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A January 14, 2018 crash has claimed the life of a man on Route 460 in Sussex County. The man was driving a Dodge Dakota and hauling a utility trailer behind his vehicle. When the trailer became loose, the man stopped and attempted to secure it. Tragically, a tractor trailer rear-ended the trailer, pinning the man between the two. He survived but sustained serious injuries. The man succumbed to those injuries the next day. The driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with reckless driving.

Unsafe Freight

Anytime a driver is hauling a trailer, the risk of being involved in some kind of accident increase. While freight itself is not inherently dangerous, the simple act of adding additional weight and mechanics to a vehicle can make driving more difficult. Utility trailers are small, but any time they are not properly secure, they can cause serious issues for the driver.

Beyond Reckless Driving

In this case, of course, the tractor trailer driver’s recklessness is to blame more so than the utility trailer malfunctioning. When truck drivers fail to adequately monitor changing traffic conditions, they risk killing themselves and others on the road. While it is not clear why the driver of the tractor trailer did not stop in time, there is no doubt that they made some serious mistakes at the wheel that day. While reckless driving charges are a good start, it would not be surprising if the truck driver were facing more serious charges very soon.

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Underride accidents could be a thing of the past if a new bipartisan measure is passed. The efforts are to require truck safety guards that would prevent underride crashes. Known as “Angel Wings,” the guards are fitted under the front and sides of tractor trailers and prevent smaller vehicles from sliding under the trucks in collisions. These are currently optional, while back guards have been mandated for years.

Underride Crashes: The Deadly Truth

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 1,400 people died in car accidents involving tractor trailers in 2016. Many of those fatalities were the result of cars striking the sides of trucks. While underride accidents are not detailed in their figures, such incidents are undoubtedly included in the larger set of data. Because the technology exists to prevent such collisions, requiring these guards seems to be an easy solution for such a deadly issue.

Critics of the Guards

Some argue that the guards would end one safety problem but create another. Experts say that the additional weight of the guards could threaten the structural integrity of the tractor trailers. The guards weigh upwards of 16,000 pounds, threatening the fuel economy of the current trucks and adding to the cost of freight across the country. Some drivers also say the guards are ineffective, crumpling quickly under the weight of a collision.

While the debate continues, more lives will undoubtedly be lost to underride accidents.

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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.

Four people are recovering from injuries sustained in a tractor trailer accident that happened in Pulaski County, Virginia. The December 27, 2017 collision occurred just after 3:00 PM on I-81 South near mile marker 94. The crash caused the road to close for several hours while emergency responders worked to clear the wreckage.

Police say seven vehicles were involved in the crash, which initially started when a northbound tractor trailer sideswiped another truck heading north. The impact caused both vehicles to run off the left side of the road and into the median. One truck was able to stop in the median while another continued into the southbound lanes of I-81. This caused collisions with five additional cars before the tractor trailer went over the guardrail.

The first tractor trailer driver was charged with reckless driving. The second was not charged. The four people injured in the wreck were in passenger vehicles. News reports indicate that one woman needed to be airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The Freight Effect

Tractor trailer accidents are different from other kinds of wrecks. They involve extremely large vehicles carrying heavy cargo. A minor slip made by the driver can (and often does) result in serious accidents. While it isn’t immediately clear why the two initial trucks sideswiped one another, it’s easy to see how dangerous the consequences were.

Justice for Victims

The folks injured in this accident were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. A Virginia truck accident lawyer can help ensure they get the help they need to fully recover from their injuries.

Virginia Truck Accident 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.

An underride accident in Maryland earlier this month miraculously resulted in only a minor injury. That’s news, since many underride collisions end with fatalities. In fact, 21 people have died in the last two months in such accidents. Underride crashes occur when a car slides underneath a tractor trailer in a collision. Many people involved in underride accidents are killed by decapitation or are crushed under the weight of the truck.

Studies show that there is a relatively easy solution to this problem: attaching stronger rear guards to the bumpers of all tractor trailers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Virginia says these additions could prevent dangerous override collisions. Unfortunately, though, not everyone loves the idea.

Trucking companies say the stronger guards would add weight to their already heavy trucks, causing them to remove freight from their vehicles and instead add more tractor trailers to the road. The Insurance Institute disputes these claims.

Families of loved ones lost in such crashes have taken to Capitol Hill to advocate for additional safety measures to be mandated by the government. There’s no formal way to track the number of these kinds of accidents, which advocates say is a problem. Families who have lost loved ones to underride wrecks say they will take up the challenge and work tirelessly to inform both the public and the policymakers about the problem. Until real change occurs, though, the issue is likely to remain a dangerous one.

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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.

A food truck driver has been charged with manslaughter months after his vehicle slammed into a station wagon in Northern Virginia.

Police say the driver of the food truck has also been charged with reckless driving, driving without a license or auto insurance and failure to have his vehicle inspected. The accident in which he was involved resulted in the death of a mother at the helm of the station wagon. Three children were in the car at the time of the wreck and were also injured.

Authorities report that the truck driver ran a stop sign in Loudon County this September. In doing so, his converted school bus turned food truck slammed into a station wagon. The driver later told police that his brakes failed and caused the wreck. First responders took hours to free the victims from the mangled station wagon.

Tragically, the woman behind the wheel of that station wagon died at the scene. Her three children were injured in the wreck. The oldest, a 17-year-old, suffered a fractured skull as well as broken arms and legs. His younger sisters also suffered broken bones but have returned to school.

We send our condolences to this family and wish the survivors all the best in their recoveries. The unexpected loss of a parent is something no child should have to bear.

This incident highlights the need for regular maintenance of your vehicle, no matter what you drive. Regular inspections can help prevent tragedies like this one.

Virginia Truck Accident 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.

Two people are recovering from injuries sustained in an accident in Suffolk this week. The November 7, 2017 accident on Route 58 occurred just after 10 AM. While it is not clear exactly what caused the wreck, we know that a pickup truck and a tractor trailer collided near the Pitchkettle Road exit. The tractor trailer was loaded with steel at the time of the wreck.

One of the victims was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The other is said to have non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear whether the victims were drivers or passengers of the trucks involved. No arrests have been made in connection to the wreck, but it remains under investigation.

We send our best wishes for speedy recoveries for both victims. As the investigation into the crash continues, perhaps we will learn more about what caused the wreck and who is to blame.

Trucks struggle to make sudden stops the way a car might, especially when they are loaded down with heavy freight. While it is not clear whether or not the steel on the tractor trailer was a factor in this wreck, it is certainly possible that the weight made it difficult for the vehicle to avoid a collision with the pickup truck.

We encourage the victims of this accident to reach out to our team of knowledgeable truck accident lawyers as soon as possible. Depending upon the details of the crash, they may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault driver.

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A truck driver responsible for a fatal accident in Fredericksburg will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. The driver is still in the hospital, police say, but will be arrested upon release.

The accident occurred Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 on Route 3 near I-95. Reports indicate that vehicles were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 3 and Gateway Boulevard when the truck barreled toward them with no use of brakes. Six vehicles were involved in the collision, including a car driven by the 54-year-old female victim. Others were hurt in the accident, with one person remaining in critical condition. At this point in time, only the female victim was killed in the wreck.

We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim. An accident like this is so senseless. As investigators continue their work, we will perhaps learn more about why this incident occurred. In the meantime, we recommend the survivors speak to an attorney about their legal options moving forward.

It is impossible to speculate as to why the truck driver did not slow down in time to prevent a collision. There are a wide variety of potential explanations, none of which are especially reassuring. There is a chance the driver was distracted at the wheel by their cell phone. It’s also possible that they were drowsy at the wheel and fell asleep at the worst possible moment. Professional truck drivers face a number of hazards in their line of work, but none more dangerous than distractions and drowsiness behind the wheel.

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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.

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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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lane deviations. Another common side effect of distracted driving, deviating from your lane is a red flag to police everywhere.
    • 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!

Virginia Truck Accident 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.

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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Immediate investigation often makes the difference between winning and losing a tractor-trailer injury case. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. conducts immediate investigations to identify crucial witnesses and preserve important evidence. Our attorneys and staff will immediately notify the insurance companies involved to protect you from abusive insurance company tactics. Delays in an investigation can destroy your case because evidence is often lost and key witnesses can become very difficult to locate over time. Contact us of a free consultation 877-544-5323.

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.