People are starting to pay more attention to fatigued driving, which is one of the top causes of trucking accidents. In fact, truck driver fatigue was blamed for the accident that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. The federal government has put strict regulations in place to make sure that truck drivers are receiving enough sleep while traveling. Failure to log these breaks or comply with rest times is illegal and puts everyone at risk on the road.
Richmond Truck Accident Attorney Helping Virginia Truck Crash Victims
Richmond truck accident attorney and personal injury lawyer Corey Pollard is committed to helping individuals and families who have suffered a severe injury or fatality due to an accident involving a semi-truck or tractor-trailer in Virginia.
Compared to cases involving car crashes and bicycle accidents, tractor-trailer accident cases are more complex because of the additional laws and regulations that apply to the operation of commercial vehicles and the number of parties who may be at fault. For example, the driver, the driver’s employer, the truck’s owner, the trailer’s owner, and the company that maintained or packed the trailer may be at fault for your injuries.
Richmond trucking accident lawyer Corey Pollard knows what it takes to win these case. He is knowledgeable of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that apply to truck companies and he has the ability to handle your truck accident case anywhere in Virginia. To learn more about your rights following a tractor-trailer accident and the compensation you may be entitled to, call, text, or e-mail us today for a free consultation.
What are Common Causes of Commercial Trucking Crashes?
We rely on commercial trucks to transport goods across the state and country. Trucks carry just about every product and good that you can think of, which is why the U.S. trucking and logistics industry is a trillion dollar business.
Many factors can result in a trucking accident. But regardless of their cause most tractor-trailer accidents have a similar outcome – large amount of property damage and serious personal injuries that can even result in death. This is because of the truck’s size, weight, and, more often than not, speed.
Commercial truck drivers and their employers are required to follow federal safety regulations. When these regulations are ignored, truck accidents are more likely to happen.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCSS) that examined the reasons for serious crashes involving trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds.
Of the study sample, 77 percent of the truck accidents involved tractors pulling a single semi-trailer, 5 percent involved trucks carrying hazardous materials, and 73 percent involved a large truck colliding with at least one other motor vehicle. The overwhelming majority of truck crashes were due to driver negligence.
In our experience common causes of trucking accidents include
- Inadequate training on proper driving technique, safety, and defensive driving measures.
- A compensation system that awards driving faster and longer than would normally be safe or smart
- Unrealistic expectations and unwise scheduling by trucking companies that encourages drivers to take risks to avoid discipline or falling behind schedule.
- Driver fatigue.
- Defective equipment, including worn tires and brakes. Each truck company is responsible for maintaining their tractors and trailers.
- Improperly secured cargo loads.
- Vehicle rollovers and jackknifing.
- Improper braking
- Prescription drug use.
- Running out of the travel lane and into either another lane or off the road
- Loads that exceed the truck’s maximum weight bearing capacity.
- Unsafe passing.
- Changing lanes abruptly.
- Following too closely.
- Pulling into traffic.
- Drinking alcohol
Inclement weather, poor lighting, and other conditions may contribute to trucking accidents.
Injuries Caused by Trucking Collisions in Virginia
When a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck collide, there are often disastrous consequences. Serious personal injuries and fatalities are common in Virginia truck accidents. And because of the size difference, the victims are usually those riding in the passenger vehicle. Many of these truck accident victims can seek compensation with our law firm’s help.
According to a report by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 2014 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts, there were 4,883 commercial vehicle crashes on roads and highways in Virginia in 2014. And data from the NHTSA shows that there were 91 fatalities involving a large truck in Virginia in 2016. Many of these fatalities happened in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Augusta County, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and Franklin County.
As an attorney who represents motorists, passengers, and tractor-trailer drivers, I’ve seen firsthand how a trucking accident can change someone’s life, and the lives of his or her family members, forever. Many of our clients have suffered the following types of injuries because of a truck collision:
- Abdominal injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Joint injuries (Knee, Shoulder, Hip, and Wrist)
- Neck injuries
When you hire our law firm to represent you in a Virginia trucking accident case, we will help you receive medical treatment for your injuries. That is the priority: to regain your health. Once you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, we’ll put a value on your case and work on obtaining a successful resolution – either through negotiation and settlement or through trial.
Is it Difficult to Win a Case Involving a Semi-Truck Accident?
Insurance carriers know that trucking accidents can lead to hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars in damages. So as soon as they find out about a semi-truck accident in Virginia, they begin their investigation and try to find anything they can that will help them defend your case.
Insurance company accident investigators will go to the scene of the accident and take photographs and video of the vehicles involved in the crash and the road and weather conditions. They may also get statements from witnesses at the collision scene. These accident investigators have one goal: to help the insurance company defend your case.
That’s one reason why it’s so important to contact a Richmond truck accident attorney for help with your Virginia semi-truck crash case. We can help you fight back against aggressive insurance companies.
We Use State and Federal Laws to Prove Negligence in Your Truck Accident Case
You must prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries to recover compensation in your trucking accident claim. Negligence is a subjective standard that may differ from one person to another. Typically negligence in Virginia is defined as the failure to use the ordinary care that a reasonable person would have used under the circumstances of your case.
As your truck crash attorney we use the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) rules and regulations to prove that the other party was negligent. The FMCSA is the agency that regulates the trucking industry and freight industry.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) contain provisions that allow us to pursue trucking accident cases based on:
- Insurance requirements for trucks
- Weight restrictions
- Loading procedures
- Methods used to secure cargo loads
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Hours in service
- Vehicle maintenance
- Vehicle marking
- Qualifications of drivers
- Vehicle inspection and repair
If the driver, tractor owner, driver’s employer, trailer owner, or company that assisted in loading the trailer violated the FMCSR regulations, you have an increased likelihood of recovering fair compensation for your truck accident injuries.
How Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer Corey Pollard Can Help You
If you have been hurt or lost a family member in a truck accident, you cannot count on the insurance company to do what is right. The commercial truck insurer is looking out for itself, not you or your family. You need a Virginia truck crash attorney who has the resources, experience, and skill necessary to litigate your case against the trucking company and its insurer.
Trucking accident lawyer Corey Pollard can handle your personal injury or wrongful death claim arising out of a semi-truck crash. We know the law and understand the medicine that will apply to your commercial truck case, and we use this knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve in state or federal court.
Commercial truck accident cases must be investigated and developed right away. As your trucking accident law firm, we will get started immediately to obtain and develop the evidence necessary to prove that the trucking company was responsible for your injuries. We’ll also work medical experts, accident investigators and reconstructionists, and vocational rehabilitation providers to build your case. Our investigation may include:
- Interviewing witnesses and taking sworn statements
- Deposing potential parties
- Requesting police and other investigative reports regarding the accident
- Obtaining and reviewing camera footage
- Obtaining and analyzing data from black box recorded on the truck
- Studying traffic control devices to determine how the accident happened
Our investigation of your semi-truck accident may determine that multiple parties are responsible for your crash. As such, we may file a lawsuit against several parties, including:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s employer
- The truck owner
- The leasing company that coordinated the passage
- The owner of the trailer
- The truck manufacturer
- Any company that serviced or maintained the tractor or trailer
- The tire manufacturer
Our goal in every Virginia truck case is to get you every dollar possible so that you can move forward with your life. You may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Emergency room and hospital bills
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity to due injuries sustained in the truck accident
- Rehabilitative care
- Permanent disability
- And much more
If you lost a loved one in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of financial support and loss of consortium.
It may take weeks or months to determine the total costs of being injured in a truck accident. As your truck accident lawyer, we want to make sure you receive fair and full compensation so that you can have a good quality of life. We’ve helped truck accident victims obtain recoveries that have changed their lives for the better. And we are confident that we can do the same for you.
Call Our Truck Accident Attorney Today to Get Started Toward Your Full Financial Recovery
If you have been injured in a Virginia trucking accident, call Corey Pollard to learn more about your legal options. We want you to focus on your physical recovery so that you do not have to stress or worry about how you will pay your medical bills or provide for your family.
If you are unable to travel to us, Richmond truck accident lawyer Corey Pollard will travel to you – no matter where you’re located in Virginia. And we never charge an attorney fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
For more information on what to do after a semi-truck accident in Virginia, call us today. We represent truck accident victims in personal injury, Virginia Workers Compensation, and Social Security Disability matters.