2 Contributing Elements to Commercial Truck Collisions

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When a car driver sees a commercial truck pull up in the next lane, the driver may be understandably intimidated by the sheer size and weight of this hefty truck, as a semi accident lawyer Virginia relies on knows all too well. Commercial trucks may weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. Car drivers may do their best to steer clear of these trucks, out of concern for their own safety. Any driver who has witnessed a truck maneuvering in an unwieldy manner, has likely envisioned what would result if an accident were to happen. If a collision between a commercial truck and passenger vehicle were to occur, the car driver may suffer the very worst of injuries and financial damages.

It is important to a semi accident lawyer in Virginia at MartinWren, P.C. that those who have been hit by a commercial truck know that they may be entitled to receiving financial compensation for the accident. Here in the article below, we have talked about a couple of the most common elements that can contribute to commercial truck collisions.

#1 Truck Driver Fatigue

A major problem among truckers is truck driver fatigue. Due to the nature of the job, sometimes truckers do not get the sleep they need. There are regulations for how long a trucker can drive in one sitting. However, a trucker may break these rules due to the pressure of arriving at the delivery destination on-time.

order to get ahead if behind schedule. While this could work in theory, if a trucker become truly sleep-deprived they may experience what is referred to as microsleep. These are brief moments in which a person may actually fall asleep while still “awake.” When this happens, a person may be unable to respond to external stimuli. So, if a truck driver is behind the wheel and goes into a thirty second episode of microsleep, you can imagine just what kind of disaster could unfold.

#2 Overloading Cargo

Truckers and trucking companies make their money by delivering goods on-time and in bulk. The loading team may throw in additional cargo to make their client happy, and to make a little extra money too. But, there could be grave consequence to surpassing the cargo limit of a commercial truck. If for some reason the cargo was not properly fastened, it could release out onto the roadways causing a huge accident with many vehicles involved.

When to Meet with a Semi Accident Lawyer in Virginia

It may be time to meet with a legal professional if you or someone you love has suffered injuries and financial loss because of being hit by a commercial truck. A Virginia semi accident lawyer at MartinWren, P.C. can help you decide if filing a lawsuit is the right choice. If the trucker was at-fault for the wreck, you may be able to recover expenses related to:

  • Medical bills to treat injuries
  • Loss of pay from missing work to heal
  • Costs for repairs or to purchase an entirely new vehicle if totaled

Please reach out to an semi accident lawyer Virginia trusts at MartinWren, P.C. immediately so we can get started working on your behalf. Call Bob Byrne at 434-817-3100 today!

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