This week, we covered a tragic story: a motorcycle rider was traveling north on Interstate 95 outside of Fairfax when he lost control of his bike and was struck by an oncoming commercial truck. The man, 68-year-old Timothy Halpin, of Dumfries, was killed in the truck and motorcycle collision, while the trucker fled from the scene of the accident.
Unfortunately, collisions between motorcycles and trucks are too common in Virginia—and the tractor-trailer always wins. While traffic accidents that involve commercial tractor-trailers are significantly more deadly than those that don’t, traffic accidents between motorbikes and big-rigs are even more likely to involve loss of life. The reason is obvious: trucks are big, heavy, and powerful, while motorcycles are small, lightweight, and offer few protections to riders.
How commercial truck and motorcycle collisions happen
There are hundreds of reasons that a crash can take place between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer. However, there are some reasons that are more common than others. Here are just a few:
- The trucker doesn’t see the biker. Truck drivers are high up and have several large blind spots. Bikers are on narrow, small vehicles that easily disappear in these blind spots. In some cases, a trucker won’t even realize that he or she hit a biker.
- The truck isn’t able to stop for a bike. Trucks that weigh tons have difficulty stopping quickly or maneuvering around an obstacle. If a trucker doesn’t see a biker until the last moment, there is little chance that he can avoid the collision.
- Rear-end accidents. A speeding biker may not realize that a truck is traveling slowly up a steep incline or that a truck has slowed or stopped for traffic. At the same time, a trucker might not see a biker traveling directly in front of him or may not be able to stop in time if a biker in front of him stops suddenly.
Virginia truck and motorcycle accident attorney
Because truck and motorcycle collisions often involve death or catastrophic injury, the accident victim and their family often face extremely serious and life-changing consequences after a crash, including, but not limited to, high medical bills, permanent disabilities, lost wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck and motorcycle accident, be sure you get what you deserve in the wake of the accident—and be sure that you know exactly who is responsible for the crash.
At Shapiro & Appleton our Virginia truck accident attorneys offer accident victims and their families free case evaluations so that you can understand the legal aspects of the incident and make the best choices moving forward. To schedule your confidential and complimentary appointment, call 800-752-0042 today.