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Fiery Wreck on I-81 Claims Life of Trucker

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Fiery Wreck on I-81 Claims Life of Trucker

Interstate 81 is one of Virginia’s busiest trucking routes. It’s also the scene of some horrendous accidents involving tractor-trailers. A wreck on I-81 over the weekend claimed the life of a trucker after it caused a fiery wreck.

The pictures from this scene were terrifying. A fuel truck overturned around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday near  mile marker 114 near Christiansburg. There were three explosions and homes nearby shook.

Tragically, the driver Jeffery Pritchard, 62, of Pulaski, was killed in the fiery wreck. Other drivers had a lucky escape from the inferno.

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The cause of this wreck is unclear although the news station WDBJ 7 reported the comments of witnesses who heard a tire blow.

The tractor-trailer was hauling diesel fuel on the interstate and was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The interstate was closed down for as long as three hours while the crash was cleaned up.

My thoughts are with the family of the trucker who died in this horrific wreck.

Every year we see serious wrecks on I-81 that involve big rigs. In 2014, two people were killed in related wrecks on I-81 in western Virginia.

In some cases, these wrecks are caused by tired and reckless truckers. This interstate is a key north-to-south route for big rigs. Often truckers drive long hours. When you are behind the wheel of a big rig, one small mistake can be deadly.

Some trucks suffer from niggling maintenance issues. It’s not clear if a tire failed in this case but the failure to maintain a big rig can be the fault of a trucking company. The families of those who lose their lives in a wreck caused by a badly-maintained or defective tire may have grounds to sue a trucking company or even a tire manufacturer.

Truck drivers are subjected to numerous federal regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The hours of service regulations, for example, are meant to prevent wrecks linked to fatigue. Many trucking companies fail to abide by them and there are ongoing questions about their adequacy. If you have been injured in a trucking wreck or lost a loved one, do not hesitate to contact our Virginia trucking wreck injury team at (757) 455-0077. We represent victims of trucking crashes across Virginia.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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