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How long can truckers stay safely on the road?

Hours of service requirements for truckers have long been a source of concern for drivers, as well as for lawmakers. Over the years, regulations have helped solidify the expectation that truck drivers operate safely and without undue tiredness or rushing. Both driver fatigue and speeding can threaten others' safety, which is why the drivers of commercial vehicles are held to stringent hours of service requirements in Northern Virginia and beyond.

Virginia's harsh contributory negligence law

After many traffic accidents, it's relatively clear who was at fault. For example, if a sports car driver speeds through a stop sign and crashes into a sedan that was lawfully traveling through an intersection, the injured sedan driver has a strong case to show that the sports car driver caused the accident through negligence and should be held liable for the injured person's damages. However, determining causation after a car accident is not always so easy. For example, what if both drivers ran the stop sign? Can the sedan driver recover compensation in that case?

How must a truck driver transport hazardous materials safely?

One of the most frightening sights on any highway, interstate or local road is an overturned truck. Especially in four-season states like Virginia, a semi truck accident is, unfortunately, a threat throughout the year. From slippery roads caused by thunderstorms to icy streets or slick autumn leaves, the danger of any vehicle spinning out of control is a frequent presence. Still, even more disturbing than the thought of a rollover is when it occurs to a truck is carrying hazardous materials.

Following a fatality, wrongful death may seem overwhelming

Coping with a loved one's death may be the most difficult thing a Virginia resident will ever have to go through. When a family member is killed by someone else's recklessness or negligence, the grief, confusion and anger can seem insurmountable. The legal system, however, offers surviving families a way to seek accountability in civil court, but this can be an overwhelming task without legal assistance.

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