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A serious car crash in Stafford, Virginia injured numerous victims and caused a backup on Interstate 95, as reported by Virginia State Police.

The Potomac Local News reports that an apparent crash between a tractor-trailer and a commuter van left several victims trapped within one of the vehicles; local rescue crews arrived on the scene to assist the victims. Two victims were transported to two local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

As of this writing, Virginia State Police had not released any further information on the crash; however, it was reported that after roughly three hours, I-95’s lanes were fully re-opened to accommodate all traffic.

Accidents like this are terrifying: crowded highways plus enormous vehicles colliding make for an awful mix. I sincerely hope the victims will make a full recovery from this awful accident, and that the at-fault drivers are brought to justice if they behaved recklessly or negligently.

If you’ve been injured by a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, I know how devastating such an accident can be. We all know someone who’s been in a “normal” car accident, but the fact is that tractor trailers pose a much higher risk given their size and their subsequent power. Big truck drivers have an added responsibility to ensure that their massive vehicles do not pose a danger on the road, particularly in crowded highway settings.

My personal injury law firm, operating out of Norfolk, Virginia, handles truck accident and collision cases; my team of attorneys and I know the special rules and regulations that apply to truckers, and we know how to fight for you to prove when a trucker acted recklessly and endangered your life. You do not deserve to suffer financially if you’ve been injured in a semi-truck accident; the responsibility is on the truck driver, the trucking company or their insurance company.

A crash involving a tractor-trailer in Culpeper, Virginia caused the tragic death of a local corrections officer, according to authorities.

As reported by InsideNova, the victim was on his way home from his job at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail when his four-door Saturn ran off the road; the car veered at the point where a tractor-trailer had pulled over due to a flat tire, and the officer’s vehicle subsequently struck the large truck. The officer died at the scene.

The truck driver had reportedly engaged his emergency flashers, but he had not put the necessary warning cones around the stopped vehicle; he was subsequently cited for this failure to adhere to proper safety measures.  At the time of this writing, the accident is still under investigation.

Whatever the cause of this tragic and terrible accident, my heart goes out to the family members of the deceased victim. Nobody ever sees a car crash coming, and car accidents’ unpredictability means that the deaths that can result are shocking and horrifying.

If you’ve suffered the death of a loved one in a truck accident, you deserve justice; nobody should be able to operate their vehicle recklessly on the road and claim the life of an innocent motorist. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in wrongful death lawsuits, and my attorneys and I know how to fight for you to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. No amount of compensation can bring back a loved one—but it can help ease the monetary strain, which is the last thing you should be worrying about in such a situation.

Click here to read our 5 Things to Do Immediately After a Truck Accident guide.

A tragic accident that led to the death of a woman has been linked to the driver’s possibly operating his semi-truck while intoxicated, authorities claim.

According to WTVR.com, the terrible accident, which occurred in the county of Henrico, Virginia, prompted a search of the trucker’s cab—wherein authorities found an open container of alcohol, along with cocaine and metamphetamine, all substances which can cause a driver to be seriously and dangerously impaired while operating a motor vehicle.

The Federal government subsequently shut down the trucking company due to its having violated a great number of truck laws and regulations. One driver was driving on a four-year-old suspended license, while another had been convicted of marijuana possession. All told, three out of the four of the company’s truck drivers were not allowed to operate their vehicles at the time of the investigation.

My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the victim in this crash. The great tragedy is that if the trucking company had been investigated prior to the terrible accident, it would have been shut down—and the victim would still be alive today. The trucking company’s irresponsibility is inexcusable.

If you’ve been injured in a truck or tractor-trailer accident, I know how devastating the experience can be. Big trucks are far more powerful, which means they can cause far more damage than a “normal” motor vehicle. The fact is, truckers and trucking companies have an additional responsibility to ensure that their vehicles and drivers are safe for the road. However, when they are clearly responsible for their recklessness, they may still try to weasel out of paying for your rightful claim. You may need a truck accident lawyer; my personal injury law firm, based in Virginia, specializes in truck and tractor-trailer accidents. You should not have to suffer because a trucking company or a truck driver should have known better.

You can click here to learn more about tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents.

Driver Fatigue Casues Dinwiddie I-85 Tractor-Trailer Accident

On Thursday, December 26th a Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling down I-85 in Dinwiddie County caused a serious accident with another vehicle.

Police are saying that the fatigued driver of the tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the road, over corrected, and then flipped onto it’s side. The truck was carrying metal piping which flew off of the trailer and struck another vehicle.

The driver of the truck was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The driver of the tractor-trailer is being charged with reckless driving.

Tractor-Trailer Driver Fatigue

Trucks are by nature more dangerous than normal sedans and passenger cars because they are designed to handle heavy loads. Therefore, truck accidents are usually more catastrophic than any other types of on the road accidents.

Truck driver fatigue is known as a major cause of truck accidents. On July 1, 2013 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulations aiming to reduce truck driver fatigue. The new law limits the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours; a decrease from the previous 82 hour maximum. With these changes it is estimated that 19 lives will be saved, and approximately 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries will be prevented.

Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you may want to contact a Virginia truck accident lawyer immediately. Truck and tractor-trailer accident cases demand immediate attention and it is critical to secure evidence as soon as possible. Click here to read my 5 Important Steps that must take place immediately after a truck accident

If you’d like to discuss your situation and learn about your legal rights after a Virginia truck accident, call us to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer 877-544-5323.

Truck injury and death cases demand immediate attention – more so than any other type of case we handle. Because of the severe injuries suffered by truck accident victims, trucking companies and their insurance companies have ‘rapid response’ teams on stand-by to fly in and sanitize their liability to an extraordinary extent. To level the playing field, truck accident victims should act quickly to hire an experienced lawyer to secure critical evidence including these five important steps:

 

1. THE DRIVER’S LOG BOOK:

Trucking companies are highly regulated and are required under Federal Law to keep detailed records on the hours behind the wheel, and obtaining mandatory rest. Truck driver fatigue is a major source of truck accidents. Obtaining the Driver’s log book, and comparing these records to other time stamped records (tolls, weigh stations, credit card charges) can solidify a winning case. CAUTION: a driver is only required to keep his log book for 7 days.

 

2. TRUCK INSPECTION:

Early legal help can force the trucking company to turn over the truck for a detailed inspection by a highly qualified engineer BEFORE the trucking company does “routine” service and obliterates critical evidence that can prove your case (such as poorly adjusted brakes, and improperly loaded and balanced trailers.) Securing the black box data is also critical before it is overwritten.

 

3. SITE INSPECTION:

Following a serious truck accident, a detailed survey of the accident scene provides crucial evidence to support the victim’s case. In addition to the location and length of skid marks, gouges in roadway surface and guardrails serve as “witness marks” which can prove a truck driver’s excessive speed, failure to maintain a proper lookout, or failure to maintain adequate equipment. Conducting the inspection immediately preserves the evidence before the weather, or aggressive truck company investigator, removes the evidence.

 

4. GPS COMPANY RECORDS:

Many truck companies utilize GPS to track their vehicles, and record critical trip data in temporary files during the truck’s trip. This data can be used to audit the hours of service, speed and other driving factors that can contribute to accidents. This data must be preserved before it is overwritten. Promptly hiring a lawyer to force the preservation of this evidence can make or break your case.

 

5. OLD FASHION LEG WORK:

The search for witnesses to truck accidents requires immediate door-to-door work in some truck accident settings. These interviews often turn up security tapes that included the accident scene in the field of view. Once again, securing the tapes before they are overwritten is critical. Identifying all eye witnesses requires hard work, but can yield that critical testimony to back up your side of the story and make the difference between winning and losing your serious truck accident case.

 

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Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you to obtain all of this evidence before it is lost. If you’ve been injured, or have lost a loved one,  in a truck accident we are here to help you. The consultation is free and we operate under a no fee promise– you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case.

 

A Lynchburg, Virginia garbage truck driver faces charges after causing a multiple car accident. The truck driver is being charged with two equipment violations, a seatbelt violation, and driving on a suspended license.

The accident happened on December 18, 2013 around 5:30 a.m., near the intersection of Greenview Drive and Leesville Road. The garbage truck was traveling west down Greenview Road when it rear-ended a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep was then pushed forward causing it to hit another car.

Two people were injured in the accident.


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Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured by a commercial motor vehicle operator, you deserve compensation—nobody should have to pay for the injuries they’ve sustained because someone else should have been driving more carefully.

no free promiseMy personal injury law firm, based in Virginia, has handled countless cases of drivers injured by other motorists; my lawyers and I know the laws, we know the tricks insurance companies use to deny your claim, and we know how to fight for you to ensure that you receive the redress to which you are legally and morally entitled. In addition, we operate under a No Fee Promise — this means you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. 

A tragic accident between two box trucks in Virginia Beach left one driver dead, according to authorities.

WVEC reports on the accident: two trucks—a box truck and a soda truck—were heading down Virginia Beach Boulevard when one of them left the roadway; the driver of the box truck was killed at the scene. The soda truck driver was not injured. One of the trucks involved in the accident hit a utility pole, causing a widespread power outage. At the time of this posting, authorities were still investigating the accident to determine just what had happened and who was at fault.

 Whenever one hears of a fatal accident, it is always terrible news; the death of a motorist is always a tragedy. All the facts of this case remain unclear at this time: were either of the drivers drunk? Was one driver, or both drivers, operating their vehicles recklessly? We’ll know more as the case progresses, but for now my sympathies are extended to the family and loved ones of the victim in this case.

Trucks are by nature more dangerous vehicles than normal sedans or passenger cars: they are designed to handle heavy loads, and their added power makes them an added danger on the roadway. We should expect more out of truckers and tractor-trailer drivers than other motorists, as their lapses in responsibility can be devastating. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to a trucker’s negligence, you should contact a Virginia personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm handles many truck accident cases, and my lawyers and I know both the regulations governing truckers and how to fight for you in the event of such a terrible accident. The driver of the truck, or their insurance company, should pay for the former’s negligent behavior; you shouldn’t have to.

You can follow this link to learn more about dangerous trucking accidents and how trucking companies will work to deny your injury claim. 


Virginia Accident Lawyer | Drunk Driving AccidentsThe Center for Disease Control has established December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, the York News-Times reports.

The CDC is right to draw attention to these dangerous and reckless habits. As the agency reports, there is roughly one death every forty-eight minutes in the United States due to an intoxicated driver. Fully one-fifth, or twenty percent, of car crashes may be caused by intoxicated driving, the CDC reports; both drugs and alcohol are included under the banner of “drugged driving,” and drugs have effectively the same negative effect on your brain as alcohol.

The York-News Times offers several valuable tips on staying safe while on the road during the holiday season and throughout the year, including establishing a sober (or “designated”) driver at parties, calling a taxi if you’re too drunk to drive, and calling local police when you spot a drunk driver on the road. Countless lives depend upon drivers taking responsibility every time they have a drink.

Virginia Truck Accidents Caused by Drunk and Drugged Driving

Any type of accident involving a commercial vehicle can be catastrophic, especially if alcohol or drugs are introduced into the equation. We recently wrote a blog on a study that revealed a shocking number: nearly 50% of truck drivers admitted to drinking and driving, while a third admitted to amphetamine use.

You may have also heard about a recent tragic accident in Henrico County on New Market Road involving a tractor-trailer. The driver of a tractor-trailer that caused the fatal accident was charged with possession of alcohol and methamphetamine in his truck. A beloved day care teacher lost her life, the day before Thanksgiving, because of an irresponsible driver behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

Don’t Drive Drunk or Drugged

There’s simply no excuse for drunk driving; it never has to be done. A driver who has consumed alcohol can either wait to sober up, call a friend or call a taxi; there is never any reason to get behind the wheel when you’re impaired. In my line of work I’ve seen too many lives cut short, and too many life-changing injuries inflicted, by drivers who should have known better. Do not risk the lives of others or yourself for so trivial a thing.

A South Carolina man who was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that killed a Henrico County woman a week ago is facing charges in South Carolina of possession of methamphetamine and multiple other crimes.

Court records also show that after the fatal crash last Wednesday Henrico Police searched hidden compartments in the tractor-trailer for drugs and charged a female passenger with possession of methamphetamine. A second passenger in the truck is facing possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine charges in South Carolina, according to court records there.

The collision on New Market Road in eastern Henrico shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, took the life of a beloved day care teacher.

The victim’s funeral Monday took place at the church within yards of the accident scene that closed New Market Road for several hours as police searched the tractor-trailer and cleared the accident scene.

It was not clear what the truck was doing in Virginia and a police spokesman in South Carolina said today that two of three people in the truck are in violation of their bail there for leaving that state.

“We are actively pursuing charges in connection with their leaving the state,” the spokesman said.

Clarence E. Risher Jr., 42, of Walterboro, S.C., is facing multiple driving-related offenses in connection with the accident, including those related to his operation of a commercial vehicle without a license. He also faces a felony charge for driving recklessly in a fatal crash and driving a commercial vehicle with alcohol inside the vehicle.

 

Virginia Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers

There is no excuse for this type of recklessness. Driving while drunk or high is always a dangerous and incredibly irresponsible thing to do; however, truck or tractor-trailer drivers should know this more than anyone, as their vehicles are far more powerful and have the potential to do far more damage than do “normal” cars.

Because trucks are so large, potentially destructive, and travel throughout the county, there is a special set of laws that govern truck and tractor-trailer driving. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you may need help in bringing to justice the driver or drivers who caused you harm. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling truck accident cases; my lawyers and I know the laws and the regulations governing truck drivers, and we know how to fight for you.

While most car crashes happen between “normal” or personal motor vehicles it’s important to be aware of the prevalence of commercial motor vehicle accidents in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’s statistics on commercial vehicle crashes lists ninety victims of such accidents in 2012, or over ten percent of all traffic fatalities for that year. Ninety victims may not seem large in the grand scheme of traffic accidents, but ten percent is a significantly large statistic.

Ninety-eight percent of these crashes are identified as involving a driver who was “not impaired—“ i.e. one who was not intoxicated. A plurality of the crashes—a little over forty-eight percent—are listed as occurring with “no violation;” that is to say, the drivers did not violate any traffic laws to cause the accident. These numbers suggest that the problem with commercial motor vehicle crashes isn’t an epidemic of drunk drivers, or ones who flagrantly violate the law—it’s a more general problem of drivers not ensuring that they are operating their vehicles safely and with concern for other drivers on the road.

We all expect to be safe and free from harm while driving; nobody starts up their car believing that they’re going to be in an accident while they’re on the road. Nevertheless, accidents do happen due to any number of reasons, most often the negligence and error of the at-fault driver.

If you’ve been injured by a commercial motor vehicle operator, you deserve compensation—nobody should have to pay for the injuries they’ve sustained because someone else should have been driving more carefully. My personal injury law firm, based in Virginia, has handled countless cases of drivers injured by other motorists; my lawyers and I know the laws, we know the tricks insurance companies use to deny your claim, and we know how to fight for you to ensure that you receive the redress to which you are legally and morally entitled.