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1 Dead in Virginia Beach Dump Truck Crash

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One person died and two others were hurt in a rear end crash with a dump truck in Virginia Beach on Dec. 29. 

Virginia Beach police stated that the dump truck accident happened at 10 am in the 2800 block of Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach. A dump truck had stopped in the right westbound lane and was backing up into a construction site when a Ford pickup truck slammed into the rear of the truck.

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The crash sent the pickup truck spiraling into the other westbound lane, where it hit a Honda. The passenger in the pickup truck died and the driver of the pickup and the Honda were injured.

Charges are pending.

Our View

The Virginia CDL manual points out that commercial truck drivers who are attempting an unusual maneuver on a public road – such as backing up into a construction site – must have spotters on hand to stop and direct traffic, and to ensure that the truck backs into the site safely.

Failing to do so in this Virginia Beach truck crash lead to needless injury and loss of life.

Commercial truck drivers are obligated to drive their vehicles in a safe manner, and it appears that the dump truck in this case did not do so. There could be a valid case for a wrongful death lawsuit against the dump truck driver and the truck company.

As Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys, we have seen past truck accidents that lead to the death of an innocent person, such as this wrongful death settlement case for $2.4 million in 2006.  The key to that case was hiring a grief counselor who spoke with the surviving family to get a full understanding of the huge personal and emotional loss they had suffered.