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A woman has died after being struck by a truck in Chesapeake. The crash occurred on Monday, April 4, 2016, along Military Highway near Heidi Drive. Authorities report that a van had pulled over to the side of the road to change a tire. The three passengers got out to work on making the change when they were struck by a dump truck. One woman was killed, while the other two – along with the driver of the truck – were injured. The injured victims were taken to local hospitals, where they are expected to make full recoveries. No charges have been filed yet, but the accident is still under investigation.

We send our thoughts to the friends and family of the victims during this surely difficult time.

Deadly Crashes on Virginia Roadways

It might surprise you, but accidents like this one are all too common. A routine flat tire can become deadly when drivers don’t pay enough attention to the road ahead of them. Even at 4 in the morning, like when this accident occurred, busy streets like Military Highway can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, the late hour can be deceptive. Just because there are relatively few vehicles on the street doesn’t mean you’re necessarily any safer than if you were broken down during rush hour.

If you find yourself having car troubles, try to pull off onto a side street. They’re typically less congested, and drivers will be more likely to slow down and stay on the lookout for pedestrians.  If a side street isn’t readily available, pull as far off the road as possible. Even a few inches can save you from a distracted driver.

As the investigation continues, it will be interesting to see what caused the driver of the dump truck to overlook the disabled vehicle. Given the early hour of the accident, it’s certainly possible that the truck driver was driving while drowsy. It’s a growing problem, one that the government has tried to address.

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.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, a serious accident took the life of a young man on the Eastern Shore in Accomack County.

According to reports, a Ford F-150 traveling down Daugherty Road in Tasley, Virginia turned onto Route 13 and into the path of a Chevrolet van. The van, unable to react in time, struck the F-150. As the occupants of both vehicles attempt to exit, a tractor-trailer traveling North down Route 13 slammed into the van. Sadly, one person was able to exit the vehicle in time and was killed upon impact.

The driver of the Ford F-150 has been charged with failure to yield the right of way.

Route 13: A Dangerous Eastern Shore Highway

The type of accident that occurred on Thursday sadly happens quite often– unexpected vehicle crossings that occur at unsignalized minor intersections with inadequate lighting on Route 13. Nonetheless, drivers traveling under such conditions should instinctively exercise increased caution when attempting to cross a major intersection like this one.

We send our thoughts to the friends and family of the victims during this surely difficult time.

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Virginia Truck Accident Attorney | Richard J. SerpeA new wish list of safety improvements has been released by the National Transportation Safety Bureau. The list includes:

Drowsy driving has indeed become more and more of a problem in recent years. In fact, a recent survey conducted by AAA found that 43 percent of participants had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lives.

This problem is exacerbated by the trucking industry’s grueling hours and large loads. When a passenger vehicle crashes because a driver has fallen asleep, it can be dangerous. When a truck crashes because its driver has nodded off, it is often fatal. The size of the average passenger car and the average commercial tractor trailer makes all difference. Nodding off for a moment can be incredibly risky for any driver, but the average car or SUV can be corrected and recovered fairly quickly. Trucks, which struggle to stop quickly, don’t have that same luxury. Given the nature of the job, truck drivers are also more likely to be at the wheel while tired.

Thankfully, truck driver fatigue is being addressed by our lawmakers. New electronic logging devices can track driver data like hours and miles driven. These devices are now required for all commercial trucks. Other plans to prevent fatigue are also in place, like the mandated breaks required of drivers behind the wheel more than 10 hours in a row.

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Virginia Truck Accident LawyerTragic Fatal Truck Accident on the Eastern Shore

The driver of a tractor trailer is facing nearly a dozen charges following a fatal crash on the Eastern Shore last year. The wreck occurred when the truck driver failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Suzuki Forenza carrying a family of five – including an unborn baby. Tragically, none of the family members survived the crash. Now, the driver of the tractor trailer is facing charges in court.

Truck Driver Faces Multiple Charges

Charges include failing to stop at a red light, operating a vehicle in conditions likely to cause an accident and driving too long without a break. There were other charges in connection to the brakes on his truck and for preparing a false record of duty status, 13NewsNow.com reports.

Justice for the Victims

Nothing can change the fact that this horrific accident claimed the lives of the three adults and two children. Justice for these victims, however, will likely go a long way to ease the pain of their loved ones. This driver  made one bad choice after another and will have to face the consequences of those decisions. We can only hope that incidents like this will illustrate the dangers of driving without breaks and convince policymakers to protect laws limiting the amount of hours professional drivers can work.

New Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently adopted a new method of tracking drivers hours. Electronic logging devices make it more difficult for drivers to falsify their hours worked, since the device can track engine hours, vehicle movement and miles driven. Hopefully, updated policies and new technology can help prevent tractor trailer accidents nation wide.

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.

Truck Driver Hits Parked VDOT Vehicle

A crash in Newport News led to the death of a truck driver, WAVY 10 reports. The accident occurred when a tractor trailer driver drove into a parked V-DOT vehicle. The V-DOT truck was sent into the roadway, colliding with a second tractor trailer. The driver of the second big rig lost control and struck trees, overturning on the side of the road. His container turned completely upside down, with the truck stuck between the treeline and the trailer. Tragically, this second truck driver was killed on impact.

Adjusting Your Speed in Work Zones

The eastbound lane of I-64 was closed for nine hours while rescue workers cleared the scene. The site had been a work zone where V-Dot workers were widening the lanes. Experts say this story serves as a warning about what can happen when drivers don’t adjust their speed or watch out for construction workers in work zones. It’s important to stay alert whenever you’re driving, but even more so when you’re heading through an area where workers might be.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of accidents for over 29 years. If you’d like to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation toll free 877-544-5323.

An overcorrection behind the wheel of a tractor trailer has led to the deaths of two drivers in Fauquier County. The crash occurred when the driver of a southbound tractor trailer ran off road around 3 a.m. He overcorrected and drove his vehicle into the northbound lane, colliding with another tractor trailer. Both drivers were killed in the wreck. Investigators are still looking into the cause of this crash. Given the early hour of the accident, one has to wonder if visibility or driver fatigue had something to do with the wreck. Statistics show that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Head-on collisions and tractor trailer crashes are two of the most dangerous kinds of accidents. When combined, they become even more deadly. Thankfully, these such wrecks are rare. Truck drivers are professionals with years of experience at maneuvering their big rigs around difficult traffic patterns. But when collisions between these behemoths do occur, they are inevitably tragic.

An average day at work can turn so deadly so quickly for drivers of tractor trailers. Small mistakes you or I might make in a car can be more easily, quickly and safely corrected. Not so in large vehicles like trucks and buses. These drivers deserve our respect on the road. Give them plenty of space the next time you spot a truck on the highway – you never know when they might need to correct.

Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has seen just how devastating truck accidents can be. We have been helping victims and their families injured by someone else’s negligence for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a time to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.

Many cars boast about their speed capabilities. Whether it’s reaching 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds or top speeds of over 200 miles per hour, speed goals are thrilling for all drivers. Even if you never go above the speed limit, just knowing your car is capable of such power is exciting. Unfortunately for drivers of tractor trailers, their tires are simply not designed to go above 75 miles per hour.

This was okay for truck drivers in the mid-2000s, when many of the current models of truck tires were manufactured. Back then, top speed limits around the country were at just 70 miles per hour. Now, however, there are spots in Texas where the speed limits top 85 miles per hour. Tractor trailers struggle to maintain the speed of traffic and push their vehicles beyond the the brink. When truck tires are pushed in this way, blow outs are bound to happen. When such blow outs do occur, drivers often lose control and slam into other cars on the road.

Tractor trailer crashes are incredibly deadly. They’re always the most deadly kind of auto accident, because they so easily overpower most other vehicles in both size and weight. Drivers and passengers in smaller cars and SUVs stand no chance against the behemoth tractor trailers. So this tire issue isn’t just a trucking industry hazard – it’s a matter of public safety.

No one would argue that trucks should not be going over the legal speed limit, but when intense deadlines are placed on drivers, they’re often forced to choose between safety or success. Factor in the limitations on tire speed, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has seen just how devastating truck accidents can be. We have been helping victims and their families injured by someone else’s negligence for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a time to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.

Virginia Truck Accident Attorney | Richard J. SerpeAvoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents

We’ve all been there: driving along the highway when a gigantic tractor trailer pulls up alongside. It’s a scary moment, and one when you’re hyper aware of the size difference between your car and the truck. One wrong move could spell disaster – and often does. Tractor trailer crashes are incredibly deadly because of that size difference. But there’s no need to be frightened of our truck driving fellow motorists. Indeed, there are several tips we can all remind ourselves of the next time we’re sharing the road with a tractor trailer.

  • Blind Spots, No Zones – You’ve probably noticed the signs on the backs of trucks warning drivers not to pass unless you see their mirrors. It’s not likely something you’ve spent much time considering, but it is actually incredibly important. Large truck blind spots are called “no zones” and are located on the front, sides and back of the tractor trailer. Avoid staying in these zones – either let the truck pass by or give it plenty of room on the road.
  • Slam on the brakes or collide? – Another important tip is to remember the challenges heavy trucks and buses can have when braking. Many times, tractor trailer and bus drivers must make the difficult decision to either slam on their brakes and potentially injure or kill their passengers, or collide with another car. Most often, they’ll choose to collide with the other car.
  • Passing – If you’re attempting to pass a tractor trailer, make sure you can spot the truck’s headlights in your rear view mirror before making your move. Use you signal as you normally would – don’t flash your lights at a trucker, as it could confuse them.
  • Don’t Cutoff a Large Truck – Never ever swerve in front of a truck. Their brakes sometimes take the length of an entire football field for the tractor trailer to come to a complete stop. That distance could mean serious injury or death for you and your passengers.
  • Avoid “Squeeze Play” – And finally, avoid what’s known as “squeeze play.” It’s the maneuver some drivers pull when a truck swings wide to make a left turn. Common in urban areas, this is a recipe for disaster. Even if you’re forced to miss your green light, avoiding a collision is much more important than saving a minute or two of time.

For more tips on avoiding tractor trailer wrecks, check out this list compiled by the American Moving and Storage Association.

Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has seen just how devastating truck accidents can be. We have been helping victims and their families injured by someone else’s negligence for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a time to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.

interstate 81Thousands of commuters use I-81 every day, passing through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. The longest stretch of I-81 is through Virginia. Indeed, the road is a main thoroughfare, with many tractor trailer drivers using the highway to cut around the DC and New York traffic of I-95. Tragically, it is also one of the deadliest interstates. A recent news story reported it had been the site of more than 100 traffic accident deaths in just a decade.

Why is I-81 so deadly?

The presence of tractor trailers certainly doesn’t help things. The trucks are incredibly dangerous when they wreck, easily overpowering smaller cars and SUVs in their paths. When such vehicles collide, the accident is made much more serious given the size difference between the vehicles. Chain reaction crashes are also quite common when tractor trailers are present. With slower brakes, trucks cannot come to a stop as quickly as other types of vehicles, leading to collisions.

6,000 Crashes on I-81 in the last decade.

There have been more than 6,000 crashes on I-81 in the last decade, with 98 percent of the collisions resulting in deaths. A majority of these accidents occurred in the West Virginia corridor of I-81. Speed, recklessness, road conditions and weather are all major factors, but authorities say that the perpetual presence of tractor trailers is a big reason why so many crashes occur in that area.

What can you do prevent such an accident from occurring when you’re on the highway? First thing’s first: slow down. Increase your following distance to allow for changes in speed. Never, ever use your cell phone while operating your car, even if just for a second. Distractions are one of the most common causes of accidents on the highway.

Injured in a Virginia Truck Accident?

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has seen just how devastating truck accidents can be. We have been helping victims and their families injured by someone else’s negligence for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a time to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.

Fatal truck crashes are on the rise.

Comedian Tracy Morgan made headlines last year when a Walmart truck crashed into his vehicle, injuring Morgan and killing another passenger. He sustained traumatic brain injuries that prevented him from working. Sadly, his story is all too common. Indeed, fatal truck crashes are on the rise across the country. Their numbers have climbed steadily through the last four years, with regulations becoming more and more lax in spite of the scary statistics.

Regulations are becoming more lax in spite of the scary statistics.

Congress has recently allowed truck drivers to work up to 82 hours a week, an increase from the 70 hours over eight days policy previously in place. This means drivers no longer need to take 34-hour breaks over two nights to rest. Congress also hopes to lower the age of truck drivers from 21 to 18. Young adults with barely two years of driving experience would suddenly be behind the wheel of these behemoth vehicles.

Trucks are only responsible for 10 percent of the traffic in the United States, reports the New York Times, but they play a role in one out of every eight fatal collisions.  Cars and SUVs are safer than ever, with a three percent drop in fatal accidents from 2009 to 2013. Compare that with the 17 percent hike in fatal trucking accidents in those same four years.

Sacrificing Safety

The trucking industry is out to make a profit, and too often, that means sacrificing the safety of both their drivers and the general public. The reality is, though, that safer driving would likely save the industry money in insurance and in damage claims. Congress should put public safety above industry and require more accountability from trucking companies. It’s the only way to prevent the truck crash fatality rate from rising even further.

Injured in a Virginia Truck Accident?

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has seen just how devastating truck accidents can be. We have been helping victims and their families injured by someone else’s negligence for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a time to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.

Commercial vehicle accidents are complicated.

There are numerous complicated factors that need to be looked into when it comes to commercial vehicle accidents.  In such 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.