Truck Accident FAQ

Serving Central and South Virginia

1. What should I do after a truck accident?

Following these tips can help us build a strong claim after your truck accident:

  • Gather information about your accident.
    Call the police to investigate the crash. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, and get the name, phone number, and address of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Notify your insurance company.
    Contact your insurance company to let them know you’ve been in an accident. Do not sign any documents or admit fault to insurance adjusters or trucking company representatives. A sharp insurance company adjuster will sometimes try to blame you for the accident, to get out of paying you for your damages.
  • Get medical treatment for your injuries.
    Signs of an injury may not appear right away. If you have any injuries, even if they seem minor, prompt medical attention may prevent long-term medical complications. It is important to have medical documentation of your injuries when we prepare your claim.
  • Contact an experienced truck accident attorney.
    At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers know trucking laws and regulations, and we have the experience it takes to help get you the compensation you deserve.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get the legal help you need—call (800) 477-5480 or complete our free initial consultation, today.

2. How quickly should I contact an attorney after my truck accident?

Speak with an attorney as soon as possible to gather and preserve evidence and protect your legal rights. Trucking companies are only required to hold evidence related to a crash for a short amount of time. After this time period, it may become more difficult to prove your case.

Our experienced truck accident attorneys will use every piece of available evidence to reconstruct the accident scene and determine what party, or parties, are legally responsible for your injuries. The earlier you contact an attorney, the better your chances of building a strong legal claim.

3. What are common causes of truck accidents?

Several factors that often contribute to truck accidents include:

  1. Unsafe Driving Practices
    Speeding, distracted driving, and failure to yield in traffic may lead to a crash.
  2. Improper Maintenance
    Trucks can travel more than 100,000 miles per year, and failure to inspect and replace critical components can create serious safety hazards.
  3. Drowsy Driving
    Commercial truck drivers must follow driving time regulations, but strict deadlines can lead to driver fatigue that puts other motorists in danger.
  4. Unsafe Loading Practices
    If a driver is carrying an improperly secured load or too much weight, it may affect the truck’s handling and stopping abilities.

4. How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a trucking accident?

The legal deadline to file a truck accident lawsuit—called the statute of limitations—is generally two years from the date of your accident. However, this amount of time may vary depending on the facts of your case. That’s why you should talk to a truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm as soon as possible. Don’t wait—memories fade, documents get lost, and photographs and measurements usually can’t be obtained months after the collision.

5. Who is responsible for my accident?

It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for your accident. That’s because a commercial truck may be owned, maintained, and operated by more than one party. Our Roanoke truck accident lawyers have experience handling cases like yours. We will work hard to find and preserve valuable evidence to support your claim so the people or companies responsible are held accountable for your damages.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get the legal help you need—call (800) 477-5480 or complete our free initial consultation, today.