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West Virginia man injured in summer traffic pile-up

Summer, or as some call it, "towing season," has arrived. May West Virginia drivers are out pulling boats, campers and trailers down the highways in their adventures across the state. However, those vehicles may require additional precautions.

One local man recently experienced the hazards of summer driving when a traffic pile-up caused by an unhinged utility trailer resulted in a truck accident. The man had stopped his vehicle to avoid colliding with a utility trailer that had become unhinged in transport ahead of him. An approaching semi truck failed to notice the traffic pile-up in time, however, and struck the man's vehicle.

The West Virginia man was taken to a local medical center and then flown by helicopter to a second medical center for injuries. Local patrols cited both the utility trailer driver and the semi driver for traffic violations.

As this story illustrates, summer traffic may require extra care on the road. A trailer driver must take care to properly secure or inspect the trailer prior to driving it on a highway. In this case, local patrols cited the driver of the trailer for operating an unsafe vehicle.

Semi drivers also owe a greater duty of care to other drivers due to the size and nature of their rigs. Although an unhitched trailer may be unexpected, traffic pile-ups are common enough to be anticipated. For that reason, drivers are expected to keep adequate distance behind other vehicles in case they are required to come to a stop. In this case, authorities cited the semi driver for failing to maintain a safe stopping distance.

A person injured due to the negligence of another driver may be entitled to monetary compensation for current and future medical bills that result from the accident. Injury victims may also seek lost wage benefits when applicable and damages for pain and suffering. An attorney can advise you of these options.

Source: chillicothegazette.com, "2 injured in multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 23; route has reopened," June 12, 2012

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