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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Motorcyclist is Killed in Truck Crash in Frederick County, VA
There are few things more frightening than an out-of-control tractor-trailer on the roads of Virginia. We were saddened to read about a recent truck crash in Frederick County in Virginia that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
The Winchester Star reported on how a 56-year-old motorcyclist from St. Louis was killed when a tractor trailer struck the motorcycle he was riding.
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. Our Virginia motorcyclist injury lawyers often work with riders who suffer very serious injuries in accidents with cars, even at slow speeds. Sadly, the odds are stacked against a motorcyclist in a crash with a tractor-trailer.
The truck crash in Frederick County was reported at the intersection of Carpers Pike (Va. 259) and Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50).
A 58-year-old truck driver from New Jersey was heading north in a 2016 Freightliner on Carpers Pike. The Winchester Star report said he was unable to stop as he approached Northwestern Pike. The big rig crossed both lanes of that highway. The truck hit a 2015 Triumph motorcycle as it crossed the lanes.
Police said the tractor-trailer came to rest on its side on the shoulder of Northwestern Pike. It also clipped a 2013 Nissan Altima after the driver lost control. However, the driver escaped injury.
Was truck crash in Frederick County caused by defective brakes?
The motorcyclist sustained serious internal injuries and was pronounced dead at Winchester Medical Center. Our thoughts are with the family of the motorcyclist in the wake of this tragic crash.
The Cause of the Fatal Truck Crash in Frederick County
Police said the trucker reported the brakes of the truck had failed, but he was subsequently charged with reckless driving.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we handle wrongful death claims involving truckers regularly. These kinds of crashes are disproportionately likely to be fatal.
These companies fail to maintain trucks properly more often than we would like to believe. They may force drivers to work long hours, causing fatigue at the wheel. They may fail to vet drivers properly for medical conditions like sleep apnea.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the fatal truck crash in Frederick County. The Star reported that the Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit of the Virginia State Police is inspecting the truck to find out if there were any equipment failures.
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or reckless actions of a trucker, please call our Virginia trucking accident injury team at (757) 455-0077.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.