Posts by Michael Phelan
Fatal Truck Crashes Increasing in Hampton Roads Region
A report from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reveals an increase in deadly crashes involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles over the past year – even though overall crash fatalities have decreased. In fact, Hampton Roads in particular saw a staggering 75% increase in fatal truck crashes in 2022 as compared to 2021.…Read More
What Are Speed Limiters – and Why Don’t Trucking Companies Use Them?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to unveil its final proposal on speed limiters and commercial trucks sometime later this year. Currently, speed limiters (which work like they sound – they restrict a vehicle from going above a certain speed) are not required in the United States. However, the FMCSA plans to make this…Read More
Could This New Software Suite Prevent Truck Accidents?
An article in Transport Topics, a freight industry publication, recently caught our attention. The article discussed a new product by tech company Idelic designed to help commercial truck fleets negotiate lower insurance rates. It does this by leveraging its current trucking safety software’s data and using it to produce reports that notify fleet supervisors about…Read More
Multi-Vehicle Accidents Often Have Devasting Consequences
Earlier this month, a multi-car crash involving three vehicles occurred near the A.P. Hill state in Richmond’s Northside. Fortunately, no significant injuries were attributed to the accident, but unfortunately, this is not often the case with multi-vehicle accidents. A multi-car accident (sometimes called a pile-up) is a collision involving several vehicles. Multi-vehicle accidents are particularly…Read More
The Potential for E-Cig Battery Fires and Explosions on Passenger Flights
If you use electronic devices such as electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, smartphones, laptops, or other mobile device, then you most likely use lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are usually the power source for these types of devices. The key to whether any of these devices operate safely is whether the battery overheats. In recent years, there have…Read More
Improperly Loaded Trucks Often Lead to Catastrophic Consequences
Truck accidents are often devastating. Since a semi-truck pulling an empty trailer weighs approximately 35,000 pounds and up to 80,000 pounds when loaded, the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck puts the occupants of smaller vehicles at serious risk for injury in the event of a collision. Commercial truck companies must comply with…Read More
Lithium-Ion Batteries in Micromobility Devices May Cause Life-Threatening Injuries
Heading into cold weather season, fire danger typically increases, sometimes in unexpected ways, including the lithium-ion batteries used to power micromobility devices. Earlier this month, at least 38 people were injured, some of them critically, in a Manhattan, NYC high-rise apartment building fire that started when a lithium-ion battery powering a micromobility device self-combusted. According…Read More
How Injured Passengers Can Seek Damages for Virginia Car Accidents
A passenger injured in an automobile accident will rarely be considered at fault for a collision, even if they caused a distraction, because they were not driving the vehicle when the crash occurred. However, one or both drivers may be held liable, including the operator of a vehicle carrying the passenger. Drivers owe their passengers…Read More
Did You Get a Defective Pressure Cooker?
In this age of speed, maximum efficiency, and a desire for high quality, few kitchen tools are more suited to home cooks than the modern electric pressure cooker. Early pressure cookers from the 1950s featured a single, weighted “jiggler” valve to regulate and release pressure and emitted a rattling noise while steam escaped. Unfortunately, this…Read More
Traveling for the Holidays? Make Sure You Buckle Up
Is Virginia part of a growing trend toward risky driving behaviors like speeding and lack of seat belt usage? The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) says it is. According to the 2021 Virginia Highway Safety Annual Report, men ages 18-34 represent the highest unbuckled population in Virginia. The purpose of VDMV’s November “Click It…Read More