• November 03, 2022

Truck Driver Killed in Tanker Crash on I-95 in Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA — November 2, 2022, a truck driver died when a tanker crashed and caught fire on Interstate 95 in Richmond.

Investigators have released few details about the incident so far, but say it happened Wednesday on I-95 under the Belvidere Street overpass. Reports only say that a tanker truck crashed and caught fire, causing fatal injuries to its driver.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Tanker Truck Accident on I-95 in Richmond

Obviously it's critical to learn more about what exactly led to this crash, but there may be more to investigate beyond its cause. I want to discuss something that even a lot of truckers don't talk about: How many accidents like this one become exponentially worse than they really had to be. For years now technology has existed to help trucks better protect their drivers during accidents. Sadly not every crash's fatal aftermath can be avoided, but it's been found that many serious wrecks could have stopped short of being deadly had the truck's manufacturers implemented some changes.

Truck Driver Killed in Tanker Crash on Interstate 95 in Richmond, VA

Should truckers have to pay the price for manufacturer's penny-pinching? I certainly don't think so, which is why I talk about this issue when it may be relevant. I don't have specific reasons to think the tanker truck's design was flawed in Richmond, but I don't believe anyone can say just yet that it wasn't either. Folks should simply keep in mind that if authorities didn't look into all the possible contributing elements, they may have let important details slip through the cracks. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole story.

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