One Injured in Box Truck/18-Wheeler Accident on I-64 in Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA -- April 26, 2022, one person was injured when a box truck and a tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 64 in Charlottesville.
Authorities say the incident happened just after 8:00 a.m. on westbound I-64 at mile marker 124, near the US-250 exit. According to preliminary reports, a box truck collided with an 18-wheeler loaded with corn. The impact caused the big rig to overturn and dump corn onto the roadway.
One person was cut free of the damaged trucks and transported to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-64 in Charlottesville
Over many years in this business I've learned that crashes between commercial trucks often turn into a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" between the companies behind the trucks and their drivers. The majority of companies are dead-set against accepting blame without a fight, so while the drivers' employers bicker back and forth the injured victim may be stuck waiting to find out who's going to help them.
Based on what the news reported some may think there's not much dispute about fault. One truck allegedly hit the other, so what else is there to know? Well, reports don't say what exactly the 18-wheeler was doing when it was hit, and that's obviously an important detail. If the big rig driver cut the box truck off, braked suddenly in front of it, or did any of a dozen other risky things, suddenly fault for the crash wouldn't be so cut-and-dried. Whether or not any such thing happened would have to be proven with further investigation, but it's not impossible for the supposedly at-fault company to argue something like that regardless.
Folks may think I'm just being cynical, but these concerns come from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families whose lives were affected by crashes like this. From what I've seen, when it's time to hold someone accountable any notion of trucker fraternity goes right out the window, at least on the corporate and/or legal level. Moreover, a lot of victims and families feel their only recourse is through workers' compensation after these accidents. They may receive some help from that program, but as a matter of principle the parties responsible for their damages should be held properly accountable and help with the costs of getting back on their feet.
A company with a million-dollar truck insurance policy has a lot to lose and will fight like hell to keep it. That's just as true when trucks hit each other as it is when they hit anyone else, which is why it's important to investigate these incidents carefully and learn all the facts. Experienced professionals need to gather evidence so those affected have the tools to overcome all the buck-passing and finger-pointing and get the help they need.