Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law

Truck Accidents Archives

540-904-1621

Staying safe behind the wheel of a tractor trailer

While you may have undergone extensive training and field experience and received the appropriate licensure in Virginia, none of these factors guarantee your safety when driving a tractor trailer. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to be a more vigilant driver and protect yourself and other drivers on the road. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we are familiar with the unique risks faced by truck drivers every day.

The dangers of intoxicated truckers

Many truck accidents that occur on the roads in Roanoke County are avoidable. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, many truckers violate federal law and work shifts that are longer than 11 hours. Doing so can result in truckers being too tired to give the roads the attention they deserve. Some of them may resort to using medications, drugs and even alcohol to keep themselves alert. Others may use these substances when they are off work.

Common causes of truck accidents

Many large trucks travel through and within Virginia, making truck accidents a concern for everyone on the roadways. We know at Cranwell & Moore PLC Attorneys at Law that you try to be safe when you are driving, but sometimes that is not enough. To understand more about truck accidents, it helps to know why they happen. According to UnsafeTrucks.org, common causes of truck accidents include unrealistic company expectations or policies, fatigue, improper loading, driving under the influence, lack of training and equipment failure.

Prepare for the new electronic trucking log rules

Federal guidelines require truck drivers to maintain a log of their activities in Virginia. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a new rule for trucking logs effective for most truckers in December 2017 requires all logs to be electronically maintained. It is important to note that electronic logging devices are replacing old paper systems and automatic onboard recording devices, but the implementation date for AORDs is later than for paper systems.

Assessing car-truck crashes and identifying risk factors

Motor vehicle crash statistics gathered from law enforcement reports and other sources are used to determine causation, and develop strategies to lower the number of injuries and fatalities each year. Federal and Virginia lawmakers have spent significant time over the past several decades reviewing this data as it relates to large trucks, and drafting laws that attempt to curtail the dangers associated with large commercial vehicles.

Truck hits car head-on, killing three

When driving down any road in Virginia, people in passenger vehicles can understandably feel vulnerable when coming upon large semi trucks and other types of commercial vehicles. The size and weight differential between tractor trailers and cars, pickup trucks and other vehicles can make a bit difference in the outcome of an accident between them.

18-wheeler accident involved trucker whose CDL was suspended


Large trucks are a common sight on the roadways in Virginia. They are so frequently seen that most people take for granted that the operator of a big rig will be fully trained, drive the vehicle safely, adhere to all federal trucking regulations and be thoroughly checked by the employer. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and it is only after a truck accident that the truth is discovered and the driver should not have been behind the wheel. Those who have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident or lost a loved one need to know what to do in the aftermath to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Does negligent truck maintenance contribute to truck accidents?


There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a truck accident. One contributing factor can be negligent truck maintenance. When a truck's brakes are not checked on a regular basis, or minor problems are allowed to grow into major problems, the results can be catastrophic, oftentimes leading to major collisions with motor vehicles.

How can sleep deprivation lead to truck accidents?


There are many factors that might contribute to a dangerous truck accident. From a truck driver who is speeding down a Virginia highway to one who is distracted by his or her cell phone, Virginia drivers must be on the lookout for dangerous situations that can arise from truck driver negligence. One particularly troublesome factor that contributes to truck accidents is a truck drivers' lack of sleep.

Attorneys counsel victims of Virginia truck accidents


Truck accidents can happen in a split-second. Traffic travels at high speeds along Virginia's highways and often large commercial vehicles barrel past smaller vehicles. It takes only one wrong move on the part of an inattentive truck driver to cause an accident. As this blog reported in a previous post, the National Transportation Safety Board, wants to prevent negligent truck drivers from being able to put drivers and passengers on the roads at risk.

Your Best Interests Are Our Top Priority — Schedule A Free Consultation

Arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our Roanoke personal injury lawyers today.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule Your Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Visit Our Office / Follow Us

111 Virginia Avenue West
Vinton, VA 24179

Toll Free: 888-635-6304
Phone: 540-904-1621
Fax: 540-344-7073
Vinton Law Office Map

111 Virginia Avenue West