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Truck Accidents Archives

Fatal Virginia crash after cement truck fails to yield

Many drivers do it. They make a quick stop at a stop sign because they do not want to be stuck at an intersection for a long time. They see an opportunity to quickly travel through or make a turn, thus failing to yield to the vehicles that have the right of way. This might seem like a minor action, but when it is a large truck that fails to yield and it is an automobile traveling trough the intersection, the aftermath can be tragic.

How have hours of service regulations impacted the industry?

We all notice how large trucks fill the roadways in Virginia and nationwide, as there are many necessities and goods that need to be transported long and short distances. While this is needed for our economy to thrive, it is clear that the longer a person is behind the wheel, the chances of being involved in a collision increases. To address this problem, federal regulations have been passed to better enforce hours of service rules. However, these changes may have their setbacks.

Establishing liability in a truck accident

Large trucks tend to flood the highways in Virginia and other states across the nation. Because they can hold large shipments and travel great distances, these vehicles are ideal for transporting goods. Additionally, interstate and intrastate commerce rely on these vehicles to get these shipments to their destinations in a timely manner. Because weather can sometimes impact the ability to get somewhere on time, some truck drivers decide to take the risk of traveling when the roads are covered with rain, snow, sleet or ice. This can increase the danger of accidents. Truck drivers may also travel for a longer period of time than they are permitted, driving faster than they should.

Can truck companies be held liable in a truck accident?

We all pass large commercial trucks on the roadways. These massive vehicles are used to transport goods and shipments within and between states. While this is great for consumers and our economy, the trucking industry does present some risks and downsides. Truck drivers are hired and trained to operate these large vehicles, sometimes for long stretches of time. Because of that, trucking companies have the duty to not only ensure that safe, reliable and trained individuals operate these vehicles. The failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal truck accident.

Helping you assert your rights following a truck accident

Sharing the road with large commercial trucks is commonplace for motorists in Virginia. While these massive vehicles play an important role in intrastate and interstate commerce, commercial trucks also generate many dangers on the roadways. Trucking companies rely on truck drivers to make timely and safe shipments and deliveries, but this does not always occur. Due to long hauls, overworked truckers and fatigued truck drivers, many errors could be made behind the wheel. This could easily be the cause of a serious or even fatal truck crash.

Helping a victim recover after being sideswiped

Roanoke, Virginia residents who share the road with truckers have probably had the experience of a semi driving very close to the dividing line between the two lanes. Sometimes, it is because the truck just has a wide load and, at other times, the driver may have momentarily stopped focusing on driving and, specifically, anticipating what was ahead on the road.

Federal "rest rules" and how they can help injured victims

Many truckers who travel through Virginia are subject to federal rules and regulations because they haul between states. Some of these regulations prevent truck driver fatigue by requiring truckers to rest periodically, even though the temptation might be to travel through the night and for as long as possible to be able to make more money.

Virginia truck accidents kills teen, critically injures another

Traveling with large commercial trucks is expected on major roads in Virginia and elsewhere. While this is a common occurrence, this does not mean that motorists do not have fears and apprehensions. These large vehicles do not maneuver like smaller vehicles, and they can generate much damage in the event of an accident. Victims of truck crashes and their families have important protections through the legal process.

Victims of negligent truck drivers are protected

A negligent truck driver can be extremely dangerous for those sharing the roadways with them. Drivers, passengers and other occupants of passenger vehicles suffer the most harm in truck accidents because of the significant size disparity between semi trucks and the other vehicles on the road. The size disparity and potential for catastrophic injuries and damages present a serious concern for the traveling public, especially since hundreds of truck accidents caused by truck drivers occur in Virginia and other states across the nation each year.

Safety tips for truck drivers to help avoid truck accidents

This blog recently discussed that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, while also reviewing the serious dangers of distracted driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month began in 2014 when the United States Department of Transportation noticed an increase in distracted driving-related accidents. Distracted driving can also cause truck accidents, which makes truck driver safety another point of concern. A variety of safety tips can help truck drivers keep those they share the roadways with safe.

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