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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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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.

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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.

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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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!

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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.