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Wrecks Involving Dump Trucks – Driver Runs Light and Kills Woman in Petersburg

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Wrecks Involving Dump Trucks – Driver Runs Light and Kills Woman in Petersburg

Dump trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the roads of Virginia. Every year, wrecks involving dump trucks claim lives and leave people seriously injured.

I was saddened to read about how another innocent life has been lost due to a dump truck driver apparently failing to pay attention.

Police were called to an accident involving a dump truck and two vehicles on Route 460 in Petersburg.

Route 460 is a busy highway that links Suffolk with Petersburg. Although it is not an interstate, it carries a large amount of trucking traffic. Route 460 also has built-up areas where the speed limit slows and intersections with lights.

dump trucks wrecks in Virginia are often deadly

Cooper Hurley helps people injured in trucking wrecks

Police say the deadly crash occurred near Wagner Road around 5:44 p.m. on Tuesday. Two dump trucks were traveling on Route 460, police said.

The police report said the driver of the second dump truck failed to see a light at the intersection had changed and hit a vehicle that had the right of way on Wagner Road.

The wreck caused the death of a 23-year-old woman in the vehicle that was hit by the dump truck.

Police had not released the name of the woman killed in the dump truck crash.  The same dump truck hit two other vehicles.

Four people were hurt. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

The dump truck veered off the road and ended up in a swamp.

Police did not say if the driver who caused the dump truck wreck would face criminal charges. My thoughts are with the family of the woman who died through no fault of her own.

Wrecks Involving Dump Trucks – The Most Dangerous Vehicles on the Roads

There is a disproportionate number of wrecks involving dump trucks, given the number of vehicles on the road.

Dump trucks can be deadly, because:

1 – They are heavy and difficult to steer

2 – They take a long time to come to a complete stop after the driver applies the brake.

3 – They carry cargo like loose stones and debris that can be a hazard to other road users if it falls off.

4 – Dump trucks work in dirty environments that cause wear and tear. They may be poorly maintained.

5 – Dump trucks and garbage trucks have large blind spots.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have represented clients who suffered very serious injuries in wrecks with dump trucks. We have also represented the families of those who lost their lives. All cases are different and unique and no result is an indicator of what you can expect to recover. In 2016 we reached a $675,000 settlement for a woman who suffered a head injury when she was rear-ended by a dump truck in Virginia Beach.

If you have been hurt due to the fault of a dump truck driver, or the driver of any other commercial vehicle or car, please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper

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.

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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.

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Bill O’mara

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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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