Norfolk, VA (May 13, 2022) – A commercial truck collision on westbound Interstate 264 on Friday evening, May 13, injured at least one person, according to authorities.
Around 5:30 p.m., Virginia State Police troopers and Norfolk Police Department officers reported the incident, which took place on the right side of the road and allegedly involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle. The accident happened near Exit 9, near Waterside Drive, and the area was shut down for roughly half an hour after the original collision.
Medics and firefighting units were also sent to the area to assess the hurt victims, however, the overall number of injured persons was not disclosed.
At this point, police are still looking into what caused the crash.
Our hearts go out to the people who were hurt in this incident. We wish them a complete recovery.
Accidents Involving Commercial Semi-Trucks in Virginia
The United States Department of Transportation releases annual data, with the latest figures showing that around 125,000 individuals are injured in semi-truck accidents that take place each year across the country. Furthermore, almost 4,200 people were killed in these vehicle accidents in 2017 alone, representing a roughly 55% increase from 2009.
These truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- Drowsy driving: Truck drivers who get behind the wheel while sleepy are responsible for a significant number of these accidents. Despite the fact that federal regulations and standards are in place to prevent this, compliance issues among certain corporations and their drivers continue.
- Severe weather and inclement conditions: Truckers are significantly more prone to lose control of their vehicles in bad weather, especially in snow, rain, and fog.
- Failure of equipment or incorrect cargo loading: Poor cargo weight distribution can cause a truck’s center of gravity to shift, causing it to roll or tip over.
Unfortunately, semi-trucks frequently cause severe crashes due to their immense size and weight. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken or shattered bones, back and neck injuries, head trauma, whiplash, and more may occur as a result of these accidents. What’s more, hospital expenses following a semi-truck accident can be astronomically expensive for victims and their families, ranging from painful, costly emergency surgeries to months or years of long-term medical care and physical therapy.
Fortunately, Attorney Ron Kramer II of Virginia Beach Injury Law has a number of years of experience putting together successful injury accident cases. Our legal team will go to every length to ensure that victims and their families receive the justice they deserve following an avoidable truck accident.
Please contact a truck accident attorney in Norfolk as soon as possible to learn more about the legal alternatives available to you during this time. You may discover that you’re entitled to monetary compensation after speaking with a qualified, experienced lawyer. A full, fair settlement can cover a myriad of damages, such as lost income, medical costs, and other expenditures incurred as a result of your crash.
After you’ve been injured in a tractor-trailer accident that was caused by no fault of your own, don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Call (757) 802-4662 to schedule a free consultation with our Norfolk personal injury firm.
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