• January 27, 2022

One Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Route 39 in Campbell County, VA

Campbell County, VA -- January 25, 2022, one person was killed when a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer collided on Route 39 in Campbell County.

Authorities say the incident happened before 6:40 a.m. on Route 29 near Granny's Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a sedan and a commercial 18-wheeler collided in the area and the car became wedged beneath the front of the truck. One person was trapped inside the car after the collision and had to be extricated by emergency crews.

Officials reports that one person was killed in the collision, but no further details were released.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Route 39 in Campbell County

Right now reports say only that two vehicles collided and at least one person was killed. I don't blame police for not having all the answers about how that happened so soon, but that means there's room for speculation and guesswork, which I tend to discourage. I can appreciate the urge to try and make sense of things as quickly as possible, but it's usually unwise to play "armchair detective" and decide for one's self how things happened.

To learn more important details of the wreck investigators must still look into many of its possible factors: Driver-related issues like distraction or speeding, certainly, but also any problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the pileup. Properly evaluating all the potential variables is crucial to learning the truth of the matter.

One Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Route 39 in Campbell County, VA

It's even more important to investigate carefully because the crash happened in Virginia, which uses an archaic and frankly unfair system of liability called pure contributory negligence. In a nutshell, this system says that a victim may only collect damages if they can prove someone was 100% responsible for an accident. If defense can show the victim was even slightly to blame, the case is dismissed.

In the event that an injured victim or the family of someone killed in an accident felt the need to make a claim in Virginia, doing so is far from impossible and I'm not trying to dampen anyone's hope of seeing justice done. I'm only saying that prompt and thorough investigation must be conducted to make sure the needed proof is found and secured. With that in mind I generally recommend working with an experienced accident reconstruction expert rather than simply waiting for a police report. This helps ensure that less-obvious details are found and the whole story is uncovered. Victims and their loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to learn the truth--primarily for closure, but also so those responsible can be held accountable.

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