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Truck Accidents Archives

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.

Roanoke truck accident kills one and injures another

Victims impacted by a truck accident have legal protections to consider when harmed. A truck accident in Roanoke recently claimed the life of a 16-year-old victim. The crash, which is under investigation, took place between a tractor trailer and a minivan. The victim who was killed was a passenger in the minivan. The driver of the minivan and the front-seat passenger both suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. No charges had been filed immediately following the truck accident.

Virginia truck accident claims the life of a woman

Truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. A truck accident in a nearby Virginia community north of the Roanoke area recently left one victim dead. According to authorities, the truck accident occurred when a tractor trailer attempted to make an improper turn from the right-hand lane to the crossover, possibly causing the passenger vehicle driven by the 56-year old victim to rear end the tractor trailer.

Driver faces charges in fatal Virginia truck accident

This blog recently discussed the dangers of truck accidents and their serious impact on victims. A recent fatal truck accident in a Virginia community a couple of hours northeast of the Roanoke area is being investigated by authorities. The truck accident involved a semi truck and passenger vehicle. Investigators reported that a semi truck hauling sand crossed over the center line as it was traveling south and struck a passenger vehicle heading north. The force of the truck accident resulted in the tractor trailer overturning.

Understanding the impact of truck driver distraction

Distracted driving is a real danger and can be extremely dangerous when engaged in by truck drivers. Generally, distracted driving includes activities that remove the truck driver or other driver's focus from the roadway so that safe driving practices are not maintained. Distracted driving increases the risk of a car or truck accident. Truck drivers can be distracted by activities inside or outside of the cab of the truck, which can lead to a distracted driving-related truck accident.

What things are important to know about truck accidents?

Large truck accidents can be nothing short of catastrophic for victims. Large truck accidents, or commercial vehicle accidents, refer to accidents involving trucks that are used for a commercial purpose such as in the course of business or to transport goods commercially. Semi-trucks, delivery trucks, freight trucks, tanker trucks, cement trucks, dump trucks and other types of large trucks are all generally considered commercial vehicles. Because of their size and purpose, an accident with a large truck can result in devastation for victims.

Understanding the needs of victims following a truck accident

Truck accidents can cause an unexpected turn in the lives of victims when they may be least expecting it. A fully loaded tractor trailer truck weighs 25 times what the average passenger vehicle weighs which can mean serious injuries and even fatalities for victims struck by a semi-truck or other commercial truck. As a result, victims may face a variety of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages or the loss of a loved one in a truck accident.

Who may be liable for my truck accident and damages?

Because of the potential devastation of truck accidents, it is important to be aware of all the parties that may be liable for the harm suffered by the victim. Who may be liable to compensate injured victims for their damages? A negligent truck driver, trucking company and insurance company may all be responsible to compensate injured victims depending on the circumstances.

Understanding truck company negligence when harmed

Truck accidents can cause a variety of damages to victims and, depending on the circumstances, different parties may be liable to victims for the injuries and harm they have suffered. In some circumstances, the truck driver may have been negligent, and caused the accident, or in other circumstances, the truck driver's employer may have been negligent. In other circumstances, both may be liable to the victim but the liability of a truck company, for instance, may depend on legal guidelines. It can be helpful to be familiar with these guidelines when injured or otherwise harmed in a truck accident.

What are federal trucking regulations?

An overtired truck driver can be very dangerous on the roadways. For this reason, federal trucking regulations place limits on the amount of time a truck driver can spend on the road. Known as hours of service limits, these regulations are important for the safety of the public and the drivers themselves. They can also be very important in any investigation of a truck accident.

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