When we think of trucking accidents, we often think of tractor trailers, the behemoths of the road. However, while tractor trailers can cause devastating accidents, if you are involved in an accident with a truck it may often be with a box truck. These vehicles can also be deadly and you are more likely to be in an accident with one on an urban road than a big rig, unless you are on a busy tractor trailer transportation route such as Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk . Last year we represented the family of a van driver who was killed in an accident involving a box truck in Hampton Roads. All cases are different and we cannot guarantee the same result but this family was awarded $1.5 million.
These trucks typically weigh between 12,000 and 33,000 pounds, so they are light for commercial vehicles but they are over 10,000 pounds which puts them under federal regulations
In this video I join forces with my legal assistant Stephanie Adams to describe the five reasons why box trucks are dangerous.
1 – They Are Common on Urban Roads
Box trucks are everywhere. They are used for deliveries so you are more likely to find them within urban and suburban roads.
2 – They May be Driven by Inexperienced Drivers
You can hire a fairly large box truck from U-Haul or Penske without holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), which means a very inexperienced driver can be at the wheel of a big truck. When people are moving they often have to cope with multiple distractions and stresses.
3 – They are High Sided
Depending on how they are loaded, box trucks may tip over. They can cause accidents if they are driven too fast around a curve.
4 – They have blind spots
Box trucks have blind spots behind them and to their sides and they may often have inadequate mirrors. You should always allow them space and don’t drive in blind spots.
5 – They Are used By Delivery Drivers
Delivery drivers are often on a time crunch and time can be your enemy. This means box trucks often speed or the drivers weave in and out of lanes, to make their delivery on time, causing dangers for other road users.
We hope this video has alerted you to the dangers of box trucks in Hampton Roads and elsewhere. It is a terrifying thought to imagine a vehicle that can be almost the size of a tractor-trailer, but may not be driven by a driver holding a CDL. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a box truck please see medical help immediately and then call the experienced attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 757-455-0077. Also see our Virginia trucking accident FAQs.