Do I Have a Valid Truck Accident Case?

As Virginia’s roads grow more and more crowded, truck accidents are happening more often. Given the weight and size of these massive commercial vehicles, their involvement in an accident can mean devastating or even fatal consequences for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. Sadly, due to the competitive spirit of the trucking industry, many truck drivers are under an enormous amount of pressure to make their deliveries as quickly as possible. This leads to drivers getting behind the wheel without taking a proper rest break, driving dangerously, or taking drugs that help them stay awake. If you were recently involved in a truck accident and are trying to figure out if you have a valid case, it is important to contact an experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp right away. We will listen to your side of the story, review the circumstances and facts of the accident, and determine whether or not you have a valid case. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 

Did You Sustain Injuries That Require Medical Treatment?

The most important step for you to take after a serious truck accident is seeking immediate medical care. If you choose to forego medical attention, no matter what your reasons, it is unlikely you will be able to prove that your injuries occurred in the accident. Regardless of how mild your injuries may seem at the time, you should always receive a complete physical assessment either by going to the emergency room or making an appointment with your family physician. This will not only ensure that you do not have any internal injuries that cannot be visually diagnosed but it will also create an official paper trail that connects your injuries directly to the collision.

Make sure you follow your doctor’s treatment plan to the letter and ask for proof that you attended every single appointment. Your Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers can use these to build a strong truck accident case. 

Was the Truck Driver at Fault for the Accident?

Most accident victims tend to have a general idea about how the accident happened and who is to blame. If you feel that the truck driver was 100% at fault for the crash, then you may have a valid case. Virginia follows the rule of pure contributory negligence, so if you suspect that you may have contributed to the accident, do not admit fault at the scene and reach out to a qualified Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer right away. You don’t have all the details, and it may be the case that, once your lawyer conducts an investigation, you find out that you didn’t contribute to the accident at all. 

Did You Incur Major Damages?

For your truck accident case to be successful, you will also have to prove that it caused you to incur damages. Some common damages in Virginia truck accident cases are medical bills, lost wages, vehicle replacement or repair expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, diminished quality of life, and others. You should keep track of the damages you experienced due to the accident, including receipts and a personal journal about how each has impacted you, and your lawyer can include them in your total damages. 

Do You Have Evidence Related to the Crash?

No matter how serious your truck accident was or how heavy your damages were, you have to be able to substantiate each claim for which you are requesting compensation. This can include a police accident report, logbook entries, videos, pictures, medical records, prescriptions, and other official documents. Even the most unassuming piece of information could end up being critical to your truck accident case.  

Talk to a Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyer

Partnering with a skilled lawyer is essential to receiving the financial compensation you are entitled to after a truck accident. The Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp have been handling complex truck accident cases since 1985 and are prepared to fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your damages like we did when we secured a.$2.4 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a client who was killed by a negligent truck driver. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys, call (833) 997-1774 or fill out our easy contact form. Our offices are located in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Hampton.