A Virginia truck accident attorney knows that tractor-trailer accidents are one of the deadliest vehicle accidents that happen. Many victims are killed in these crashes and those that do survive are often left with catastrophic injuries. In addition to the physical, emotional, and financial devastation victims and their families suffer, pursuing damages for truck accident injuries is usually complex because there are often multiple parties who may be named at fault in truck accident claims and lawsuits.
Our Virginia truck accident attorneys have been advocating for truck accident victims and their families for decades and know how critical it is to the success of a case to obtain an attorney as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence is crucial in proving fault and far too often, evidence has been known to “disappear” or be altered in truck accident cases.
Truck Accident Causes
In order to be successful in obtaining damages, your Virginia truck accident attorney will need to determine what caused the accident, thereby establishing fault. It is not uncommon for more than one person or entity to be deemed responsible for the crash. Not only can the truck driver be named, but the trucking company who he or she worked for, the freight company that loaded the cargo the truck was transporting, or the manufacturer of the truck and/or truck parts can all be named in a truck accident claim or lawsuit.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents that our personal injury law firm has successfully worked on include:
- Aggressive driving
- Defective parts
- Distracted driving, including texting or other cell phone use
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Overloaded vehicle
- Poorly maintained vehicle
Damages for Truck Accidents
The majority of large trucking companies have attorneys on retainer to handle legal issues that come up. If the company is large enough, they may even have in-house attorneys. This is why you need a skilled truck accident attorney representing you and your interests. Your attorney will begin immediately building the case against those responsible for your injuries, investigating the crash, and ensuring that all evidence – such as the truck driver’s log and maintenance records for the truck – are all preserved.
Each accident attorney at our firm has the skills and qualifications to successfully negotiate a fair settlement, as well as the experience and expertise to litigate the case in court should the trucking company and insurance companies fail to negotiate in good faith.
Contact Our Firm Today
If you or a family member have been injured in a truck accident, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney to discuss what your legal options may be. We understand that no amount of money will ever make up for the losses the accident has caused – whether the accident has caused a permanent disability or loss of life – but we also know that a truck accident claim or lawsuit is often the only legal recourse that victims and their families have for any justice.
At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our legal team has successfully advocated for many truck accident victims and their families, and we understand how complex these cases can be. Our attorneys are available to meet and discuss the details of your case and how we may be able to help.
For more information about truck accidents in Virginia, please download our free guide.
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