Does driving near an 18-wheeler at 70 mph make you nervous? If so, you’re not alone. Truck accidents are a huge issue for drivers in Virginia and across the United States. Despite all of the advances in vehicle safety technology, drivers are more distracted than ever before. The 2018 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts report clearly shows there’s still a lot of work to do to make roadways safer.
After an accident with a big rig, safety is always the first priority. Calling 911 to request emergency medical assistance should be your first priority, even if you believe you were not injured in the accident. Other passengers in your car, the 18-wheeler or other vehicles may be seriously injured, and their injuries might prevent them from calling for help.
Despite the fact the trucking industry is highly regulated, drowsy driving is one of the top reasons for truck accidents. When drivers are tired, it is more difficult to make good decisions or have proper awareness of the traffic conditions. Many studies have shown how driving tired is just as bad as driving drunk.
The second biggest reason for truck accidents has to do with proper truck upkeep. Many businesses try to cut corners any way they can with the maintenance of their vehicles. Labor costs continue to skyrocket with the ongoing driver shortage, so companies delay addressing safety concerns as long as possible.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a big rig, an attorney can help you navigate the complicated legal issues. Trucking companies and the insurance companies who represent them will do anything possible to minimize their losses. Personal injuries from these accidents can take years to heal.
The attorneys at Epperly & Follis, P.C. are ready to assist you when you need legal assistance. Give us a call today at our Richmond office at 1-888-703-0109 to schedule your consultation.