In a collision between an oversized commercial truck and a standard passenger car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are exposed to the greatest amount of risk. Although oversized trucks account for less than 4% of all registered vehicles in the United States, they play a role in roughly 12% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.
If you were injured in a commercial truck accident in Virginia, you are most likely entitled to collect significant financial compensation. Contact the Virginia truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp and schedule your free case evaluation. We can examine the facts of your accident and guide you down the best path for recovering maximum damages.
Commercial Truck Accidents
A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. At an average speed of 65 miles per hour, the braking distance of that truck is about 600 feet provided that road conditions are good. Tire or brake problems or inclement weather will increase the stopping distance significantly. A truck’s cargo could contain hazardous chemicals or materials, and if the trailer was not properly loaded, the cargo can shift during transport causing the truck operator to lose control of the vehicle. Drivers, frequently paid by the mile, have an enormous financial incentive to cover as much ground as possible by driving long hours and speeding.
Given the excessive number of risk factors posed by commercial trucks, every aspect of the commercial trucking industry is regulated, from truck loading and maintenance to driver hiring and training. Although most truck drivers and their employers operate safely and within the confines of the law, some are happy to put others in danger in order to increase profits. In fact, in 2021, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identified 57,000 violations of which 9,000 were critical, and issued 27,000 letters. and twenty-seven thousand letters.
How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help My Case?
The smartest thing you can do after an accident involving a commercial truck is work with an experienced Virginia truck accident attorney to make sure you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. An experienced attorney will provide multiple advantages, such as:
- Both freight and insurance companies will be extremely motivated to limit their compensation and will begin minimizing their exposure immediately. Working with a qualified commercial truck accident attorney can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process, from the investigation and discovery, all the way through to the verdict or settlement. Your attorney can examine your claim, record your injuries and damages, calculate the total cost of your losses, identify all liable parties and ensure that relevant information is preserved, make sure no deadlines are missed, and if necessary, represent you in court for the purposes of securing just financial compensation for your damages.
- Commercial truck accidents usually have more than one liable party. This means there will be multiple insurance carriers to deal with. A skilled lawyer can investigate all potential sources of insurance coverage to help put you in the best position possible when it comes to obtaining financial compensation.
- Most people assume that truck driver error must be the cause of any accident. It is not uncommon, however, for a freight company’s negligent operational practices to cause or contribute to serious accidents. An experienced commercial truck accident attorney will have a unique insight into commercial safety regulations and be able to identify any equipment or maintenance problems, cargo irregularities, and other issues by reviewing maintenance logs, training logs, driving logs, and event data recorders.
Contact Us Today
If an accident involving a commercial truck left you seriously injured, contact the Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp. We have been achieving successful truck accident case results since 1985. To speak with one of our reputable Virginia commercial truck accident attorneys, call (833) 997-1774 and schedule your free consultation.