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Category Archives: Truck Accidents

What Special Issues Arise in Logging and Coal Truck Crashes?

Coal and log trucks are common sights on West Virginia roads, representing two very important sectors of the state’s economy. However, they can also be hazardous to other drivers and pedestrians, causing crashes that injure or kill. In recent months, there have been numerous instances of logging and coal trucks causing injury or death in… Read More »

Using Inspection Records in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) such as tractor trailers and tanker trucks can cause serious damages when they crash. In some cases, investigators determine that an accident could have been prevented if a CMV owner or operator had performed simple, required maintenance. In other cases, however, figuring out who is at fault for damage in a… Read More »

Hundreds of Vehicles in Fatal West Virginia Truck Accidents Each Year

West Virginia’s scenic mountain roads are known to inspire awe, wonder and even songs, but their sharp curves and steep grades are dangerous for drivers, especially those unfamiliar with the terrain. On a winding road or highway, a motor vehicle collision may result from a second of distraction, a single error in judgment or a… Read More »

How Is Fault Calculated in a West Virginia Car-Truck Collision?

In collisions between cars and tractor trailers, car drivers and passengers are significantly more likely to die or suffer injuries than truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 82 percent of the people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017 were not occupants of a truck. Yet, this does not… Read More »

How to Safely Share the Road with Large Commercial Trucks

Many passenger car drivers get extremely nervous on the highway around tractor-trailers. The sheer size of these carriers is intimidating, and anyone who has ever seen the aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident understands the massive destructive force big rigs can wield at highway speeds. Unfortunately, motorists who tense up while close to commercial trucks can… Read More »

What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Collisions Between a Passenger Car and a Truck?

Many motorists get nervous driving on a highway near a large commercial truck, with good reason. When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger car, there’s little question about which vehicle will sustain greater damage. While commercial trucks are involved in fewer accidents than passenger vehicles, the accidents involving trucks are often catastrophic. So, is there… Read More »

Logbook Errors a Common Problem in Truck Accidents

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) places strict regulations on the trucking industry, and drivers’ adherence to those regulations must be recorded in logbooks. Truck drivers and the companies employing them are required to keep accurate records of the time drivers spend out on the road, where shipments are headed, and the total… Read More »

The Complexity of Truck Accident Injury Claims

If you get into an accident on West Virginia roads with a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck, it’s important to understand that you and your attorney may need to deal with certain complexities not found in a typical car accident case. That’s because there may be multiple parties at fault for the crash,… Read More »

Failing Brakes and Faulty Tires Often the Cause of Truck Accidents

Because semi-trucks are large vehicles with many moving parts, trucking companies and owner-operators must be proactive with maintenance to ensure their rigs are safe for highway travel. Unfortunately, equipment issues such as failing brakes and tire blow-outs are the cause of nearly one-third of truck accidents in West Virginia and across the country. When a… Read More »

What Regulations Must Truck Drivers Follow?

In an effort to improve highway safety and reduce truck accidents nationwide, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations in place for the trucking and shipping industries. Many of these regulations stipulate how long truck drivers in West Virginia and across the country can stay on the road before taking a… Read More »