Winchester Truck Accident Attorney
At Kendall Law Firm, we help accident victims who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or disregard for safety. Our Winchester truck accident lawyer has the knowledge and resources to stand up to trucking companies and their insurers. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure that you get full compensation to cover your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
If negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, cargo shipper or any other party caused you to suffer severe or catastrophic injuries, call us toll-free at (866) 574-2704, or contact us online today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Winchester personal injury attorney. Our legal team is available to you 24/7, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’ve been hurt in a tractor-trailer accident.
What Compensation Can I Ask For After A Truck Accident?
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Winchester, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and damage to your property. A Virginia truck accident attorney can help you file an injury claim and fight to help you seek fair compensation.
You may be eligible to claim the following types of compensation:
- Economic Damages – These are quantifiable expenses. Examples include accident-related medical bills, medications and lost wages from missing work due to your injuries.
- Non-Economic Damages – Often referred to as “pain and suffering,” these damages are unique to the injured individual or his or her case. Loss of your ability to enjoy activities in life, and consistent loss of opportunities are other examples of non-economic damage.
- Punitive Damages – These damages seek to punish the defendant. Punitive damages may be sought in special cases involving gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing.
The Winchester truck accident lawyer at Kendall Law Firm works to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injury claim.
Most Dangerous Intersections In Winchester
While Winchester is a relatively safe city to drive in, like any city, it has some dangerous intersections. Most of the dangerous intersections are located at exits along highways and intersections that have a high volume of traffic, particularly heavy commercial vehicle traffic.
VA-37 and Amherst Street Exit
Because Amherst Street is one of the main streets taken when going to downtown Winchester from the west, it has high-volume traffic. The Amherst Street exit has a Walmart to the west, which means many Walmart trucks deliver freight each week. Winchester Medical Center is on the east. Customers at the retail store and employees and visitors to the hospital create even more traffic. Most of the crashes reported at the exit are rear-end collisions and turning accidents.
Interstate 81 and Berryville Pike Exit
The Berry Pike Exit (Exit 315) is one of the main exits used when entering Winchester from the east. The west end of the road has residential areas and shopping, and the eastern side has large shopping centers and car dealerships. Berryville Avenue turns into Berryville Pike at the interchange, creating more traffic and commuters merging while traveling to and from work. The majority of accidents at this intersection are rear-end collisions due to heavy traffic. When traffic is congested, it may back up onto the highway, increasing the chance of a high-speed accident.
Interstate 81 and Martinsburg Pike Exit
Another dangerous intersection at the northernmost point in Winchester, the interchange at Interstate 81 and Martinsburg Pike has motorists from both sides of the city merging. The short distance between the stoplights under the interstate makes for an awkward and confusing driving experience, and the Martinsburg Pike median creates a complicated situation for turning.
Millwood Ave. and Pleasant Valley Rd.
This intersection is one of the most high-traffic areas in Winchester. Its sharp angle can reduce visibility for motorists passing through the intersection. Drivers cannot see as far down the road as is typical, making it less safe. Trucks pulling out of the gas station on the corner may cause accidents by making wide turns. Many collisions at this intersection occur right in the middle, most of which are caused by trucks turning.
How Long Do I Wait To Call A Lawyer After A Truck Accident?
If you are severely injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Your health and well-being should be your top priority. If you are not seriously injured or if you are waiting on medical treatment, you should try to document the scene by taking photos and collecting contact information from any witnesses. After you’ve taken these important first steps after the accident, contact an attorney.
Many truck accident victims make the mistake of talking with the trucking company‘s insurer. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Saying the wrong thing to an insurance company before consulting could undermine your accident claim. If the insurer can deny or limit liability on an accident claim, the company will find a way to do so under the policy agreement.
An experienced Virginia truck accident attorney can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Types Of Personal Injury Cases Our Firm Handles
Kendall Law Firm focuses on representing Virginians who have been harmed in accidents.
Because of our extensive experience in personal injury law, we can handle a variety of truck accident claims including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Collisions
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Wrongful Death
With more than 25 years of experience handling these personal injury cases, attorney David B. Kendall has helped many Virginians recover the compensation they needed to overcome serious injuries.
Kendall Law Firm represents accident victims in Winchester, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and communities throughout Central Virginia. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, let the Kendall Law Firm put its vast experience, knowledge, and skills to work for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Winchester Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you suffered injuries from a work-related truck accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you are having a dispute with your employer about collecting workers’ compensation benefits, a Winchester workers’ compensation attorney at the Kendall Law Firm can help. The purpose of workers’ compensation law is to ensure employees don’t have to face the financial burden of medical bills on their own.
The amount of compensation available depends on the severity of your injuries, your salary and how long it takes you to recover from the injuries. Workers’ compensation covers medical treatment for work-related injuries, rehabilitation and prescription drugs during your recovery. You may also be able to receive compensation for lost wages during the time you are unable to work. If your employer disputes your right to claim workers’ compensation, you should seek guidance from a workers’ compensation lawyer.
An experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer at the Kendall Law Firm can help you seek all the benefits you’re entitled to claim. Our legal team has extensive experience helping workers in Winchester and throughout Virginia. We will use our knowledge and legal skill to negotiate with your employer or insurance company to help you pursue full and fair compensation.
Does My Workers’ Compensation Case Require A Hearing To Get Benefits?
A hearing may be necessary if your Virginia workers’ compensation claim has been denied. An attorney can help you file a written request for a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Your appeal will be assigned to a Virginia workers’ compensation judge who will hear evidence from you and your employer or the insurance company.
Workers’ comp hearings are similar to court hearings. Testimony is given under oath. The judge will then issue a written decision after the hearing. The Virginia workers’ compensation system is a complex legal process. Make sure you have an experienced workers’ comp lawyer guide you.
What Does The Law Consider A Hit And Run?
Virginia has a set of laws that govern your responsibilities if you are involved in an automobile accident. If a driver is involved in a crash and flees the accident scene, it is commonly referred to as a “hit and run” accident or “leaving the scene of an accident.”
According to Virginia Code § 46.2-894, all motorists involved in an accident have four fundamental duties:
- Stop as close to the accident scene as you can without obstructing traffic
- Provide help to injured persons.
- Report your name, address, driver’s license and registration numbers to police; and
- Provide that information to the drivers of the other vehicles.
In Virginia, leaving the scene of an accident can be considered a felony, punishable with both fines and jail time. It’s important to know that passengers in a car also can be charged with failure to report an accident. After an accident, every person in the car who is 16 years old or older must make sure a report is made to police within 24 hours.
Contact A Winchester Accident Attorney
The trial attorney of Kendall Law Firm has fought to protect the rights of those who have been injured in our community since 2009. We represent injured people like you, and never the insurance companies or large corporations. When you need knowledgeable and compassionate legal representation, turn to us for help.
We have seen firsthand the devastation and grief that a truck accident can cause, and we’ll be here to support you and make sure that you get the justice you and your loved ones deserve.
Our track record of success includes several six-figure settlements for victims of truck accidents across Virginia, including a $1.5 million settlement for a head-on collision that resulted in the loss of a loved one in Winchester.
Call us anytime, day or night, at (866) 590-6409 or reach out to us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation with us today.