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When Oversized Loads Cause Trucking Wrecks With Injuries

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When Oversized Loads Cause Trucking Wrecks With Injuries

When oversized trucks are on the highway there are specific rules that must be followed to avoid disaster. When things go wrong with an oversized load, they can go badly wrong.

Last year, an Amtrak train derailed in an accident that injured 55 passengers when it hit an oversized load on a grade crossing. A failure to follow proper procedures may have led to the wreck, according to a news report from Associated Press.

The report said the truck was more than three times bigger than a standard 18-wheeler and its driver experienced problems making a left-hand turn across the tracks.

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One witness report said its driver had been trying to make the turn for around eight minutes before it was struck.

The load had an escort from highway patrol but nobody alerted Amtrak to say the truck was stuck on the tracks. According to reports, the truck was pulling an electrical distribution facility on a 164-foot long trailer. In such cases, a special permit is needed to allow a truck to exceed length and weight limits.

Special rules for heavy loads are outlined by the Federal Highway Administration.

When trucking companies fail to follow them they can be hit with massive lawsuits. In a recent case, a jury in Indiana awarded almost $13 million in a wrongful death lawsuit to a man  whose wife was killed in a wreck involving a truck carrying a wind turbine.

The woman and two other women were on U.S. 20 when their car was struck by a giant wind tower component, which was being transported on a tractor-trailer. The impact made the car spin around where it was hit by a pick-up that was escorting the load.

This crash killed the three women at the scene. The jury heard a component of the wind turbine had been sticking out as the load was being transported. The turbine was being transported at night contrary in contravention of the law and the trucking company fabricated the size of the load in documentation to beat the curfew.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an oversized load, often the trucking company will have flouted a rule. We represent many families in Virginia who have been involved in accidents with big trucks every year. See our page about trucking accidents in Virginia or call us at (757) 455-0077.

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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 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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