Malfunctioning brakes cause wreck, personal injury

Tractor-trailer companies must provide necessary maintenance to their vehicles. Failing to do so puts everyone on West Virginia roads at risk for serious personal injury. Police believe that faulty brakes contributed to a devastating tractor-trailer accident in which 11 people were injured.

According to police, the tractor-trailer was leaving Interstate 376 when its brakes malfunctioned. The driver was unable to stop, and the 18-wheeler collided into a row of nine waiting cars, sparking a chain reaction. Altogether, 11 people were injured, of which nine treatment at an area hospital. The passengers in the first vehicle that was hit -- two 70-year-old women -- were part of those nine, with one of the women last listed in serious condition.

The wreck shut down traffic on the exit lane, and a local police chief said that he had not seen such a devastating accident in his 38 years on the force. Police are still investigating the accident to determine if there were any other contributing factors other than the malfunctioning brakes. However, the trucking company that owns and maintains the vehicle has apparently been cited for several violations in the past 24 months, including at least five traffic light violations. The company acknowledged that its truck was involved in the crash, but has not said anything else.

Due to their sheer size and weight, accidents involving tractor-trailers can be devastating. Injuries from these types of accidents are often severe, and hefty medical bills, time away from work and mental trauma only add to the burden. Personal injury claims are usually an effective course of action for West Virginia victims, as the resulting compensation can be applied to any of the related damages.

Source: wpxi.com, "11 hurt when tractor trailer plows into traffic in Churchill", Nov. 17, 2017

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