A Virginia truck driver is now dead following a deadly accident out of state. In the early morning hours of Nov. 9, a man from Glade Spring was driving a tractor-trailer in Ohio when his vehicle struck the car of a 49-year-old female driver.

Tractor trailer accidents can easily entail serious injuries or worse for those involved, and this incident was no exception.

According to highway patrol authorities in Ohio, the truck had been heading west on Ohio 5, near Knapp Road, when it first collided with the smaller eastbound car shortly before 1 a.m.

After that initial impact, the truck then careened into nearby trees and finally rolled over, with horrific results: death for the truck driver and injuries for the driver of the car.

In truck accidents involving tractor trailers, survivors can walk away with their lives intact, but their bodies may suffer catastrophic damage, long-lasting ailments, or both.

In this incident, the lucky woman who survived the crash received treatment at an area hospital, where doctors deemed her injuries non-life threatening. Despite this relatively optimistic diagnosis, however, she and other truck accident victims could face afflictions down the road if they do not pursue a thorough examination after an accident.

Depending on the type of truck that causes or is involved in a tractor trailer collision, laws and regulations may treat that vehicle as a portable business. Consequently, victims of these mammoth motor vehicles are automatically engaged in a more complex legal process than if they were hit by another car.

Sadly, Virginia has not been immune to truck crashes of its own recently: on Nov. 13 in Louisa County, Interstate 64 saw a dual lane closure as the result of a tractor trailer accident. The westbound portion of the roadway was closed for several hours as crews remedied the scene.

Source: The Plain Dealer, “Virginia truck driver killed in early-morning crash.” Michael Sangiacomo, Nov. 9, 2012.