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Roanoke County, Virginia - Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Two On Interstate 81, Truck Driver Charged

Tractor-Trailer Accidents Leaves Two Dead On I-81 Roanoke VA j
Published: October 3, 2019
By: Paul
Last Updated on November 19, 2020

Passenger Car Victims Identified As 51-Year-Old Jeffrey Noffsinger And 64-Year-Old Peter Ozolins

On Wednesday, October 2nd, Virginia State Police responded to a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 81 close to mile marker 134. When they arrived, they found two passenger cars and two tractor-trailers involved in the multi-vehicle crash.

Joshua Bernard, a 38-year-old from Elizabethon, Tennessee, crashed into Noffsinger and Ozolins’ cars, as well as Yang Li’s tractor-trailer, which were stopped in traffic.

Both drivers of the passenger cars which were allegedly rammed by Bernard’s 2014 International tractor-trailer were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Tragically, both succumbed to their injuries.

Li, the 33-year-old driver of the other tractor-trailer that was affected, was lucky enough to walk away without injuries.

Various officials from the State of Virginia are involved in the ongoing investigation, though charges of reckless driving have already been filed against Bernard.

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Kevin Biniazin, an experienced semi truck accident lawyer and legal contributor for Legal Herald, has offered the following insight regarding the legal rights of those involved in truck accidents:

“An event as traumatic as a truck accident can permanently change a family due to the injuries and even death that can result from them. Moreover, physical pain is not the only impact to be considered; emotional trauma and financial struggles can also put more pressure on loved ones who are trying to heal.

It is true that nothing can change the past, but there definitely exist medical treatments and specialized therapies which can help those who’ve been injured to recover. Unfortunately, these valuable recourses can be very costly. Consider that, for a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury, their total lifetime care can reach past the $3 million mark.

Victims should also be aware of the fact that insurance policies are unlikely to cover all of the treatment required. In most cases, this is due to the fact that the policy reaches its limit, and insurance adjusters stop paying out the benefits. In these situations, pursuing a truck accident lawsuit can be a victim’s only hope fo recovering full compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a truck or tractor-trailer accident, it’s possible to recover compensations to pay for damages including:

  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of income
  • Funeral / burial bills
  • Medical treatment

Reach out to an experienced attorney who can aid in the aggressive fight for your rights, as well as for justice.”


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