By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer
Speed is a factor in as many as 30 percent of fatal crashes. If the driver who is speeding is behind the wheel of a truck it can spell very serious news for other drivers. I was saddened to read how Virginia State Police said a Beaverdam woman was killed after her vehicle and a Mack truck carrying tree debris crashed into each other in Caroline County.
Speed is considered to be a factor in the crash police say and a trucker was subsequently charged with reckless driving.
Police say the accident happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Route 639 (Lady Smith Road), approximately 125 feet west of Route 738 (Anderson Mill Road). Police said a 1995 Mack Truck was traveling west on 639, and as it rounded a curve, the truck crossed the double yellow line and turned over onto a 2007 Pontiac traveling east.
The accident scene was chaotic with stumps and tree limbs that spilled onto the car and the roadway.
Virginia State Police said the 50-year-old driver of the truck from Unionville, was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Pontiac, 64-year-old Gwendolyn L. Gray, died at the scene. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the impact.
Speed is being considered a factor in the crash, and the trucker has been charged with Reckless Driving.
I have seen many cases in which drivers of cars on rural roads have been minding their own business when they were hit by trucks that were driven carelessly or recklessly. The result has often been very serious injuries or death.
Trucks involved in the logging industry have a very poor record and are often badly maintained. A mechanical failure was found to be a factor in almost 11 percent of logging tractor trailer accidents and almost 13 percent of logging trucks, compared to 3.8 percent of all other heavy trucks, according to the Department of Transportation. Logging trucks were made exempt from roadside inspections in 1981. It’s not clear if the truck that was involved in the accident in Caroline County was part of the logging industry or was just being used to transport branches.
If you have lost a loved one or if you have been injured in a wreck involving a big rig in Virginia or elsewhere, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.