While all traffic accidents are potentially dangerous, truck accidents tend to be the most dangerous of all. The sheer magnitude and speed of large commercial vehicles can easily destroy smaller cars, and for this reason, truck drivers are legally held to a higher standard of safety than other motorists. Still, simple mistakes by inattentive truck drivers often result in violent collisions.
Damaged Gas Tank Results In Spill
Police say that the driver of a dump truck in Loudoun County caused a crash that resulted in a fuel spill. While attempting to make an east-bound turn, the truck driver reportedly entered the path of two vehicles going in the opposite direction. One of the vehicles was able to avoid a collision, but the other was not. The second vehicle hit the dump truck's fuel tank, causing gas to spill onto the road.
A hazardous materials crew responded to the scene. The Ashburn road was closed for a few hours while cleaning operations were underway. Initial reports indicate that nobody was injured in the crash, and the driver of the dump truck is facing a charge of reckless driving.
People involved in violent truck accidents often suffer life-altering injuries. Driver inattention, poor maintenance and defective parts are common yet preventable factors in these crashes.
A Virginia Truck Lawyer Can Help
When injuries or fatalities occur, a complete investigation of the accident should be carried out in order to determine liability. Trucking companies go to great lengths to protect themselves from liability, but a personal injury attorney with experience in this area of the law can work to hold the responsible party accountable.