By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer
When big rigs pull out suddenly on urban streets, they can cause chaos for other traffic. This appears to have been what happened in Richmond, Virginia this week in a crash that led to four students being taken to VCU Medical Center to be checked out after a school bus accident at Bank and 9th Streets.
The wreck occurred near the Virginia State Capitol in downtown Richmond on Thursday morning CBS reported. No serious injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
The CBS report stated the accident involved a Richmond Public Schools bus and a pick-up truck. The news report said a big rig pulled out onto 9th Street and caused traffic to stop quickly. It cited police sources. There were 15 students on the bus at the time of the accident.
The uninjured students were put on a second bus and continued their ride to Richmond Alternative School.
Police were called to the accident scene at 9:28 a.m. The investigation into the downtown crash is ongoing.
If a truck driver is inattentive and causes a crash, he or she may be liable for injuries caused in that accident, even the driver was not involved in the impact itself.
In the book I co-wrote with my colleague Jim Hurley – The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents – we explore about how the competitiveness of the trucking industry can place too much pressure on drivers and lead to problems such as fatigue that can result in accidents.
We also look at who can be held liable after a trucking accident. It may not just be the driver. Other parties who can be sued are the owner of the truck and trailer, the person or a company that was leasing the truck or the trailer from the owner, the manufacturer of a big rig or a loader.
Trucking accidents can be very complex. Often federal law comes into play and they cross state lines. An experienced Virginia trucking accident law firm like Cooper Hurley can help you ensure these cases are properly investigated and acted on. Call us for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.