Six years ago, 17 year old Eric Breeden was killed when a tractor trailer ran a red light at an intersection on Route 460. An accident reconstructionist determined the truck was going nearly 80 miles an hour when it entered the intersection.
In an effort to prevent future tragedies like this, Eric’s father petitioned the state to drop the speed limit at intersections along Route 460. According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the speed limit was lowered to 50 mph at intersections and warning lights have been installed to alert truckers and other drivers that they are approaching a traffic signal.
Accidents like Eric Breeden’s and others highlight the dangers of truck accidents, especially when those accidents involve cars and other, smaller vehicles. Due to the disparity in size, victims of truck accidents often experience severe injuries such as spinal or traumatic brain injuries, or even death.
Personal injury and wrongful death cases have strict timelines for filing claims and it is important not to let these pass by. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a truck accident, contact the West Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys of Colombo Law at 800-860-1414. We represent accident victims in Fairmont, Clarksburg, Morgantown, and throughout North Central West Virginia.