Hampton, VA - Two Killed in Dump Truck Accident on W. Pembroke Ave

Two men were killed on Wednesday, October 11th when a dump truck and a pick-up truck collided at an intersection in Hampton. The accident took place at about 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Aberdeen Road and West Pembroke Avenue. 

The two occupants of the pick-up truck died at the scene. They have been identified as Dale Andrew Blair, 61, of Hampton, and Robert James Brooks, 89, of Newport News.

Who is liable for my Virginia dump truck accident?

The dump truck operator remained at the scene and has, thus far, cooperated with the investigation. It is unclear if he was injured during the crash. 

The Hampton Police Accident Reconstruction Team said that their initial investigation determined that the pick-up truck was making a lefthand turn onto Aberdeen Road when it was hit by the eastbound dump truck. No comments have been made regarding speed or impairment.

Dump trucks play an essential role in keeping our community clean. Unfortunately, their immense size, limited visibility, and rigid schedules can make them dangerous, particularly on neighborhood roadways. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a dump truck accident in the Virginia Beach area, the experienced Virginia truck accident attorneys at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp can help. Call us today to schedule a free case review.

What Causes Virginia Dump Truck Accidents?

Just like any other type of motor vehicle accident, human error is the leading cause of dump truck accidents in Virginia. The recklessness and negligence of dump truck operators and other drivers can easily lead to an avoidable collision. Dump truck drivers and other employees of the city’s sanitation department are responsible for carrying out their jobs while showing due care for the community. This involves operating dump trucks in a careful and safe manner and always complying with best driving practices and the rules of the road. Many dump truck accidents are caused by: 

  • Distracted drivers
  • Incompetent or inadequately trained dump truck operators
  • Drivers under the influence
  • Reckless third-party drivers
  • Vehicle malfunctions or mechanical failures
  • Faulty equipment
  • Poorly laid out crosswalks and roadways  
  • Debris or defects in the roadway

Determining the cause of your dump truck accident is the first step toward pursuing financial compensation for your damages. Once you figure out the cause of your accident, you can identify the at-fault party or parties. From there, you can file an insurance claim or personal injury claim against the liable party. Our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers can assist you with these steps as you pursue recovery. 

Who is Liable for My Virginia Dump Truck Accident?

Liability determines who will cover your damages. If you plan on filing a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that the defendant was negligent. Parties commonly liable for dump truck accidents include:   

  • The owner of the dump truck
  • Dump truck driver
  • Company in charge of sanitation services
  • A municipality
  • Road construction crew
  • Truck part manufacturer
  • Third-party driver

In many instances, the company that oversees sanitation operations will be liable for any damages since they are vicariously liable for the driver’s actions. They are also responsible for the inspection and maintenance of their vehicles. In truck accidents, it is not uncommon for multiple parties to be held liable for a serious accident. More than one party could be jointly responsible for an accident as well. An experienced Virginia Beach dump truck accident attorney can answer any questions you have about who is liable for your dump truck accident.  

Were You Injured in a Virginia Dump Truck Accident?

The decisions you make immediately after a dump truck accident can have a major impact on the results of your case. Working with the established, reputable personal injury law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp can help you get the compensation you are entitled to and ensure that those who caused your injuries are held accountable. Call us today at (833) 997-1774 or fill out or easy online form to schedule your free consultation with one of our Virginia truck accident attorneys

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