Although Virginia winters are certainly not as harsh as other parts of the country, there are winter days where the state sees a fair amount of snow. When the white stuff starts to fall, the snowplow trucks descend on Virginia roads. And just like any type of truck accident, those involving snowplow trucks can be catastrophic due to the size of theses trucks, which can weigh up to 50,000 pounds. Many of these crashes result in fatalities.
Driving a vehicle in snow can be difficult, so one can only imagine how difficult it can be for snowplow drivers to operate their trucks. Trying to maneuver a massive truck through ice and snow-covered roads take specific skill and alertness. Drivers are also often required to work long hours during snowstorms. One of the dangers for snowplow drivers is driver fatigue, whether the driver works for a private company or for the state of municipality. Another concern is drivers who are distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
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Another dangerous hazard is trucks that are not being properly inspected and maintained. A poorly maintained snowplow truck can breakdown, causing accidents and injuries for the driver, other motorists, or pedestrians.
Other common causes of snowplow accidents include inadequate driver training, road hazards, and low visibility during storms. When a victim is injured in a snowplow accident, it is important to determine who is liable for the crash in order for the victim to pursue damages against that party or parties. This party could include:
- The snowplow driver
- The company who owns the snowplow truck
- The government entity (state, city, town, etc.) that manages the snowplow program
- The company who is in charge of maintaining and repairing the truck
- The company that designs or manufactured the truck
A Virginia truck accident attorney can help the victim or their family determine which party is the one who is liable for the crash and the resulting injuries and losses.
Just as with any type of personal injury case, there are certain damages that victims can pursue in a snowplow accident lawsuit. Some of the more common damages include:
- Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses. This also includes ambulance costs, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, therapy, and more.
- Lost wages and benefits from being unable to work while recovering. If a victim is so badly injured they cannot return to work, they may be able to pursue damages for lost future wages and benefits.
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snowplow truck accident or any type of truck accident, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney from Shapiro & Appleton for help. Our Virginia personal injury law firm has more than three decades of experience advocating for injured victims and their families getting them the financial compensation they deserve.