Underride: New Study Shows Guards Are Not Enough

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that trucks and tractor trailers are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Their sheer size and weight creates the potential for death or serious injury during almost any accident. However, proper safety equipment can improve a driver’s chances in the event of a tractor trailer accident.

One of the most important pieces of safety equipment on a tractor trailer is the underride guard, a bracing piece of metal that projects down from the back of the trailer. Many tractor trailer accidents are caused by differences in braking times when a driver overestimates the stopping time of a truck and rear-ends the larger vehicle. In the absence…

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Cargo Securement on Commercial Vehicles

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Commercial trucks and buses are usually the biggest vehicles on the roads, and are a common cause of vehicle crashes. In 2012, nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.[1]  Because these large vehicles can be such a safety hazard, it is important that all commercial vehicles comply with all specified safety requirements. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is working towards safer conditions for all drivers by regulating safety hazards common to large, commercial vehicles. [2]  Each year, the CVSA conducts an International Roadcheck, targeting a specific safety issue for large trucks.[3]  2015 marked the CVSA’s 28th annual International…

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Follow Up: Tracey Morgan and Wal-Mart

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

National media has covered the developments following the car crash that injured actor/comedian Tracey Morgan, including suits filed by the victims against Wal-Mart. Following the crash, both Morgan and the family of James McNair, the man killed in the crash, filed suits against Wal-Mart. They charged the company with negligence for failing to monitor and correct the amount of time its truck drivers are on the road. The sides settled in May, with Wal-Mart taking responsibility for the accident and expressing regret that it happened. Originally, Morgan was seeking punitive damages in addition to compensation for his injuries, putting the awareness of the risks of…

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Tips for Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents are dangerous, and those involving tractor trailers often result in serious injury or death. These behemoths of the road so vastly outweigh standard passenger cars that more than 3 in 4 deaths caused by tractor trailer accidents were riders in the other vehicle. Recognizing the dangers posed by tractor trailers and knowing how to respond accordingly is an absolute necessity for any driver, and the first step is understanding the conditions that cause tractor trailer accidents:[1]

Fatigue – Truck drivers are often on the road for long hours, and drivers of passenger vehicles also have an unfortunate tendency to push their limits. Fatigued… Read more

Early Investigation Is Key After a Tractor Trailer Accident

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

It is important to begin an investigation as quickly as possible following a tractor trailer accident. Typically accidents involving tractor trailers cause significant damage due to how large and heavy these trucks can be. Because of this, insurance companies will often dispatch an investigator immediately to the scene of the accident in order to secure evidence and complete a thorough investigation. It then becomes critical for an investigation to be completed on behalf of the injured party as early as possible.

In this short video, Chris Guedri stresses the importance of early investigation after a tractor trailer accident and explains several ways it…

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Chris Guedri Answers Your Questions about Truck Accidents

With over thirty years of experience as a Richmond truck accident lawyer, P. Christopher Guedri has successfully helped his clients deal with the devastating consequences of their accidents. He has an in depth understanding of the complexity and high stakes involved with trucking accidents. Additionally, he is a seasoned veteran of the courtroom, where he has won multimillion-dollar verdicts for trucking accident victims.

If you have been injured in a truck or tractor trailer accident, Chris Guedri has the experience and legal knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve. The following is a series of videos and articles by Chris Guedri that may help answer some of your questions about truck accidents:

VIDEO: An Experienced…

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Why are Attorneys Important if you are Involved in a Tractor Trailer Accident?

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Accidents involving tractor trailers or other commercial vehicles often result in serious injury or death. In these situations, getting the money you and your family deserve can be especially important to the recovery process. Unfortunately, when commercial drivers and their insurance companies are involved, getting the restitution you deserve can be a complicated and confusing process. This is why hiring an attorney is especially important if you or your family have been injured in a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle accident that was not your fault.

Why are these kinds of accidents so complex? The truck driver and his company have an overwhelming advantage when it comes to resolving personal…

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Why Prompt Investigation is Key in a Tractor Trailer or Commercial Truck Accident

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Tractor trailer or commercial truck accidents often lead to very serious injuries or even death. Typically the stakes are very high, both for the plaintiff and the defendant when the accident leads to a personal injury case. If you have been involved in a tractor trailer or commercial truck accident, you should avoid giving statements to anyone regarding the incident before you speak to an attorney. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible following the accident because prompt investigation following a tractor trailer or commercial truck accident can often mean the difference between winning and losing your case.

If you do contact an attorney regarding your involvement in a tractor…

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VIDEO: An Experienced Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Can Make the Difference for Your Case

In the video below, Allen & Allen personal injury attorney Christopher Guedri shares his experience with handling tractor trailer and truck accident cases. A tractor trailer accident can be one of the most horrific accidents on the road, and they often leave catastrophic damages and injuries. The fatality rate from an accident involving a tractor trailer is higher than any regular automobile accident; they are responsible for around 100 fatalities and over 1,300 injuries annually in Virginia. Nationwide, 1 out of every 9 fatal accidents on the road involves a tractor trailer.

The victims of a truck accident might be confused about what legal steps they should take. Finding an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney can help…

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