A fully-loaded 18-wheeler, weighing 80,000 lbs or more, can cause severe and often fatal accident injuries to passengers in cars and other smaller vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,964 people were killed in traffic crashes involving large trucks in the most recent year for which statistics are available. Only 691 of the people killed were large truck occupants, while 2,824 fatalities were occupants of other vehicles.
After you have been involved in any motor vehicle accident, it will benefit you to work with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer. The lawyer will work hard to pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your losses.
For many reasons, it is especially important to seek help from a lawyer after you or a loved one is involved in a crash involving a large commercial truck. Those reasons include:
Because of our experience with handling truck accident cases for victims and their families throughout Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, Kendall Law Firm is well-positioned to provide the legal help you need during this difficult time.
When you contact us, our legal team can get to work on your truck accident case immediately and provide the skilled, creative and aggressive legal representation that these cases demand.
Remember: We will work with you on a contingency fee basis. We will charge no costs or attorney fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
Collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles can be the fault of either driver. However, when truck drivers or large truck vehicle failures cause accidents, it is the passenger vehicle occupants who are likely to suffer serious injuries or death.
In a study published by the American Trucking Associations in February 2013, researchers determined that the following truck driver errors contributed to truck-car crashes:
The study also found certain truck driver, vehicle, and environmental factors associated with these car-truck collisions, including:
In the most recent year for which these statistics are available, NHTSA reports that 104,000 people were injured in traffic crashes involving large trucks. Among the injured people, 76,000 were occupants of vehicles other than the large trucks. Passenger vehicle occupants can suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries in collisions with these large and heavy vehicles. Injuries they are likely to sustain include:
If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial truck, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced Charlottesville truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact our firm and we will tell you, free of charge, if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim. Please remember to take pictures of your accident and injuries with your smartphone. It helps to document as much as possible at the time of your accident. Those photos can be very helpful later on.
At the Kendall Law Firm, we help people who have been injured in collisions with large commercial trucks, also known as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers or big rigs. Truck accidents are often complex cases, involving several potentially liable parties and federal regulations governing the trucking industry. Our Virginia truck accident attorney has the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively represent the rights and interests of our clients. We will stand up to large companies and their teams of defense lawyers.