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3 Seniors Killed in Fluvanna Co. Truck Wreck

Three people were killed in a Fluvanna County, Virginia accident last week when a truck driver lost control of his vehicle. Sources say the January 23, 2017 accident occurred when a southbound tractor trailer carrying sand crossed the center line while heading down hill on a curve on Route 15. The truck struck a northbound car before falling over on its side.

Tragically, all three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A married couple, both 69, and the mother of the woman, 91 were killed. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was charged with reckless driving. Additional charges are pending. All people involved in this incident were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

We send our condolences to the family of the victims. Unfortunately, when trucks and cars collide, the folks in the smaller vehicle often end up with serious injuries – or are killed. The sheer difference in size between the truck and car frequently spell disaster.

Professional truck drivers should know to slow down on curves and when going downhill. We’ll be curious to learn about the driver’s state of mind at the time of the accident. Was he driving drowsy? Or perhaps he fell asleep at the wheel? The investigation should reveal more about why the driver lost control of his vehicle.

Professional drivers often work long hours without a break to sleep, eat or rest. Though the job isn’t physically demanding in the traditional sense, long drives can take a real toll on the body. It’s possible this tractor trailer driver hadn’t gotten enough rest before his shift, or that he was burnt out by long hours on the road. Highway hypnosis can occur in professional truck drivers who have been at the wheel too long.

Until we know more, it is impossible to speculate. Still, the family of the victims undoubtedly have questions about their rights following the crash. We encourage them to reach out for a free, no-risk consultation from our firm.

 

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.