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Two children among three dead in commercial vehicle accident

An investigation into a late-August car accident in neighboring Maryland has resulted in identification of the victims of the deadly crash. All three who perished, including two children, hailed from Virginia. The commercial vehicle accident took place in Anne Arundel County on August 27, on Route 3 near Route 32. A commercial delivery truck struck a Toyota Camry during rush hour, ultimately involving several vehicles and claiming three lives.

According to police, the 36-year-old driver of the delivery truck had been driving at a speed of around 50 miles per hour, which was actually within the posted limit of that area. However, police think the truck driver failed to slow that speed as he approached a traffic backup. As commuters in the Northern Virginia area know, unexpected obstacles, such as construction or traffic jams, can cause cruising traffic to come to a grinding halt very quickly. If a driver fails to adjust their speed accordingly, negligence on their part may cause an accident.

In this recent case, the accident was described as horrific by a police spokesman. The accident victims included three people who were riding in the Toyota's backseat: a 37-year-old, a 14-year-old, and a 7-year-old, all from Warsaw, Virginia. Police note that the victims were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but the severity of the impact was such that it virtually negated that safety feature.

Commercial vehicle drivers are required to follow all federal and state laws, as well as the safety regulations of their own company, at all times when on the road. If they disregard these regulations, or simply fail to exercise reasonable care while driving their commercial vehicle, they can be sued as a negligent truck driver by accident victims or surviving family members of victims.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Police identify victims of multi-vehicle crash," Tricia Bishop, Aug. 28, 2013

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