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11-Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Interstate 95 in Spotslyvania

Recently there was a truck accident in Spotsylvania County that caused an 11-car accident and caused interstate 95 to be shut down for hours.  The driver was driving a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer when he came upon heavy traffic in the northbound lane. He struck ten cars and at least eight people were injured.  According to news reports Interstate 95 was shut down near mile marker 120 for several hours while crews cleaned the road.  Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries that were reported in this accident. However, these accidents often result in serious injuries to both the vehicles and the occupants.

Tractor-trailers pose a threat to other drivers on the road because of their size and weight. Tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles sit much higher on the road and when you take into account their weight you have the perfect recipe for traumatic forces. When a tractor-trailer hits a passenger vehicle it is very common for the car to become lodged under the front of the tractor, which can cause crushing injuries to the occupants.

Reckless Driving and Truck Drivers

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According to the news reports, the truck driver from Hagerstown Maryland was charged with reckless driving.  There certainly are a lot of questions that are floating around about this accident. Did he see the cars? Why didn’t he slow down? Was he trying to injure people or was he just merely not paying attention?

Under the Maryland Transportation Code Section 21-901.1, a person is guilty of reckless driving if he drives a motor vehicle:

  1. In wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
  2. In a manner that indicates a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.

While there is no word on whether or not the driver was convicted of reckless driving it raises many questions about what could have happened.

Distracted and Overworked Truck Drivers

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It is a growing problem and trend in the United States for drivers to be on their phones while they are driving. It seems that for the most part, we are unable to disconnect from our mobile devices and the internet. While most states have enacted legislation, laws, and regulations to deter and to punish those who drive while using their hand-held devices this has not caused a dramatic decrease in the number of accidents caused by texting drivers. When you take into account how large a fully loaded tractor-trailer is then any accident involving a tractor-trailer is likely to cause serious injuries.  In fact, texting and driving make a crash up to twenty-three times more likely.  According to findings by Distraction.gov In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Another possible reason that this crash could have occurred is because of truck driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA sets regulations that establish hours of service limits. However, while these laws have a good intention they are construed rather liberally. Even more concerning is that while there are a direct correlation and laws that specifically require commercial drivers to keep a logbook, often drivers do not abide by these rules and regulations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMSCA) compiles data on the leading causes of truck accidents. So in addition to the reasons noted above any one of the following or a combination of the following could have lead to this 11 car pileup.

  • Prescription drug use
  • Speeding
  • Unfamiliarity with roads
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate supervision or oversight
  • Driver fatigue
  • Illegal maneuvering
  • Exterior distraction
  • Inadequate evasive action
  • Aggressive driving

INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT? CALL A TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER YOU CAN TRUST

If you have been injured in a serious trucking accident, the truck accident lawyers of Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. If a loved one was wrongfully killed due to trucking safety violations or other problems we may also be able to fight for your family. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215)-709-6940 today.

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