By John Cooper, West Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer
In coal mining communities such as West Virginia, coal trucks are a constant danger on the roads. These are heavy vehicles that require long stopping distances. However, the roads of West Virginia are narrow and winding in many of the mountainous regions.
Recently, the West Virginia Record reported on how four people are suing King Coal Trucking LLC after they claim one of its coal truck drivers caused an accident that left them injured. The report stated the dump truck driver was also named as a defendant in the suits.
The West Virginia Record reported that the accident occurred on April 1, 2014. Sheila Allen was driving a 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer north on W.Va. 10. Three passengers were in the car. The complaints that were filed this month in Logan Circuit Court stated they were hit by the coal truck and suffered injuries and damages as a result of the actions of the trucker.
The lawsuit stated the truck driver owed occupants of the car a duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of his coal truck which he breached by driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions and failed to maintain control of his vehicle, according to the lawsuits.
The plaintiffs in the case claimed the driver’s employer, King Coal, was responsible for his actions, because he was operating within the scope of his employment.
The victims of the crash say they sustained injuries and damages because of the negligence of the trucker. The claim includes medical bills and other related expenses, pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages and mental, physical and emotional hardship. The plaintiffs are being represented by Samuel A. Hrko of the Segal Law Firm.
West Virginia is the scene of many coal truck accidents every year. In 2014, a woman and her two children were injured in a wreck with a coal truck at the entrance of Sharon Dawes Elementary School in Kanawha.
Deputies said a driver was turning into a school and a coal truck driver was coming up behind it. The coal truck driver was unable to brake in time, so he crossed the center lane to avoid hitting the car and crashed head-on with the van driven by the woman.
In accidents involving coal trucks and other dump trucks, the injuries sustained may be extremely serious and the occupants of cars usually suffer more serious injuries than the truckers. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a coal truck or a dump truck, call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.