But the truth is, many fatal semi accidents in Virginia occur when a truck is going 45 mph or less.
Intersection accidents are a major contributor to the over 100 annual deaths caused by tractor-trailers in Virginia. Many of these are "left accidents," which cause injury and even death as a tractor-trailer attempts to make a left-hand turn on a city street.
So how can a simple left turn can cause a deadly semi crash?
- Cross traffic. When a truck turns left, it must cross the oncoming lanes of traffic, a bike lane and a crosswalk-any one of which can result in casualties if the driver isn't paying attention.
- Visibility. The left side of a semi has an extended blind spot. If a car has inched into the lane next to a turning semi, the truck driver may not see him in time to avoid a collision.
- Wide berth. Trucks usually need more space to maneuver than other vehicles, and this is especially true during turns. If a truck doesn't have enough room to complete a turn, he may go over a curb or into the opposite traffic lane (and sometimes into a pedestrian or driver).
If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi accident, call Shevlin Smith today at (703) 591-0067 to get help from an experienced Fairfax truck accident attorney.