Van Passenger is Killed in Route 13 Tractor Trailer Crash in Tasley

By Griff O'Hanlon, Eastern Shore Truck Accident Lawyer

U.S. Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a fast-moving highway used by thousands of commercial vehicles every day to transport goods up and down the eastern seaboard.

It’s also the scene of numerous accidents caused by drivers who get on the highway from smaller roads and fail to gauge the speed of vehicles on Route 13 or fail to look properly. I was saddened to read about how the combination of a driver pulling out and a big rig, claimed another life this week on the Eastern Shore on Wednesday.

John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers talks about Eastern Shore wrecks

The Virginian-Pilot reported on the multi-vehicle collision in Tasley, which killed a 19-year-old from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  The Virginia State Police are investigating the Accomack County accident which occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Route 13. 

The Pilot reported a woman driving a Ford F-150 pick-up turned into the path of a van causing a collision. The four occupants of the van tried to get out, but a tractor trailer then crashed into the van before the 19-year-old could escape.  He was killed on impact.  The Virginia State Police later charged the driver of the pick-up truck with failure to yield right of way.  It is not known whether the tractor trailer driver will also face charges.

While the pick-up truck driver appears to have caused this crash, tractor-trailer drivers also have a responsibility to look out for vehicles that are stranded on the highway.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are with this young man’s family and friends during these difficult times.

Fatal Truck Wrecks on the Eastern Shore

Route 13 has also been the scene of countless fatal accidents between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.  Last year a family of five and an unborn child from Accomack County were killed in a crash caused by a tractor-trailer. The trucker faces multiple charges over the deadly wreck amid allegations of hours-of-service violations and mechanical problems on the truck.

Many of these truck drivers have been operating for long hours or are under a strict delivery deadline.  These circumstances can lead to an extremely dangerous combination of driving conditions; inattentiveness, drowsiness, and speeding.

If you have been seriously injured or had a family member killed in a collision involving a tractor trailer in Virginia, North Carolina or elsewhere, it is vitally important to speak with a lawyer experienced in trucking accidents that cross state lines to conduct a proper investigation.  You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss if it is determined that the truck driving was operating under dangerous conditions, ignored company policies or violated the law.  At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we are always happy to discuss your case with you free of charge.  We have a client meeting location at Exmore on the Eastern Shore. You may contact our experienced attorneys at (757) 455-0077. 

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