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An accident involving a tractor trailer recently shut down traffic on Route 29-B in Amherst County, Virginia.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 130 and Route 29-B, where the tractor trailer lost the load of sawdust it was transporting. Local authorities investigating the matter concluded that the truck had “basically failed” and “came apart at points.” The driver was charged with failing to maintain her brakes and tires, as well as having weak structural points located around the truck. Local traffic officials were required to reroute traffic as the mess was cleaned up.

Accidents like this involving trucks are all-too-common. The two most frequent causes of truck accidents are defective tires and brakes: nearly thirty percent of truck accidents, for instance, were linked to brake issues and brake failure. The federal government has decreed, among other things, that a truck must be able to develop a minimum braking force, slow down to a stop from twenty miles per hour, and meet a number of “automatic brake adjustment system requirements.” If a truck driver or trucking company fails to meet these standards and subsequently causes a car accident due to brake malfunction, it’s possible you may have a claim against the concerned parties if you were injured in the crash.

Trucks, unlike smaller vehicles, carry a tremendous amount of force behind them: it requires a huge engine and lot of power to haul a tractor-trailer load. Truckers have an added responsibility to exercise utmost caution, and keep their vehicles in top shape, in order to prevent devastating accidents on the level of which only they can cause.

If you’ve suffered injuries due to a trucker’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated; there’s no reason a semi-truck or tractor trailer should be on the road in anything but top condition. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in handling truck accident claims; my team of attorneys and I know how to fight against the truck drivers and trucking companies that should have acted more responsibly. Being in a bad trucking accident is awful enough—you shouldn’t have to struggle to pay medical bills that are the responsibility of the at-fault driver.

 

Injured in an Amherst County truck or auto accident?

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers specialize in representing victims of:

  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Box or Straight Truck Accidents
  • Passenger Bus and Coach Accidents (Tour Bus Accidents)
  • Logging Truck Accidents
  • Dump Truck Accidents
  • Garbage Truck Accidents
  • Cement Truck Accidents
  • Delivery Truck Accidents
  • Cargo Van Accidents
  • Tow Truck Accidents
  • Accidents Caused by Limousines
  • Car, Motorcycle, & Pedestrian Accidents

 

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If you’ve been injured in an Amherst County auto accident that was someone else’s fault, you should consider contacting a Virginia auto accident lawyer to learn about your legal rights. Our office has a no fee promise; no legal fees unless we settle or win your case. If you’d like to setup a time to talk to one of our attorneys about your legal options, contact us today – the consultation is free.

Virginia Car Accident LawyerIn the Hampton Roads region, Virginia Beach was the most notorious jurisdiction for auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities in 2012, according to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO). Data reveals that 6,419 auto accidents occurred in Virginia Beach during 2012, resulting in 3,478  injuries.

Between 2009 – 2012, a large number of Virginia Beach auto accidents occurred along Interstate 264 (I-264). Freeway segments of I-264 with the highest rate for injuries and fatalities during this time include:

  • Birdneck Road and Parks Ave (EB)
  • Newtown Road and Witchduck Road (EB)
  • Witchduck Road and Independence Boulevard (WB)
  • Newtown Road and Witchduck Road (WB)
  • Witchduck Road and Independence Boulevard (EB)

 

The HRTPO’s report also listed several Virginia Beach intersections with high fatality and injury rates between 2009 and 2012:

  • Intersection of Holland Road and Rosemont Road
  • Intersection of General Booth Boulevard and Dam Neck Road
  • Intersection of First Colonial Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard
  • Intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Independence Boulevard
  • Intersection of Princess Anne Road and Dam Neck Road

 

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Many accident victims that have taken a “wait and see” approach to find out the hard way that there are STRICT time limitations for bringing a Virginia car accident injury claim. As time goes by and their injuries have not gotten any better, victims then seek help for chronic pain or mounting hospital or medical bills. If you wait too long, the door to justice is closed forever.

In Virginia, you typically must file a lawsuit with the court within two years of the date of the accident.  If the injured person is a child or a person with a mental disability, this period can often be extended beyond two years.

Injured in a Virginia Beach auto accident?

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers specialize in representing victims of: Tractor-Trailer Accidents, Box or Straight Truck Accidents, Passenger Bus and Coach Accidents (Tour Bus Accidents), Logging Truck Accidents, Dump Truck Accidents, Garbage Truck Accidents, Cement Truck Accidents, Delivery Truck Accidents, Cargo Van Accidents, Tow Truck Accidents, Accidents Caused by Limousines, Car, Motorcycle, & Pedestrian Accidents

 

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If you’ve been injured in a Virginia Beach auto accident that was someone else’s fault, you should consider contacting a Virginia auto accident lawyer to learn about your legal rights. Our office has a no fee promise; no legal fees unless we settle or win your case. If you’d like to setup a time to talk to one of our attorneys about your legal options, contact us today – the consultation is free.

 

 

Buses are still a very popular and frequent mode of travel, but it is critical that people are aware of the dangers posed by bus accidents, and how frequently they may occur.

The Virginia Highway Safety Office claims that over 500 bus crashes occurred in Virginia in 2012. Over 10% of those crashes were linked to traffic violations—failure to yield, improper turns and following too closely. Most troubling is the fact that nearly 100% of these crashes involved vehicles with “No Defect;” driver error appeared to be the driving factor behind nearly all crashes (this disturbing fact is made clearer by the data showing almost 80% of crashes occurred in daylight, not at night when visibility was lessened, and that nearly 90% of the crashes were listed as occurring in “No Adverse Condition,” or in perfect weather). Over 150 passengers were injured by these crashes, most of them between 56-60 years old.

Nationwide, there were 3608 bus crashes in 2011, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Bus crashes are dangerous for a number of important reasons.

  • For one, buses contain far more passengers than the average car, meaning a serious accident can injure a great number of people.
  • Secondly, buses are far larger, more powerful vehicles; this may lessen the chance of those on the bus getting injured, but it means that drivers in “normal” vehicles may be injured far more.
  • And of course, a bus’s power means that it may operate in a crash with far more devastation than a smaller vehicle—a sedan might just scrape the side of a bridge, while a bus may plow directly through it.

If you’ve been injured in a Virginia bus accident you may want to contact a commercial vehicle accident lawyer.  My Virginia-based personal injury law firm represents automobile accident victims; we know the tricks that negligent individuals and insurance companies will use to avoid paying you the compensation, and we know how to fight for you. A car accident is a terrifying experience; and if it wasn’t your fault, it shouldn’t have to be a bankrupting one, as well.

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Virginia Bus & Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case.

Virginia Accident Lawyer | Drunk Driving AccidentsIt is well-know that large trucks and tractor-trailers present special dangers on the road, and that truckers should be more cautious than most drivers due to the heavy loads they carry. Now it’s been revealed that commercial truckers often engage in heavy drug use that puts other drivers at added risk.

The study revealed a shocking number: nearly 50% of truck drivers admitted to drinking and driving, while a third admitted to amphetamine use.The United States had the highest amount of positive alcohol tests administered to truck drivers, at over 12%. A fifth of truck drivers reported using marijuana, and three percent claimed to have used cocaine.

Experts suggest that improved working conditions on the part of trucking companies might improve such terrible numbers: lowering the amount of working hours, for instance, could disincentivize truckers to consume drugs, as well as improving salary. (It would be important to improve the salary based on factors other than performance or production, as the lure of a bigger paycheck might simply inspire truckers to work more and put themselves and other drivers at risk.)

While the solution to reducing drug use among truckers may be complicated, one thing is not: we know that no trucker, or indeed any driver, should be engaging in drug use while behind the wheel. It’s simply irresponsible, reckless and dangerous.

Virginia Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers

My Virginia-based personal injury law firm specializes in representing trucking accident victims; we have seen enough truck accidents to know that there is no excuse for a trucker’s bad or irresponsible driving. Don’t let a dangerous truck driver ruin your life; ensure that they are brought to justice for their behavior.

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case. 

There is no reason for a large truck to ever tailgate or follow other vehicles too closely. However, this happens day in and day out on highways in Virginia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is well aware of the fact that this is a major concern.

According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), five percent of all truck crashes are a result of a commercial motor vehicle following another vehicle too closely. By simply cutting back on this number, thousands of accidents could be avoided every year.

It is essential that trucks maintain a safe following distance. This gives them enough time to safely brake in the event of an unexpected action ahead.

Here is something to keep in mind: trucks that are driving 40 mph or slower should leave one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length. When the speed of travel is in excess of 40 mph, an additional second should be added.

In poor road conditions, truck drivers need to adjust their following distance to account for visibility, traffic, rain, snow, etc.

Did you know that the average stopping distance for a loaded tractor trailer moving at 55 mph is 295 feet? This is only true in ideal driving conditions. In less than ideal conditions, such as in the rain, the stopping distance is much greater.

For comparison’s sake, it only takes a passenger vehicle 165 feet to stop in the same situation.

Truck Accident Stopping Distances | Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case. 

In an effort to control driver fatigue, regulations governing hours of service and required off-duty time have been established for commercial vehicle drivers. These regulations specify driving time, off-duty time, and prohibit driving after you have been on-duty in excess of specified amounts of time.

On July 1, 2013, new hours-of-service safety regulations were put into effect to reduce truck driver fatigue. As a result, this new measure should help cut back on the number of accidents directly related to fatigued drivers.

The new rules were first announced in December 2011, with trucking companies given 18 months to adopt the regulations for all drivers. With the new rules in effect, truck drivers are limited to 70 hour work weeks.

Although this is a big deal, it should be noted that approximately 85 percent of truckers will experience no changes. In other words, there was only a small portion of the truck driving workforce that was previously driving more than 70 hours per week.

Working long hours can lead to chronic fatigue, which then increases the chances of an accident while also having the potential to bring on a variety of additional health conditions. According to the FMCSA, the new regulations will save 19 lives each year and prevent roughly 1,400 accidents.

How does this stack up to past regulations? Before this change, truckers were allowed to work a maximum of 82 hours per week.

It is important to note that this change keeps in place the 11 hour daily driving limit. Companies that violate this rule could face fines of up to $11,000 per offense. Drivers who willingly break the law could be hit with a fine of $2,750 per offense.

 

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case. 

Virginia Tractor Trailer Accident LawyerAutomobile drivers face a lot of dangers on the road, and one particularly frightening danger is the possibility of a collision with a tractor trailer. There are a variety of reasons that trucks can cause an accident – sometimes the truck driver is at fault, sometimes motorists in passenger vehicles aren’t being careful enough, or sometimes road conditions contribute to collisions.

The remarkable growth of America’s trucking industry has put more big rigs and truck drivers on the road than ever before. These days, large trucks account for about a large number of accidents in Virginia, with many of them being fatal.

Motorists need to educate themselves about the dangers of truck accidents, and it can help to know ahead of time what to be aware of if you are unfortunate enough to collide with an 18-wheeler.

4 Things You Need to Know About Truck Accidents

  • #1 Trucking companies have their own lawyers and investigation teams. That’s right, if you’re involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you may find the scene of the accident crawling with representatives from the trucking company. They aren’t there to help you, they’re there because they know there is a good possibility they’ll face legal action and they want to gather as many facts as possible as quickly as possible. Protect your own interests if you’re involved in a truck accident and speak to your own lawyer as soon as possible.
  • #2 There are a lot more insurance companies involved in truck accidents. Consider your own driving insurance – you probably just have one insurer, and one policy. Not the case for large trucks. In an accident, there may be multiple insurance companies involved, which can greatly complicate you getting what you deserve for your injuries. Your attorney can help ensure your rights are protected when dealing with the trucking company’s insurance company, the owner’s insurance company, the driver’s insurance company, and possibly others.
  • #3 Large trucks handle differently than passenger vehicles. This statement may seem obvious, but many motorists drive as though the big rig next to them has the same braking and handling capability as their minivan. When sharing the road with large trucks, remember that they have bigger blind spots, they need more time to break – and most importantly, they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – a great reason to give them a wide berth. Accidents with vehicles of this size mean that attorneys and investigators need to have an appreciation for truck dynamics in order to fully understand your accident case.
  • #4 Tractor trailers have different rules and regulations than passenger vehicles. If you’re involved in an accident with a large truck and you believe you need representation for your case, then you’ll want an attorney who knows these types of accidents. There are a myriad of laws governing the ownership, maintenance, and operation of these enormous vehicles, and its important that your attorney ensure all applicable laws were being followed at the time of the accident.

 

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case. 

Year in and year out, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are involved in on the road accidents. To help protect against this in the future, new texting and mobile phone restrictions have been enacted.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), have published a new set of rules that prohibit drivers who are transporting placardable quantities of hazardous materials from using a mobile device while operating their vehicle.

This is just one more way that the U.S. Department of Transportation is hoping to put an end to distracted driving.

When it comes to texting, CMV drivers are prohibited while operating their vehicle. Not only does this include sending text messages, but accessing the web while driving is also illegal.

What about Phone Calls?

Just the same as texting and driving, CMV drivers are no longer permitted to reach for or hold a mobile phone. Those who want to use a mobile phone while driving must rely on hands-free technology to do so.

Drivers can use a mobile phone and not break the law by doing the following:

  • Utilize hands-free technology, such as a speaker phone function or an earpiece
  • Use one-button touch or voice activated features to control the phone

What are the Consequences?

  • Fines –  Those who are caught can face a fine of up to $2,750. Along with this, a driver may lose their license for multiple offenses. It is also important to note that motor carriers are on the hook if they suggest that drivers text or use a mobile device while driving. They can be hit with a penalty of up to $11,000.
  • Disqualification –  According to the FMCSA, multiple convictions for cell phone use while driving a commercial vehicle can result in driver disqualification. This is considered a serious traffic violation and can result in a CDL driver disqualification for up to 120 days.
  • Serious or Fatal Accidents – Cell phone use while driving is risky because the driver takes their eyes off of the roadway. This is true for all drivers, not just ruck drivers.  Avoid serious and fatal accidents, and obey the law, by leaving your cell phone alone while on the road.

Why is this a Big Deal?

According to the FMCSA, research shows that CMV drivers who text while operating a vehicle are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a “safety-critical event” such as serious and fatal accidents.

 

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If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a lawyer.

Contact us to find out about your legal rights. Setup a free, no obligation consultation 877-544-5323. If you’d rather send us a confidential e-mail, click here to go to our contact us page.

The instant a brain injury occurs, one life ends and another begins. When a tractor-trailer struck “Tom,” his brain injury ended the life he knew. At work, at home, and as a dedicated volunteer firefighter, Tom’s life was changed forever. In Tom’s new life, he struggled to think, work, and interrelate. These difficulties resulted from damage to his frontal lobe. The devastation of this loss of identity is a common story.

In crashes involving a car and a large truck (10,000 pounds or more), the odds are stacked against the car from the get-go. First, there is the vast size differential: large trucks are, on average, 20-30 times heavier than cars, and often much taller. The braking ability of these trucks also poses a problem to cars. After applying the brakes, trucks typically travel 20-40 percent farther than cars before reaching a stop.

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In addition to the hazardous physical and mechanical characteristics of large trucks, there is also the issue of driver performance. Driver performance suffers when drivers work extended shifts or operate their vehicles without adequate rest. Currently, drivers nationwide are allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours at a time, and no more than 77 hours a week. However, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), these regulations are often violated, and, as a result, drivers are operating large, dangerous trucks while fatigued. Research suggests that drivers are twice as likely to crash after only 8 hours behind the wheel, three hours less than the legal limit.

The IIHS also states that in the event of a fatal crash involving a large truck and a car, there is a 98 percent chance that a fatality will be suffered by the driver of the car. In the battle of car vs. truck, car always loses.

If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, and you suspect that a traumatic brain injury may have occurred, then you should do the following:

1. Watch for Symptoms: CDC – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
2. Get Quality Scans: NeurologicStudies.com
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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case. 

On October 16, 2013, a truck accident on I-95 near Dale City left one man injured while also backing up traffic on the interstate for several hours.

According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. when a tractor trailer carrying industrial adhesives struck a crash-cushion truck traveling in the southbound lane of the interstate.

The crash-cushion truck was riding alongside a street sweeper when the accident occurred. As a result of the collision the tractor trailer overturned. The driver of this truck was taken to a local hospital for treatment and has been charged with reckless driving.

It took crews roughly five hours to clean up the accident, having finally cleared the area at 3 p.m.

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case.