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Commercial vehicle accidents spur injuries, criminal charges

A Virginia parent's worst nightmare is to hear that a school bus crash has occurred in his or her city or town. A commercial vehicle accident involving any vehicles which carry multiple passengers has the potential to cause great harm, especially if it is caused by another's negligence. Fortunately, a recent accident involving a commercial truck and a school bus in Virginia Beach led to only relatively minor injuries.

The incident took place on the morning of October 22, near the intersection of Holland Road and Damascus Trail. Few details were available immediately after the collision, which involved a FedEx truck and a school bus carrying 16 students. The accident caused the driver of the bus, as well as one student, to be treated at a local hospital for injuries due to broken glass.

Several other commercial vehicle accidents took place throughout the state last month. In Sussex County, an Amtrak passenger train struck a farm truck; no one was seriously hurt, but the driver of the truck did suffer some minor injuries. At the time of the incident, there were over 150 passengers aboard the train. state police are still investigating the accident and have not yet decided whether to bring charges.

A frightening incident occurred earlier in October when a log truck turned-over during the afternoon rush hour in Chesterfield County. In addition to spilling its load of heavy logs, the truck also began leaking gas and a hazardous materials crew had to be called to the scene. Police charged the driver of the log truck with reckless driving.

Commercial vehicle accidents can happen in any part of Virginia at any time. The injuries they cause can range from minor to catastrophic to even fatal, and they can turn many more people into accident victims than can the average two-vehicle accident. Adding to their complexity is the fact that more than one individual or entity may have acted negligently and thus may be responsible for damages. A qualified commercial accident attorney can provide a victim and his or her family with the knowledge and resources needed to obtain compensation for damages.

Source: WAVY.com, "School bus, FedEx truck crash in Virginia Beach," Stephanie Ballesteros, Oct. 22, 2014

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