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Posts tagged "Truck Accidents"

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.

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.

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