Virginia’s Interstate 81 is one of the top eight trucking routes in America. During the 1960s, the highway was built to allow for a 15% ratio of truck traffic. Unfortunately, commercial trucks today take up around 40% of the route’s traffic, with congestion from passenger cars growing just as quickly.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, traffic volume in most areas of the I-81 has tripled since 1975. With only two lanes available in either direction, this narrow and mountainous highway has become increasingly accident-prone over the years. Truck accidents occur with unsettling regularity, and thanks to the steep grades and dense traffic, they are notorious for their severity.
Truck drivers are often under pressure to make a quick delivery, causing them to drive while fatigued and take other unnecessary risks in order to make it to their destination as fast as possible. When stressed truck drivers enter I-81’s often dangerous stretch of road, the potential for devastating truck accidents is even greater.
If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a truck accident on Interstate 81 in Virginia, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced truck accident attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman today for a free case evaluation.