Virginia Trucking Accident Injury Lawyer Report – Truck Driver Dies in Danville, VA Crash

By John Cooper, Virginia Trucking Accident Lawyer

When big rigs collide the consequences can often be serious and even fatal.  In Virginia (VA) an accident claimed the life of the driver of a Freightliner delivery truck in Danville on Feb. 23, 2012.


Investigators said the delivery truck was on the Route 29 Expressway, near the interchange with Route 58, when it veered into the right lane and struck the side of a tractor trailer, WSL10 reported. The impact caused the Freightliner truck to leave the road and flip over, killing 61-year-old Nelson Leon Layman, of Dayton, VA.

As Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys, our thoughts are with the family of the driver. So often when large trucks are involved in a crash one mistake can be a matter of life and death.

WSL 10 reported the Freightliner was hauling milk, and is owned by the trucking company Trucking, C&T Durham out of Greensboro, North Carolina.  The other truck driver was not hurt.

As a Virginia Beach trucking accident injury lawyer, I see many truck crashes on the busy interstates of cities such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth, which are major transportation hubs.

In a recent report I looked at how America’s roads are getting safer but they are becoming more dangerous for truck drivers.

The 2010 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report on accidents found car accident deaths had fallen to their lowest level since 1949, but the number of fatal commercial truck accidents rose by an alarming 8.7 percent in 2010.

Fatigue is a factor in many crashes amid concerns greater pressures are being placed on truck drivers. Cities including Norfolk, Newport News and Portsmouth are major transportation freight hubs that see hundreds of trucks coming in and out, using interstates such as I-64, I-664 and I-264.


The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.

John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.

John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website

About Cooper Hurley Law

Experienced personal injury attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley are the partners of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. They are joined by attorneys Griff O'Hanlon and Bill O'Mara. The firm has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cooper Hurley works with clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, and people hurt at businesses and by dangerous products.
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