By John Cooper, Chesapeake Trucking Accident Lawyer
Tractor trailers may not flip over often but when they do it can pose a nightmare for other road users. Last week a trucker was injured on the exit ramp to eastbound Military Highway in Chesapeake at I-664 SB.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. M. Anaya said a 2007 Freightliner tractor, hauling a refrigerated trailer loaded with printer toner for LML Express, lost control and flipped over on the exit ramp at eastbound Military Highway, shortly after 7 a.m. last Friday.
The accident blocked the exit ramp for several hours. The scene was cleared shortly after 10 a.m.
A 55-year-old driver was later charged with failure to maintain control, according to news reports. He was transported to Norfolk General with non-life threatening injuries.
Fortunately, this accident did not injure any other road users. When tractor-trailers overturn, the consequences can be serious. If you are hurt or you lose a loved one in these circumstances, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the driver, a trucking company or a company that loaded the truck.
I discuss improperly loaded trucks in The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. It’s amazing how many trucks fail to comply with the legal requirements. The maximum weight for a fully loaded tractor-trailer under federal law is 80,000 pounds. Research by the University of Michigan found a truck that’s loaded to capacity is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal tractor trailer accident, than a truck weighing 50,000 pounds or less.
If a load is not properly secured, it can cause a tractor-trailer to overturn. It can also lead to debris falling onto the road, posing a potential danger for other drivers. Our Virginia trucking accident lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against a truck driver, a trucking company or another liable individual. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.