July 1, 2013
A 63-year-old Virginia man died as the result of a Norfolk Car Accident he was involved in with a tractor-trailer earlier this month. Reports indicate the crash occurred just before noon on Friday, June 14, along the eastbound lanes of I-64, near the Norview Avenue exit.
According to an article published by The Virginian-Pilot, the victim was driving a 1988 Isuzu along the highway when he failed to realize the 2003 International tractor-trailer that was in front of him was slowing. The Isuzu’s driver did not have time to stop and struck the rear end of the truck.
The accident supports the findings of a new study, in which researchers found that under ride guards on tractor-trailers may not do enough to protect victims of accidents with the big rigs. The research found that the current standards for the piece of equipment fail to prevent a vehicle from going under the trailer of a truck in the event of an accident where the vehicles collide off-center.
Officials are using the study’s findings to push for more sturdy equipment on commercial tractor-trailers.
The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are aware of the risks that are posed by an accident involving a tractor-trailer. The firm urges anyone who has been hurt in such a collision to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.