Residents of Virginia know that winding roads, adverse weather conditions, and rushed commuters can make for a dangerous drive. However, none of these conditions are quite as frightening as faulty brakes on a commercial vehicle. Local law enforcement agents in another state, West Virginia, are still investigating a grisly commercial vehicle accident that may have involved defective brakes.
Tragically, the crash, which occurred on March 9, took the lives of two children, one 8-year-old and one 7-year-old. Initial reports of the incident, which took place as a major snowstorm was moving across the country towards the East Coast, noted a water truck had somehow fallen on top of a sedan. The children's mother was behind the wheel of the sedan at the time of the crash, and had to be transported to a hospital with injuries. Fortunately the 49-year-old woman sustained only non-life-threatening injuries, though the incident robbed her of her two children.
The truck driver, who also required treatment for his own injuries, claimed that his truck's brakes failed to work in the proper manner, leading to the deadly crash. However, police reviewing the accident noted that the brakes did not appear to play a major role, although they are continuing their investigation. If police find that the brakes did indeed fail in a case like this, accident victims may be able to recover damages from a negligent truck company.
If faulty brakes are not the issue, police will turn their attention to the behavior of each driver. Weather conditions can complicate this, because sometimes truck drivers can utilize poor safety tactics and not get in an accident, or utilize the proper driving procedures and still be unable to overcome Mother Nature. Still, truck drivers are duty-bound to drive defensively, especially in inclement weather, so victims should not let the inevitability of bad weather dissuade them from holding the proper parties accountable.
Source: WBOY.com, "2 children dead after water truck overturns on sedan in Harrison County," Jamie Stover, March 9, 2013