Boasting major freeways such as Interstate 64, Interstate 81, Interstate 85 and others, and with population hubs like Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Richmond, Virginia attracts thousands of commercial vehicles every day. Sadly, that heavy truck traffic leads to nearly 3,000 truck-related accidents every year, leaving thousands of Virginia drivers with fatal or life-threatening injuries. Have you or a family member suffered a serious accident involving a truck, tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle? If so, get the legal representation that will best protect you against a negligent truck driver or commercial vehicle carrier. Contact Michael today to discuss your case with an attorney who has a nationally recognized track record in catastrophic truck accident litigation.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Virginia:
- American Association for Justice, Philadelphia (July 12, 2008)
Topic: Finding Insurance In Truck Litigation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Reston may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Virginia Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Virginia, visit our Virginia Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 121 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 2,603 per year
Accident Locales: 65%(Rural), 33%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 37% of Virginia's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Virginia.
In 92% of Virginia's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 64: I-64 travels from St. Louis, Missouri to Portsmouth, Virginia. In the 299 of its miles it spends within Virginia, I-64 passes through the cities of Norfolk and Richmond.
Interstate 77: I-77 achieves a great deal in its scant 611 miles. It connects major cities such as Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, WV, Akron, OH and Cleveland, OH while spending 67 of its miles in the state of Virginia.
Interstate 81: With 323 of its miles traversing Virginia cities such as Middletown, Lexington and Wytheville, I-81 is an important route in Appalachia.
Interstate 85: I-85 runs from Montgomery, Alabama to Petersburg, Virginia, I-85 intersects with I-95 in Petersburg. Like I-77, I-85 spends 67 of its miles in Virginia.
Interstate 95: A vital north/south route on America's eastern seaboard, I-95 travels from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine, a total of 1,907 miles. I-95 passes through Richmond, Virginia, and 178 of its miles are in the state.