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$20 Million Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Beltway Crash

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The son of a tow truck driver who died when he was hit on the Beltway around Washington, DC has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the employer of the driver who killed him.

The $20 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Green Line Moving Company in Baltimore, Maryland.

A Green Line box truck driver drove onto the median on Dec. 29 and slammed into the tow truck driver who was assisting on a disabled vehicle. The tow truck driver died at the scene.

According to the lawsuit, Green Line was negligent because it hired a driver with a poor driving record. The complaint further alleges that the driver failed to follow the ‘move over’ law in Virginia, and also was using a cell phone at the time. Further, the suit alleges that the brakes on the truck were defective.

A manager at Green Line told the media last week that that truck driver was fired after the company found out that he had traffic violations in a private vehicle.

This tragic accident could have been avoided if basic driver safety rules had been followed. The state of Virginia has the ‘move over’ law in effect so that when a vehicle is disabled on the side of a highway, passing traffic is required to move over and/or slow down. This is to prevent needless injuries and deaths as occurred in this case.

Also, it is against the law in Virginia to drive and talk on a cell phone, as this type of activity is distracting to drivers.

Our personal injury firm has represented many grieving families in wrongful death lawsuits. We once represented the family of a man whose car was rear ended by a big rig. His car flipped over and killed him; the crash happened on a rural highway in Virginia. Our legal team was able to show that the truck driver was negligent in the crash, and the case was settled for $2.4 million.

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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