The Charleston Gazette posted earlier this month on a deadly coal trucking accident that took the life of the driver. The haulage accident occurred near Cabin Creek at the Massey Energy surface mine.
The accident occurred around 5:35 in the afternoon on a Saturday at the fork of Carbon Road and Cabin Creek Road. The driver lost control of the truck while traveling downhill, causing his vehicle to overturn, killing the driver. Authorities believe that brake failure on the truck and the icy road conditions contributed to the accident.
Unfortunately, trucking accidents of this type are not rare. The same coal company lost another driver in a similar manner earlier last year. In that case a 70-year old driver lost control of his truck when he tried to drive up a short embankment while traveling downhill on a paved road. His truck overturned and he was thrown from the car, dying while pinned underneath the cab.
Following the two deadly trucking accident, trucking officials claim that they are doing everything in their power to ensure that haul roads are safe.
Even though we follow the issue closely, our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti remained sadden by each story of deadly and destruction caused by runaway trucks. There are clear patterns that lead to many of these accidents, including driving on icy roads and the failure of air brakes on the vehicles. It is imperative that trucking companies properly take these factors into account every time that they send a truck onto a road. Failure to do so often results in accidents like these where the truck driver or others are injured or killed. Please contact our truck accident lawyers if you have ever been hurt by a negligent truck.
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