• July 21, 2022

One Killed in Truck Accident on Route 58 in Chesapeake, VA

Chesapeake, VA — July 20, 2022, a woman died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Route 58 in Chesapeake.

According to reports the incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 58 and Snowden Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was passing through the eastbound lanes of the highway from Snowden when an eastbound sedan crashed into the side of its trailer.

The car's driver suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Rt 58 in Chesapeake

Pictures of the intersection show that vehicles on Snowden are meant to yield to passing traffic on Route 58--pretty common when local roads and highways meet. If reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver might have failed to yield, meaning much of the responsibility for the crash would fall to them (and by extension their employer).

Of course, things are rarely that simple after a truck accident. No matter how things may look on paper, the driver and the company aren't required to agree or accept liability without a fight. In fact it's far more common for the company send its own investigators and try to find alternate explanations.

One Killed in Truck Accident on Route 58 in Chesapeake, VA

In the Chesapeake crash, for example, the victim's loved ones might hear arguments that the stop sign was hard to see or even knocked over, that the truck had a sudden and mysterious brake failure (which can't be replicated by tests somehow), or--if they're feeling especially punchy--that the victim was speeding, not wearing a seat belt, or otherwise reckless in a way that was the "real" cause of her injuries.

That's not to say any of those arguments are true, only that the company's goal is to introduce enough doubt that a jury isn't convinced the truck driver is at fault. The burden of disproving all those arguments and making sure the truth is known falls to the victims and their loved ones, which can be a tall order when they're still reeling from injuries or loss.

That's why I often recommend working with independent investigators instead of simply waiting for police reports. Law enforcement doesn't always dig deep enough to find the crucial details that would help a family after a crash like this, and it breaks my heart to see justice sometimes slip through their fingers. However, with the help of abundant clear evidence and the right allies, many people have successfully held the right parties accountable after these devastating wrecks.

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