Culpeper, VA — A local man was killed along U.S. Route 29 after his car was in an accident with a parked semi-truck near Route 299 in Culpeper. Police said that Brian Seay was killed when his red Saturn sedan hit the back of a disabled semi-truck that was on the shoulder of Route 29.
The larger truck had been parked near the exit for Route 299 in the southbound lanes of Route 29 when Seay’s car crashed into it. Apparently, the truck had experienced a flat tire and the driver, 45-year old Jerry Cosby, had activated his hazards and was waiting for help when Seay’s car crashed into it.
It’s not clear if Seay had swerved off the roadway. Police later said that Cosby was cited for failure to display warning signals and that they would be investigating further.
Brian Seay was from Culpeper.
Approximate Site of the Accident
Though the news reports said that the semi-truck was on the shoulder of the highway, I have to wonder if that was really the case. The reason that this is important is that 18-wheeler and semi-truck drivers are actually bound to a higher law than just state law; driver of commercial trucks have to follow the regulations laid out in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. Among many other things, the FMCSA has very specific instructions for commercial trucks being parked on the side of a highway – disabled or not. My point is this: even though it seems like a driver who hits the back of a parked vehicle is obviously at fault, that’s not always the case. If the car is parked in the roadway, we wouldn’t be so quick to judge, right? Well, this applies to commercial trucks as well.
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