A head-on collision between a pickup truck and a dump truck in the 1200 block of Portsmouth Boulevard in Suffolk, Virginia (VA), sent the drivers of both vehicles to hospitals with serious injuries. The wreck occurred at around 2 pm on October 27, 2014, and one of the injured men was hurt so badly that he needed to be medevaced to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for lifesaving surgery.
The preliminary investigation into the truck accident indicates that the man behind the wheel of the pickup crossed the center line of the road and wound up in the path of the construction vehicle. Police did not release information on whether the apparently at-fault driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, experiencing a medical emergency, distracted or speeding. Each of those things could cause a person to lose control while driving.
Regardless of what explains the crash, the outcome remains unchanged. Two people nearly lost their lives due to negligence or recklessness. Even the scenario in which the at-fault driver suffered a seizure, fainting spell or heart attack could be determined to constitute negligence if the man knew he had a health condition that could make driving unsafe for him and others.
Also regardless of why the accident happened, my Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I hope everyone learning about the incident understands and adheres to their responsibility to stay in their own lane while driving.