Being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer can be very tragic and cause severe bodily damage.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is common in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Recently a man from Richmond had to be airlifted to a hospital because of a traffic crash between his vehicle and a tractor trailer on Interstate 64.  The News Virginian reported that the man was traveling east on I-64 in his Volkswagen Jetta when he collided into a truck’s cargo trailer.

Witnesses to the accident said that the man was probably driving at 70-75 mph when the crashed occurred.  The driver of the tractor trailer was said to be traveling at 40 mph, which is the normal speed for trucks in that area authorities said.  The driver of the tractor trailer is not expected to be charged with any wrong-doing.

As Richmond, Virginia accident injury lawyers, we’ve heard countless stories that involve these big trucks.  More often than not, fatalities occurred in the passenger vehicles and sometimes the drivers of the trailers are to blame.  Truck drivers often drive non-stop and do not get sufficient rest, so the fatigue can affect the way they drive.

According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are over 500,000 accidents each year involving tractor trailers.  If you drive in an area with these types of vehicles, it’s important to stay alert and be a defensive driver.

Have you been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer?  Don’t hesitate to contact a professional, reputable accident injury lawyer who specializes in these types of accidents.

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