Last Thursday, July 23 an unfortunate series of accidents had I-81 in Virginia closed for about twelve hours.
The first accident involved a tractor trailer full of watermelons that ran off the road and overturned in the median. As you can imagine, it made a big mess in the highway and traffic was detoured onto US Highway 11, causing a back up that stretched for several miles.
About three hours later the worst of the series of crashes happened when a tractor trailer did not slow down in time for the detouring traffic and struck a car. The impact forced the automobile underneath a tractor trailer in front of it and caused a chain reaction of several trucks hitting each other.
One of the tractor trailer’s fuel tanks ruptured and caused a fire that spread rapidly and destroyed the passenger vehicle. The occupants of the car died at the scene.
There were two other crashes that day but no further deaths.
What a horrible and crazy day on the interstate. Interstate 81 has an extremely high amount of trucks driving on it and is the state’s most dangerous road.
Chesterfield County, Virginia – A young man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night, after the bicycle that he was riding was hit by a tractor trailer in Chesterfield County.
Investigators say the man was on his bike, when he was struck by the trailer of the truck, and dragged about fifty feet. He then became pinned underneath the rear tires of the vehicle.
Chesterfield firefighters say that the victim had to be freed with a heavy duty tow truck, and was flown to VCU Medical Center. No word on his condition.
via WTVR Channel 6
This is a very unfortunate accident and I’m sure that the bicycle rider suffered severe personal injuries in this wreck. Being stuck under trailer, dragged fifty feet and then trapped under the wheels of the truck, it seems to be a miracle that the bike rider survived.
Please try and be more observant of bike riders on the roads. I have been seeing more and more of them lately as the economy worsens. I suppose a lot of people either can’t afford a car or are choosing to save money and/or get exercise through bicycling.
Also for all you bikers out there please try and follow the laws and wear your helmet at all times. Some bikers are reckless on the roads and are in risk of getting hit. Just this morning on the way to work, I saw a bike traveling toward me in my lane. If he hadn’t moved at the last minute we would have had a head on collision. I was very surprised by this and watched in my rear view mirror as he swerved across two lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalk.
Look for my upcoming blog on bike safety tips.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident or a tractor trailer wreck make sure and get the Virginia Accident Injury Book. It is free and available to accident victims in Virginia.
Twent-year-old Jose Lara of Brodnax, Virginia (in Brunswick and Mecklenburg Counties) lost control of his Dodge Neon on a curve and swerved sideways into the path of a Parker Oil propane truck driven by Jerry Jones of LaCrosse, VA in Mecklenburg County.
Lara was transported to Community Memorial Healthcenter in South Hill, Virginia with injuries.
Mr. Lara’s car is in pretty bad shape.
After seeing that picture it is hard to imagine how you would survive that wreck.
There was an accident involving two tractor-trailers around 2pm on January 6 in Norfolk, VA that shut down Interstate 64 East for several hours.
Enous O’Neil was sitting in a broken down truck waiting for help from his company when Robert Irby slammed into the back of Mr. O’Neil’s truck at 60mph.
Mr. Irby was taken to Sentara Norolk General Hospital for injuries.
While witnessing the first legitimate wintry weather of the season last weekend—most of it in the region of Central Virginia—we got a pretty accurate reminder of why it is important to stay off of snowed-over roads unless it is absolutely necessary. When the snow started falling around 3:00 on Saturday afternoon, most residents gave in to the Holiday spirit and welcomed the sight of the falling snow. But by 5:00, the weather had taken its toll on the roads.
In Bedford, a 4-car collision temporarily blocked both lanes on 460. Fortunately there were no deaths involved and the injuries inflicted were all minor. Lynchburg and the Amherst area saw similar accidents, most noticeable on US 29 where at least four multi-vehicle accidents were reported late into Saturday night.
The dangerous driving conditions remained throughout most of Saturday night and Sunday morning as the frigid temperature refused to help matters.
With further severe winter weather already being predicted for the Northeastern part of the nation this weekend, it is important that we all remind ourselves of the most basic of safety precautions while driving in hazardous conditions. First and foremost, stay off of the roads unless it cannot be helped. And if you absolutely must travel in such conditions, make a point to drive at reasonable speeds, often much lower than the posted speed limit. It is also vital that you increase the distance between yourself and any other vehicles. The same is true of approaching stop signs or stop lights; allow yourself ample room to cautiously slow the car.
You may also want to make sure that you have suitable tread on your tires. And while it may seem rather dramatic, you’ll also want to keep a blanket and an emergency first aid kit in your trunk in the event of an accident.
Most importantly, always be looking out for other drivers. Just because you are driving carefully and with great caution does not mean that every other driver on the wintry roads will show the same courtesy.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has recently released a guide entitled Winter Weather May Cause Hazardous Driving Conditions that has more information.
If you wreck your car or truck in an accident and suffer an injury there are certain things you should do.
1. Call the police. They can often provide great assistance in determining who caused the wreck, whether the accident involved a car, truck, tractor trailer, pedestrian, bicycle or other motor vehicle. The police report can provide aid to determining liability.
2. Exchange information with the other driver. Get their full name, business and residential address, home and office phone numbers, and the name of their insurance company.
3. Get information from any witnesses to the accident and take notes about what happened before, during and after the accident to help you remember later in case you need to file suit to receive compensation for injuries and damage. Taking photos of the accident scene can also be valuable.
4. Seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you were injured. There are many cases where the shock of the accident might mask your symptoms. There may also be soft-tissue injuries to your neck or back where pain is not immediately felt.
5. Consult an attorney who specializes in personal injury accident law. An experienced lawyer can be valuable in assisting you to get the most money for your claim. Your attorney will also contact the insurance adjuster and help you with this stressful event in your life.
How much do the attorney’s charge? Is it just going to cost me money that the insurance company is going to pay me anyway? How can I fight the insurance company with all their money and high priced attorneys?
The good news is that you can fight the big insurers and their legal counsel. If you believe that your claim has been unfairly denied, or that the insurance company has acted unreasonably in handling the claim, do not simply let it go. Pursue your claim, assert your rights. You can fight and win.
You don’t always need a lawyer but if you have an insurance claim or have been injured you can’t afford not to talk to one.
One of your biggest concerns may be that you cannot afford a lawyer. Don’t worry. I understand that you are worried about what has happened to you and that you are unsure of what to do. You are unsure whether you can afford a lawyer, how much a lawyer costs, and how to find a good lawyer.
In injury cases most lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means that the lawyer’s fee is paid at the end of the case if, and only if, a recovery is made. In other words, if the case is lost, there is no attorney’s fee.
Most lawyers also pay up front expenses, like the costs of accident reports, medical records and doctor’s testimony fees. These are reimbursable by the client at the end of the case.
Our contingency fee is 33 1/3 per cent on the recovery if the case is settled before suit is filed.
Probably 90% of our cases settle without filing suit and even those that are filed usually settle before going to trial.
Letʼs start at the very beginning: Just what is a personal injury case?
Lawyers say that they do “personal injury cases” or “accident cases” or “wrongful death cases” and yet, my wife Margaret tells me that she does not think that everyone understands exactly what this means. Indeed, people who have known me for years will come up to me and ask me for a referral to a car accident attorney! They do this even though I think that they know exactly what it is that I do.
A personal injury, car accident, or wrongful death case is any type of claim where a person has been injured or killed due to someone elseʼs carelessness or negligence. In general, negligence means that the other person failed to act the way a reasonably careful person would have acted in the same situation.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases that we see here in Richmond include car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, SUV rollover, slip and fall cases, defective product accidents (also known as products liability) and dog bite cases.
If the only damage in your case is that your car got banged up, then you donʼt have a personal injury case – but you may have a property damage case. We do not handle property damage cases, but there are many lawyers who do so. If both you and your car have suffered an injury, then you have both a personal injury and a property damage claim. In those circumstances, either your insurance company or their insurance company will usually take care of the property damage claim.
If someoneʼs negligence causes the death of another, then this is called a “wrongful death” claim. The law of each state or jurisdiction differs significantly regarding what can be recovered in a wrongful death case. You need an attorney who understands the specialized wrongful death laws of Virginia.