Lynchburg Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers
Most of us have either been in or witnessed the aftermath of an accident on the road, if you have been in a tractor-trailer accident contact our Lynchburg Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers today. It can be devastating, even catastrophic — the destruction potentially magnified by the sheer size of the vehicles involved. Tractor-trailers can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The probability of serious injury is high. In 2018, large trucks were involved in 2,540 accidents in the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, these crashes resulted in 842 personal injuries. Contact our Lynchburg Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers if you feel that you or someone you know deserves proper compensation for their injuries.
Reasons for Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer drivers must follow a number of state and federal laws. And although many of these laws are put in place to keep the drivers and others on the road safe, accidents happen — although the cause may sometimes be preventable.
Under federal regulations, tractor-trailer drivers can only be behind the wheel for 11 hours straight. Driver fatigue is risky business. According to IIHS, tractor-trailer drivers who spend more than eight hours behind the wheel are twice as likely to crash.
Faulty or poorly inspected equipment can create system failures causing the driver of a tractor-trailer to lose control and end up in an accident. In these cases, either the manufacturer or the maintenance crew may be held liable.
Tractor-trailers need more space to brake than a passenger vehicle, especially if weather conditions are unfavorable. Brakes also need to be properly maintained. Overloading a tractor-trailer may lead to tipping or brake system failure.
Contact Randall J. Trost, P.C.
There are several other contributing factors to tractor-trailer accidents like speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, sudden braking, or drug and alcohol use. Randall J. Trost, P.C. has over three decades of experience in tractor-trailer injury cases throughout the state of Virginia. Our team is dedicated to aggressively pursue justice and compensation for our clients.