Faulty Brakes May Have Caused Fatal Truck Accident


By Rick Shapiro, Personal Injury Attorney

Over the weekend a tragic accident occurred when a coal-hauling truck overturned at a Massey Energy Co. mine site in West Virginia (WV), killing Charles Qualls.  My thoughts go out to his family and I am sorry for their pain.  It is always a terrible loss when a family member unexpectedly passes, especially when it seems the accident could have been prevented and at a place we often think of as safe: work.


Qualls won’t just be missed by his family but the entire community.  He was a member of the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department and is the second member to die this year, reports West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


The crash happened on a haul road owned by the coal company and we are unsure if it was caused by faulty brakes and icy roads.  Two inspectors were sent to investigate the wreck.  In either case the mine company needs to take the safety and health of their employees more seriously.


If the road was icy, steps need to be taken to ensure safe driving conditions.  Even worse if the brakes on the truck were defective the family of the victim would have good reason to pursue a wrongful death case.  Sending someone to work in dangerous conditions with faulty equipment is a recipe for disaster and could violate both state and federal trucking regulations.

 Massey says it will investigate the crash and work to ensure its haul roads are safe.



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