A tow truck driver was stopped on the shoulder of I-495 in Northern Virginia on Dec. 29, attending to an abandoned car when his life came to an abrupt and tragic end. A box truck crossed the shoulder and hit the tow truck driver. He died at the scene.
The accident happened along the southbound lanes of I-495 at the exit for Route 7.
The driver of the box truck who crossed the shoulder and killed the tow truck driver was charged with reckless driving. The truck he was operating had non-functional brakes and several other safety violations.
Our deepest condolences go out to the tow truck driver’s family and loved ones. Losing someone you care about is heartbreaking, but it’s especially difficult when the loss is sudden and totally unexpected. It also has to be infuriating to know that this awful incident could have been avoided, if only the box truck was maintained in a reasonably safe condition.
Unfortunately, we have seen many reckless truck drivers with poorly maintained vehicles cause tragedies on the roads of Virginia before. In our work as Virginia personal injury lawyers, we’ve represented families of victims who were seriously injure, or lost their lives, in accidents involving poorly maintained trucks. In a case in 2000, we secured a $600,000 settlement for a truck accident victim who was left with a brain injury.
The heartbreaking accident on I-495 should serve as a reminder to all truck drivers – pay close attention to driving at all times, and make sure that your truck is properly maintained.