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Fatal Chesterfield Tractor-Trailer Accident

One driver is dead after a serious accident on Route 288 in Chesterfield on Monday, April 6, 2015. The accident caused major backups, and traffic was eventually diverted forcing drivers to take a different route.

According to reports the Virginia State Police stated, “A 2006 Ford pickup was stopped the left travel lane when a 2008 Freightliner tractor-trailer approached and struck the pickup pushing it into a 2011 Peterbilt, after striking the trailer of the Peterbilt the pickup veered right and struck a 2014 Subaru Outback, both the pickup and the Subaru came to rest on the right shoulder.”

Tragically the driver of the pickup truck was killed. No other injuries have been reported.

Virginia Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer – GET HELP NOW

There is no reason for a large truck to ever tailgate or follow other vehicles too closely. However, this happens day in and day out on highways in Virginia. In this case, it looks as if that is exactly what caused this tragic accident. It is essential that trucks maintain a safe following distance. This gives them enough time to safely brake in the event of an unexpected action ahead.

It can be difficult to think about in a time like this, but loved ones of victims killed in such accidents may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In such a time of suffering and anguish, the last thing bereaved family members need to worry about is financial matters; it’s the responsibility of the at-fault driver or responsible entity to pay the attendant costs.