Most of the time, when we hear there is a tractor trailer crash, we blame the driver. It’s nothing personal. It’s just that truck drivers are in control of such huge machines. When something goes wrong, it’s only natural to think the person in the passenger vehicles is just an innocent victim. This wasn’t the case in Williamsburg this past weekend.
35-year old Errol Fraser of Newport News, Virginia was speeding down Interstate-64 in York County. For some reason, he drove right into the back of a Freightliner tractor trailer in front of him.
When Fraser plowed into the truck, he was going very fast, according to witnesses. He was, sadly, killed on impact. There is no report so far on the condition of the man driving the Freightliner tractor trailer.
The investigation is still ongoing. Given the fact that the crash happened at 3 am on Saturday, the police believe alcohol may have been a factor. However, this has not yet been confirmed. Toxicology reports are surely pending.
The authorities did confirm that Fraser was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. They’re not sure if a seatbelt would’ve prevented his death, but it could have kept his injuries to a minimum.
In a situation like this, the rear driver would normally be found to be at fault. However, if there proves to have been a defect with his car, he may not be held liable. This will be important for the families of both victims from a legal standpoint.
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