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Almost all drivers are guilty of violating the rules of the road once in a while. It comes with the territory of trying to keep up with the speed of traffic and adjust to changing patterns in traffic. But there are some behaviors that practically guarantee a ticket. Five such habits include:

    1. Speeding. Whether you’re a mom in a minivan racing to get the kids to school on time or a long-haul trucker with a deadline to meet, speeding is perhaps the most common infraction. Even if a police officer just stops to give you a warning, it’s a sign that you’re traveling at dangerous speeds. Adjust your speed accordingly.
    2. Following too closely. When drivers fail to leave enough space between vehicles, they are setting themselves up for an accident – or, at the very least, a ticket. Considering that human reaction time is frequently less than two seconds, drivers need to allow at least two car lengths to give themselves margin for error.
    3. Distracted driving. We’ve all been there: fiddling with the radio or chatting with a friend on the phone when we miss an important road sign. Sometimes, that means missing an exit on the highway. Other times, it means getting into an accident.
    4. Lane deviations. Another common side effect of distracted driving, deviating from your lane is a red flag to police everywhere.
    5. Cell phone use. More and more states are cracking down on hand held phone use behind the wheel. Get a bluetooth headset or save your call for your next pit stop!

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

Rush hour can be a stressful time. With cars and trucks alike speeding along, trying to beat traffic, it can be one of the most dangerous times of the day. Though the cause of the crash has not yet been released, one collision this week may have been impacted by the high volume of traffic in the area.

Firefighters and first responders were on the scene of a tractor trailer accident early Thursday morning. The incident occurred just before 6:00 AM the morning of February 23, 2017. An SUV and a tractor trailer collided on Lee Highway (Route 29) and Juniper street in Fairfax. The truck, carrying lumber, caught fire, which quickly spread to the SUV.

Thankfully, both drivers were lucky to escape alive. They were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Because the investigation into this crash is ongoing, not much information has yet been released.

While it’s not clear what caused this crash, it’s easy to understand how fire spread from vehicle to vehicle. With lumber the only material between the two engines, it’s incredible more damage wasn’t done.

The accident reportedly caused major traffic jams and backups in this very busy area of Fairfax, Virginia. There’s a chance traffic is a contributing factor to this incident. Even a minor fender bender can turn life-threatening when large tractor trailers are involved. Given the wide variety of cargo these trucks tend to carry – including highly flammable liquids – there’s the potential for real danger.

As the investigation continues, we’ll be keeping an eye out for details – and rooting for a full, speedy recovery for the victims, too. We encourage anyone injured in a car accident like this one to reach out for a free, no-risk consultation from our firm. Talking with an experienced, knowledgeable Virginia truck accident lawyer can help clarify your legal rights and put you on the path to recovery.

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Just how dangerous is drowsy driving? Police say a fatal crash on I-95 last week may have been caused by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel.

Two people were killed in a early morning crash on I-95 last week. Police say the incident occurred just after 1:00 in the morning on Wednesday, February 8 2017 in Henrico County. A northbound tractor trailer carrying bricks ran off the road, striking a concrete support beam before catching fire. Both the driver and passenger were killed in the accident.

The bricks from the tractor trailer spilled all over the highway after the crash. It took a cleanup crew many hours to remove the debris from I-95.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. Police suspect that the crash occurred because the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. Given the late hour and the apparent randomness of the crash, this theory makes a lot of sense. Drowsy drivers are incredibly dangerous – to themselves and to others on the road.

Even if a drowsy driver doesn’t actually fall asleep at the wheel, they still endanger themselves and the lives of everyone else on the road. Drowsy drivers have a slower reaction time, and some experts say driving while drowsy can be as dangerous – or more so – than driving drunk. While most of us would never dream of getting behind the wheel after having something to drink, many of us will admit to driving while tired.

We send our condolences to the families of the victims. As the investigation continues, we hope they find solace in the answers provided to them. As with all families of fatal accident victims, we encourage them to reach out to our team for a free no-risk consultation.

Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

No one should make improper turns – but especially not trucks. Given how slowly they turn and how difficult it is to come to a complete stop at the last minute, trucks should never make improper turns. When they happen, disaster can strike. That’s what happened on U.S. 460 last week.

An improper turn led to the death of a Brookneal, Virginia woman last week. The incident occurred the morning of February 2, 2017. Police say they received a call around 8:30 that morning about an accident. Upon investigation, they learned that a tractor trailer heading westbound on U.S. 460 made an improper turn from the right hand lane to a crossover. The car behind the truck failed to slow down in time to prevent a collision. The driver rear ended the truck as it was trying to turn. Though she was wearing her seat belt, the woman driving the car was killed.

Police have charged the truck driver with making an improper turn. The crash is still under investigation. Officials say they are looking to determine exactly why the victim did not stop in time to prevent a collision. Speed, they say, was not a factor in the crash.

A rear-end crash between two cars may have only resulted in a fender bender, but because the truck is so much larger than the car involved in this collision, it’s sadly not surprising that the incident ended in tragedy. When passenger cars square off against big rigs, they nearly always come off worse.

We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim. As the investigation continues, we hope they find peace in the answers they receive from officials. The weeks and months following a fatal crash can result in a lot of stress – and a lot of questions. We encourage them to reach out to our firm for a free, no-risk consultation should they consider pursuing legal action.

Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

A chain reaction crash near Abingdon, Virginia sent two truck drivers to the hospital with injuries. Sources say the incident occurred just before 3 in the morning of January 31, 2017. Police were called to the scene after a flatbed tractor trailer heading south collided with another southbound truck. The flatbed truck lost about half its load in the accident. Both drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The impact of the crash led to oil spilling out from one of the trucks. A hazmat team was needed on site to clean up the area. Police charged the man driving the second truck with failure to control his vehicle. The exact cause of the collision remains under investigation.

When trucks collide, serious damage can be done. These vehicles often weigh 40 and 50 tons each. When they crash at a high speed, lives are put at risk. Chain reaction crashes can be minor fender benders when two compact cars collide, but there’s little room for error when you’re hauling thousands of pounds behind you.

Given the late hour of the crash, one has to wonder about the mindset of the second truck driver. Was he perhaps asleep at the wheel, or drowsy? Tired drivers have slower reaction times, which could explain the crash. It’s also possible the driver was distracted at the wheel. In today’s world, cell phones and tablets are in virtually every vehicle on the road. There’s no telling exactly why this accident occurred, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more information as the official investigation continues.

Virginia Truck Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

When you spot a work zone on the highway, what do you do? Most drivers slow down as requested by signs. Some, though, ignore the posted speed limits and continue driving the normal speed. When trucks do this, disaster can strike. That’s what happened last week in Hanover County, Virginia.

An early morning crash landed one tractor trailer driver in the hospital with serious injuries. Police say the incident occurred on I-95 north the morning of January 26, 2017. Just after 4:00 in the morning, the driver of a tractor trailer carrying aluminium slowed down for a work zone on the highway. A tractor trailer carrying lumber behind him failed to slow down enough and struck the aluminium truck. The impact was so strong that the cab of the truck disconnected from the rest of the vehicle.

The driver of the aluminium 18-wheeler was hospitalized with injuries characterized as “very serious.” The second driver stuck around while police and rescue workers arrived on scene, but was not injured in the crash.

Workers closed all four lanes of the highway for several hours as they worked to clean up the site. An environmental team was on hand to help clean up fuel that had spilled from the trucks. Traffic was led onto the shoulder to go around the accident.

Work zone speeds must be taken seriously, but the reality is that many drivers see the signs as gentle suggestions instead of serious warnings. Since the investigation into this accident is still ongoing, it is impossible to speculate as to why the second tractor trailer driver did not slow down for the work zone. Given the early hour, it is possible he was drowsy – or even asleep – at the wheel. We hope to learn more from the investigation as it unfolds.

Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

Three people were killed in a Fluvanna County, Virginia accident last week when a truck driver lost control of his vehicle. Sources say the January 23, 2017 accident occurred when a southbound tractor trailer carrying sand crossed the center line while heading down hill on a curve on Route 15. The truck struck a northbound car before falling over on its side.

Tragically, all three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A married couple, both 69, and the mother of the woman, 91 were killed. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was charged with reckless driving. Additional charges are pending. All people involved in this incident were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

We send our condolences to the family of the victims. Unfortunately, when trucks and cars collide, the folks in the smaller vehicle often end up with serious injuries – or are killed. The sheer difference in size between the truck and car frequently spell disaster.

Professional truck drivers should know to slow down on curves and when going downhill. We’ll be curious to learn about the driver’s state of mind at the time of the accident. Was he driving drowsy? Or perhaps he fell asleep at the wheel? The investigation should reveal more about why the driver lost control of his vehicle.

Professional drivers often work long hours without a break to sleep, eat or rest. Though the job isn’t physically demanding in the traditional sense, long drives can take a real toll on the body. It’s possible this tractor trailer driver hadn’t gotten enough rest before his shift, or that he was burnt out by long hours on the road. Highway hypnosis can occur in professional truck drivers who have been at the wheel too long.

Until we know more, it is impossible to speculate. Still, the family of the victims undoubtedly have questions about their rights following the crash. We encourage them to reach out for a free, no-risk consultation from our firm.

 

Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.

Most of us will driver climb behind the wheel of a big rig truck, but this new list of the most common traffic violations made by professional truck drivers can give us all insight into their world. The list was released this month, as part of the annual Operation Safe Driver Week. The top five violations were:

1. State, local moving violations. These kinds of violations are specific to the locations where the driver got ticketed. For example, driving in a carpool lane illegally – the definition of carpool lane can vary even within the same state. Some carpool lanes require two people per vehicle, while others require three or more. For long-distance professional drivers, it can be difficult to keep up with the changing rules of the road.

2. Speeding. Speeding tickets accounted for 20% of all traffic infractions. With pressure on drivers to reach their destination by a certain time, truck drivers often find themselves traveling faster than is legal.

3. Failure to obey traffic control device. This one is much less confusing than it sounds. A traffic control device, nine times out of ten, simply refers to a sign. So if a truck driver blows a red light or rolls through a stop sign, they are ticketed for failing to obey a traffic control device.

4. Failing to use a seat belt. Just like non-professional drivers, truckers are required to wear a seat belt when their vehicles are in motion.

5. Using a handheld phone. Truck drivers are required to use bluetooth, hands-free headsets should they need to make phone calls on the road. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen – as evidenced by the large volume of tickets written for using handheld phones at the wheel.

Virginia Truck Accident Personal Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been in injured in a truck accident, or any kind of vehicle accident, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims injured by the negligence of another for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a free consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact us today 877-544-5323.

 

Rush hour accidents are all too common. When folks are running late or sleepy at the wheel, they’re more prone to making mistakes on the road. An accident earlier this week goes to show exactly what can happen when drivers rush to pass tractor trailers.

A Tuesday morning crash on I-264 in Newport News sent one woman to the hospital, news outlets reported. Police say the incident happened just after 6:00 in the morning on December 13, 2016.

What happened? Police are still investigating the crash, but one thing is clear: the driver of a Kia attempted to pass a tractor trailer using the right lane and the shoulder of the road. The vehicles collided, which caused the driver of the Kia to lose control of their car. The Kia ran off road and into the center median.

Meanwhile, the driver of the tractor trailer over-corrected, sending his truck on its side. Emergency services needed several hours to clean up the scene of the accident.

The driver of the Kia was hospitalized because of the injuries she sustained in the wreck. Charges for improper passing of another vehicle are pending. Both drivers involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts.

Not surprisingly, traffic in the area backed up for hours. This is a very congested area of Hampton Roads, particularly during rush hour.

This incident showcases the instability of large trucks. Because of their heavy weight and over-sized presence on the road,  they have a high center of gravity. Even the slightest bump can send a tractor trailer rolling over to its side. In fact, most truck rollovers don’t occur because of a collision – they happen because drivers fail to slow down enough on curving roads.

Be sure to give tractor trailers a wide berth on the road – you never know what might trigger a rollover.

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The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has dealt with the insurance companies for over 30 years.  We will deal with the complicated legal and insurance issues so that you can focus on getting better.

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A multi-vehicle crash in Newport News has landed two people in the hospital. The incident occurred on December 2nd, 2016 on I-664. Police say the driver of an 18-wheeler milk truck lost control of the vehicle and collided with three other cars. The truck was leaving I-664 and was exiting the ramp to turn right onto Chestnut Avenue. Milk was reportedly spilled across the road. The exit ramp was closed while workers cleaned up.

Two people were injured in the accident. The driver of the milk truck was charged with reckless driving and driving without a commercial license. The accident is still being investigated by police, but the reckless driving charge is a sign that this truck driver made a negligent choice – or several choices – behind the wheel. Of course, without a commercial license, there is a chance this driver had little experience behind the wheel of large truck. There is no telling what their background with commercial driving truly is. The investigation will likely reveal this information.

We send our best wishes for quick and complete recoveries for the folks injured in the crash. Undoubtedly, they will need time to recover – perhaps they will need to take time off of work to do so. That time off doesn’t come cheap for most workers, many of whom simply won’t be paid for the days they miss.  No one injured by the negligence of another person should have to shoulder the burden of such things.

We recommend that the victims in this accident reach out to our team. An experienced attorney can help them navigate the confusing and often overwhelming legal process following a crash like this one. We can help victims pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Serpe Firm Personal Injury Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has dealt with the insurance companies for over 30 years.  We will deal with the complicated legal and insurance issues so that you can focus on getting better.

Setup a consultation to discuss your rights. It’s free, and there is no obligation.