Virginia highways often feature large semi-trucks tasked with hauling goods and other supplies all over the country. While these trucks are essential from a commerce perspective, they can also be quite intimidating to share the road with. This has much to do with the anatomy of a semi-truck, which is quite different than that of your average passenger vehicle. Popular Mechanics offers a few surprising facts about semis and how they function.
When truck accidents occur in Manassas, the first question that many may ask is who should be held liable: the truck driver or the truck company that employs? On the surface, it may seem that since the truck driver's actions directly contributed to a truck accident, they are the only one that can be held responsible. At the same time, an argument may be made that without the need to fulfill the obligations of their job, the trucker would never have been in a position to cause the accident in the first place.
Everyone has deadlines that they have to meet in their lives, and often those deadlines can be a source of stress. Many of yours may arise from your work, and the thought that your employment status could depend on meeting them may prompt you to hurry through tasks in order to get projects submitted. Imagine if your work involved driving along Manassas' roads. Once you have envisioned this, it may be easier to understand why professional drivers (including truck drivers) may be apt to speed.
The speed limit is 70, there are only two lanes on the Virginia interstate, and the majority of vehicles on the road have 18 wheels. Driving alongside semi-trucks can be nerve-wracking, especially when the weather makes things hard to see. Esurance outlines the two keys to navigating around these large trucks safely: awareness and patience.
If you have been involved in a collision with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer in Manassas, then you do not need to be told about the destructive potential such vehicles possess. Like many of those that we here at Locklin & Coleman PLLC have worked with in the past that have been in similar accidents, you now likely face a mountain of expenses due to injuries that you and/or your family sustained, as well as the damage done to your own vehicle. Who is going to help you cover those costs?
Most drivers have seen the warning signs hanging over parkways and interstates; in fact, it is hard to avoid them. No matter the state, these signs urge drivers against operating vehicles while drowsy. With all of the warnings aside, is driving tired really as dangerous as, for instance, driving while drunk? Despite the driving habits of countless working Virginians, some experts are afraid so. However, this issue requires a bigger solution than simply getting more rest.