One Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Orange Avenue in Roanoke, VA
Roanoke, VA -- May 5, 2022, one person was injured due to an accident where a tractor-trailer and another vehicle crashed along Orange Avenue.
According to reports, officials said that the incident happened at around 6:50 a.m. along Orange Avenue at the intersection of Gainsboro Road.
Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear. It involved a tractor-trailer and two other passenger vehicles. One person involved was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on Orange Avenue in Roanoke
It's not unusual for there to be few details after a complex commercial truck wreck, but it's important steps are taken to ensure investigations are more thorough than a typical police report. That's rarely more true than in a state like Virginia. This is due to the relatively unique standards of liability that Virginia has which can be significant challenging for the average person to overcome.
Put simply, Virginia is one of just a few states operating on a standard of Contributory Negligence. Essentially, the law says that if someone is at all responsible for their own injuries, they lose any potential claim to get help for those injuries. Even if some reckless driver is 99% at fault, an insurance company putting just 1% of blame on the victim can tank the whole case.
Now, I don't say this to discourage people or to make getting them help seem impossible. On the contrary, the point is to encourage people to seek out professional help as soon as they can. The best foundation for someone seeking assistance is clear evidence and as much of it as possible. The sooner those steps are taken, the less room there is for insurance companies to use these ridiculous legal standards to their advantage.