• February 02, 2022

Shawn Dick Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Weyers Cave, VA

Weyers Cave, VA -- February 1, 2022, Shawn Dick was killed following an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed into a truck.

Investigators reported that the crash took place along I-81 near mile marker 233 at around 5:00 a.m.

Officials said that Shawn Dick was part of a work crew putting out cones along I-81. Dick was reportedly in a truck that had amber lights activated and flashing. Somehow, a tractor-trailer driver did not see the truck and crashed into the back of it.

As a result of the collision, Dick sustained fatal injuries. The tractor-trailer driver had non-life-threatening injuries. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Shawn Dick Tractor-Trailer Accident in Weyers Cave

After an awful crash like this, it's important for people to understand that things may not be as open-and-shut as they assume. While I can't say what did or didn't happen here, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the most common reason a truck driver hits a well-lit construction vehicle is because the truck driver was doing something wrong. But getting victims and families the help they deserve isn't as simple as just assuming that to be the case. Not only does there need to be clear evidence of wrongdoing, there also needs to be consideration for what led to that mistake in the first place.

Shawn Dick Tractor-Trailer Accident Weyers Cave, VA

Here's what I mean by that. A little while ago, a family came to me with a crash where a truck driver crashed after driving for 20 hours straight and falling asleep at the wheel. That all seemed pretty straight-forward, but I always make it a point to dig deeper. It's a good thing we did because it revealed that the driver was trying to meet a ludicrous deadline set by his employer. That company would consistently set deadlines that all but required drivers to cut corners. If they failed to do so, they risked losing their jobs. The crash wasn't so much a result of some reckless driver but rather of someone coerced into being reckless by their employer, meaning there were likely more drivers putting the public in danger.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it's always prudent to look into these possibilities. Obviously, getting help for victims and families is a priority. But the hundreds of families I've helped over the years all wanted one thing: accountability. They wanted to be sure that those who harmed them were held fully responsible for their actions. Maybe this all was the result of some reckless individual driver. Maybe this is some one-in-a-million case of factors beyond the truck driver's control leading to the crash. Or maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem that needs to be addressed. The key is to make sure that the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story and have the tools to move forward from there.


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