Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Brocks Gap Road near in Broadway. The victim was a 54 year-old resident of Mathias, W.Va.
According to reports, the victim was driving a 2000 Isuzu SUV eastbound near Runion Creek Road. At the same time, a tractor trailer, driven by a 44 year-old man from Jacksonville, FL was driving westbound, hauling a load of poultry. The driver of the truck crossed over the center lane of the road, ran off to the left and overcorrected to the right. This caused the truck to overturn, landing on top of the Isuzu, with the victim inside. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was shut down for hours as police investigated the accident.
The driver of the truck was uninjured. Police have charged him with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a controlled substance (prescription drugs) and driving after being declared a habitual offender.
Illegal drug use among truck drivers is one of the major causes for trucking accidents that kill and injure thousands of people each year in this country. Statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) include:
- Approximately 35 percent of truck drivers who die in truck accidents test positive for at least one illegal drug.
- The most common drugs used by truck driver while driving are alcohol and marijuana (13 percent), followed by amphetamines/methamphetamines (seven percent).
- Drug and alcohol use is the second leading cause of truck accidents.
- Over 30 percent of truck drivers involved in accidents which were caused by driver fatigued also tested positive for drug use.
If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney today to find out what legal action you may be able to take.