When a truck collides with any sort of passenger vehicle, there will almost certainly be serious injuries involved. But when a large truck strikes a relatively small vehicle, it’s shocking if anyone makes it out alive. On September 27, a cattle truck hit a Chevy Cavalier in Augusta County, and the accident claimed the lives of two men from that county.

The truck accident occurred when a cattle truck went over the center lane on Route 254. A 2002 Chevy Cavalier was struck as a result, and its two occupants died away at the scene. A head-on collision is often the worst type of truck crash, causing either fatalities or serious injury, and this incident was no exception. While the Chevy’s driver and passenger were killed, the driver of the cattle truck received injuries described as life-threatening. The driver of the Chevy was 52-years-old and his passenger was 70-years-old.

In accidents where one car veers over the center lane or unexpectedly crosses any lane, investigations may discover negligence. A sleepy driver, for instance, can nod off behind the wheel while their vehicle sways across the road. A distracted driver can be focusing on so many other things that proper steering takes a backseat to actions such as texting, talking or eating. Being fatigued or distracted are not crimes in general; however, when someone is operating a motor vehicle that person must behave reasonably and responsibly.

Truck drivers are held to even higher standards than other drivers. Given the massive size and bulk of their vehicles, just slightly crossing a lane can cause a highly damaging impact. Victims and their families, though, don’t have to accept truck drivers’ negligence as inevitable. Negligent drivers can be held accountable through civil actions in wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits. Following a tragedy, these routes are often one of the few ways that those affected can obtain compensation for the damages they’ve sustained.

Source: NBC 29, “Police investigate Augusta County double fatal accident,” Sept. 27, 2013