Deadly Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-64
Tractor-Trailer Crashes into Chesapeake Bay
Car Collides with Tractor-Trailer in Virginia, killing two
Tractor-Trailer Accident Delays Traffic on I-81
Route 220 Closed in Botetourt County after Tractor-Trailer Accident
These are just a few of the media headlines lately involving tractor-trailer
accidents in Virginia. In the North, and especially in Virginia, winter
time is often beautiful and scenic. But with winter time, we also get
winter weather (snow, sleet and ice) which unfortunately contributes to
an increase in tractor-trailer accidents and more reports like those noted above.
According to Virginia State Department of Motor Vehicles in December 2013
there were 10,960 crashes with 63 of the crashes fatal. Of these 10,960
crashes, 4,623 invoived a commercial vehicle (tractor-trailer). 32 of
these crashes were attributed to sleet and 144 were attibuted to snow.
While some accidents may be unavoidable, there are many ways to drive defensively
around tractor-trailers in winter weather. In the winter months especially,
slow down. A snowy or iced covered road can make it more difficult for
your vehicle to stop and extremely difficult for a tractor-trailer to
stop. Because of the size of these trucks and winter conditions, it is
absolutely important to use caution when driving near or around these
trucks on the road. One of the most important tip to prevent an accident
with a tractor-trailer is to realize and understand the danger (what could
happen). Also, stay visible. Tractor-trailers have large “blind
spots” with limited visibility. Try to stay in the truck’s
visibility. A rule of thumb, “if you can’t see the driver
or his/her mirros, chances are that the driver is unable to see you.”
Driving safely and patiently while working to avoid an accident is the
best way to keep you and your family safe. If you do find yourself or
a family member involved in an accident, make sure you are all informed.
Attorney Warren’s book entitled:
A Crash Course in Virginia Automobile Injury Cases, is a great way to ensure that you protect your rights after any type of
vehicle accident. To receive a free copy of the book, click the following link:
A Crash Course in Virginia Automobile Injury Cases.
Although The Warren Firm is located in Charlottesville, VA, Vaden Warren
accepts and tries cases from all over Virginia, including Richmond, Louisa,
Tappahannock, Lynchburg, and many other surrounding cities and towns.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Virginia car accident, please
do not hesitate to give us a call at (434) 972-9090 or visit our website at
The Warren Firm.