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Truck Accidents Archives

Driver killed after car ricochets off concrete barrier

One of the most common sights on Virginia's streets is the concrete traffic barrier. These barriers -- called jersey walls due to the location of their invention -- are intended to separate traffic lanes, reduce the force of impacts and prevent vehicles from abruptly changing lanes after hitting the wall. Unfortunately, a jersey wall on a street in Springfield, Virginia, may have partially caused a recent fatal collision.

Big rig collision starts 7-vehicle chain reaction

Anyone who has traveled the Interstate Highway System has seen two semi-trailer trucks driving abreast as one attempts to pass the other. The two trucks occupy almost the entire roadway, leaving little margin for error. A truck accident involving two big rigs near Pulaski, Va. was the beginning of a seven-vehicle accident that injured four people.

Three-vehicle accident injures police officer, three drivers

Police officers work hard to clear away debris from accident scenes and to get traffic moving again. Occasionally, however, officers find themselves in the path of a moving car or truck after the jam is cleared, and they become casualties of the crash. A recent car and truck accident in Fairfax County near the intersection of Route 28 and Interstate 66, in addition to injuring the three drivers, injured a Fairfax County police officer who was directing traffic after the major accident debris had been removed from the scene.

Tractor trailer fatality re-ignites debate about safety guards

Semi-trucks traveling at freeway speeds constitute a significant safety hazards for smaller automobiles. Occasionally, even when fully stopped, big rigs can be a significant safety risk. A truck accident in Fairfax County involving a semi-truck and a sedan demonstrates the safety hazards posed by big rigs and has re-ignited a debate about the need for crash protectors on the rear ends of these large vehicles.

Semi driver blamed for fatal multi-vehicle accident

The driver of a semi-truck appears to have been the cause of a six-vehicle collision near Fredericksburg, Virginia, that resulted in one fatality. The truck accident injured several people and killed a woman as they were waiting for a traffic light to change.

Accident reconstruction, black boxes help police understand crash

Traffic accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. The task of understanding how and why an accident occurred often requires the technical sophistication of forensic experts and event data recorders. This blog recently explained the techniques of accident reconstruction used by Virginia law enforcement officers, and the conclusion of a recent accident investigation provides a useful example of how the two techniques were used to understand the sequence of events in a deadly truck accident.

Head-on collision in work zone leaves one dead, two injured

People who use the Interstate Highway System in Virginia are used to seeing signs asking for extra caution in work zones. Fines for traffic violations usually increase in work zones, and speed limits are reduced. But, what about vehicles used in highway construction work? A recent truck accident in Arlington raises several questions about the safe operation of vehicles involved in construction work.

Rear-end truck collision near Spotsylvania leaves one dead

Virginians who use the Interstate Highway system in the summer often encounter construction zones and signs that require drivers to reduce their speed. Occasionally, the construction bottleneck brings traffic to a complete halt. A recent truck accident on I-95 near Spotsylvania was the apparent result of a driver failing to heed the reduced speed limit in a construction zone.

Truck accidents: truck rear guards are often inadequate

A common but little known type of accident involving tractor-trailer trucks in Virginia is the underride collision, in which an automobile either collides with or is shoved into the rear end of the trailer. In these accidents, the occupants of the car suffer death or serious injuries when they are forced against the frame of the trailer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has adopted regulations that are intended to require adequate rear-end trailer shields to guard against such truck accidents, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently released findings questioning the adequacy of existing regulations and their enforcement.

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