The moments before and during a car accident often feel surreal to the survivors. In one quick moment their reality is changed, glass shatters, their bodies are tossed, and metal crushes upon impact. This may be what it felt like for a Petersburg, Virginia (VA) couple who were driving their SUV one minute and in a tractor trailer accident the next. The details aren’t clear but the SUV became pinned under the tractor trailer. The driver of the SUV was killed and his passenger was trapped under the trailer until rescue units were finally able to free her four hours later.
This type of injury and death is common in tractor trailer accidents because of the vast difference in size and weight between a semi truck and a passenger vehicle, these crashes are much more destructive and devastating than a collision involving two passenger vehicles. Here are some Virginia truck accident statistics. In 2013 there were:
4,623 tractor trailer accidents
1,869 people were injured in truck accidents
95 occupants were killed in truck accidents
When a big rig accident with injuries occurs there are many questions that the victim may have about how to file a personal injury claim. As experienced Virginia (VA) truck accident attorneys we have dealt with these issues for past clients. There are many parts of the law that are the same, but evidence law applying to interstate trucking is vastly more complicated. For example, federal motor carrier safety laws apply to trucking. There are many insurance regulations governing trucking. The law of statutes of limitations usually, not always, is governed by state laws. Please review our practice area (trucking injury) for extensive discussions of car/truck accidents/collisions. Our firm has handled major injury cases involving trucks and tractor trailer crashes.