According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 4,000 people are killed each year in truck accidents. The majority of victims who are killed in truck accidents are the occupants in passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Approximately 70 percent of truck accident deaths are occupants in cars.
Unfortunately, the number of truck accident deaths continues to increase each year. There has been an alarming 30 percent increase since 2009. This, despite the decrease in deaths that had been occurring during the decade prior.
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There are many more factors that can cause a trucking accident compared to a passenger vehicle crash. Some of the more common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver error
- Driver negligence
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Equipment failure
- Improper loading of cargo
- Poor weather/road conditions
- Pressure on the driver to ignore mandatory rest requirements
When the cause of a truck accident is deemed to be the fault of the truck driver, trucking company, or some other party associated with the truck, the victims are entitled to pursue damages for the losses they have suffered. If the victim is killed as a result of their injuries, their families can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties.
At Shapiro & Appleton, our firm has represented numerous truck accident victims and their families in our more than three decades of practicing injury law. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards, including the following:
- A $2.4 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a man who was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the victim’s vehicle in an attempt to change lanes. The victim was killed instantly.
- A $1.1 million injury settlement for a high school student who was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer while on his bicycle. The victim spent months recovering from his injuries.
- A $650,000 jury award for a woman whose legs were severely injured when a truck with bald tires lost tread and smashed into her vehicle.
- A $3 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a 25-year-old man who was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The crash set both vehicles on fire, trapping and killing the victim inside the car.
Contact a Virginia Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in any type of truck accident, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have. Truck accident cases can be complex, and it is not uncommon for there to be multiple at-fault parties who are responsible for the payment of financial damages you may be entitled to for your injuries. Our personal injury firm has successfully represented many injured victims and their families and we are happy to meet with you and offer legal guidance on what the best options may be for your circumstances.