Given the sheer magnitude of payloads, the size of the vehicle and the types of loads tractor trailers carry, truck drivers in West Virginia and throughout the country are legally held to a higher standard of safety than other drivers. Unfortunately, not every driver of a large commercial vehicle exercises due caution while on the road.
That may have been the case in a recent truck accident close to Star City. A man changing a tire on Interstate 79 was killed when a semi truck hit him. The collision happened at about 1:30 p.m., and pictures of the accident site show that the roadway was wet with rain.
The driver of the pickup truck the deceased man was working on was also injured. Responders transported him to Ruby Memorial Hospital.
A news story doesn't indicate whether or not the truck driver was distracted or otherwise negligent before or during the accident, but police are still investigating. Since commercial truck drivers are required to log their time on the road and properly maintain their vehicles, these matters often come up in wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits.
Police may also check the driver's cell phone to see if he was using it prior to the collision.
Even in cases that would appear to be clear-cut, proving a driver's negligence requires specific legal knowledge. In the wake of a tragedy like the one described here, grieving family members would do well to apprise themselves of their options for holding the responsible parties accountable.
Source: wboy.com, "UPDATE: 1 Dead After I-79 Pedestrian Accident Near Star City," Kim Freda, May 7, 2013