• January 13, 2023

One Killed, One Injured in Truck Accident on Route 50 in Doddridge County, WV

Doddridge County, WV — January 12, 2023, one person died and another was injured when a car and a tractor-trailer collided on U.S. Route 50 in Doddridge County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. on Route 50 at Morgans Run Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was eastbound on the highway when the driver started to turn onto Morgans Run. The truck entered the path of the victims' westbound car and the two collided in the roadway.

One person died in the collision; another was transported to an area hospital.

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

If reports have their facts straight it seems like a commercial trucker failed to yield and pulled into the path of an oncoming passenger vehicle. Of course these are just preliminary findings and it's important to learn more specifics—including exactly how and why the truck ended up in the car's way (Did the driver just get impatient? Could he not see the victims' vehicle? Was the truck in good repair?). Barring something very unusual being discovered, however, fault may seem pretty straightforward.

However, as always it's best to investigate the matter carefully and thoroughly and to ensure that all the facts are known. Not only do those involved deserve to know the whole story, but a clear narrative supported by evidence is also crucial for ensuring that there are no competing versions of what happened. Trucking companies are quite well-known for denying and deflecting fault if they have the opportunity to do so, and that often means re-framing what happened in a way that makes it not their employee's fault. Without clear proof of their side of things many people have found themselves at a loss when that happens. Click below to learn more.

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