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Man Pinned by Truck in Sussex Co. Dies

A January 14, 2018 crash has claimed the life of a man on Route 460 in Sussex County. The man was driving a Dodge Dakota and hauling a utility trailer behind his vehicle. When the trailer became loose, the man stopped and attempted to secure it. Tragically, a tractor trailer rear-ended the trailer, pinning the man between the two. He survived but sustained serious injuries. The man succumbed to those injuries the next day. The driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with reckless driving.

Unsafe Freight

Anytime a driver is hauling a trailer, the risk of being involved in some kind of accident increase. While freight itself is not inherently dangerous, the simple act of adding additional weight and mechanics to a vehicle can make driving more difficult. Utility trailers are small, but any time they are not properly secure, they can cause serious issues for the driver.

Beyond Reckless Driving

In this case, of course, the tractor trailer driver’s recklessness is to blame more so than the utility trailer malfunctioning. When truck drivers fail to adequately monitor changing traffic conditions, they risk killing themselves and others on the road. While it is not clear why the driver of the tractor trailer did not stop in time, there is no doubt that they made some serious mistakes at the wheel that day. While reckless driving charges are a good start, it would not be surprising if the truck driver were facing more serious charges very soon.

Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

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.