Why Summertime is Truck Accident Season
Big truck accidents can happen at anytime of year, but summer is especially dangerous for truckers and the people driving near them. That’s because there are typically more drivers on the road at any given time in the summer, especially on highways and interstates, as more people are traveling and going on vacation.
Summer also means longer days, and that means truckers may push themselves to go further and further without taking necessary and even legally required rest and sleep breaks. There are few things more dangerous on the road than a sleep-deprived truck driver who is responsible for safely maneuvering an 80,000-pound vehicle while traveling at 70+ MPH.
It’s important for all drivers to know that they have recourse if they’re hurt in crashes involving big trucks. Their injuries may be extremely painful and disabling, and that means very expensive medical bills and a prolonged absence from work. And with millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, missing any time at work can be disastrous for so many families in Virginia.
If you or someone you love is injured this summer in an accident involving a semi-truck, don’t hesitate to get legal representation on your side. Big truck companies and their insurers rarely cooperate with victims, and when they do, the settlements they offer are rarely sufficient.
The Roanoke truck accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know all too well the games that insurers play to get out of paying fair settlements, and we don’t stand for them. Contact us today for a free consultation. We want to help you get the settlement you need to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Many Parties May Be Liable for Your Truck Accident
One of the key components of building a successful and fair compensation claim is ensuring that all the facts are uncovered. And the most important aspect of all injury claims is determining who is responsible for victims’ damages. This comes into play in all personal injury settlements, but especially in truck accident claims, as multiple parties can be and often are held liable.
Potentially liable parties include:
- The truck drivers—When truck drivers don’t obey the law, whether it’s standard Virginia traffic laws or guidelines governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they can be held liable for crashes.
- The truck owners—When truck owners don’t ensure their vehicles are properly serviced and maintained, they can be held liable if component failures result in crashes.
- The truck companies—When truck companies fail to ensure the trucks they use are safely loaded and that their drivers abide by rest requirements, they can be held liable after accidents.
- Other drivers—Sometimes truck accidents are fully or partially caused by other motorists. For example, a driver who cuts off a truck driver and forces him to swerve could be held liable if that abrupt maneuver results in a crash.
It takes an experienced, resourceful, and aggressive law firm to not just pinpoint liability for a crash, but to prove it when multiple parties are responsible. But doing so is necessary when it comes to getting victims the money they’re truly owed for their accident-related expenses.
Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer After a Truck Accident
Truck accidents are stressful, painful, traumatic, disabling, and even potentially fatal. Although all auto accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, truck accidents are unique because of the massive size disparity between semis and passenger vehicles. Even the largest pickup trucks and SUVs are minuscule compared to a fully-loaded tractor trailer, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds!
If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a truck accident, you need two things right now: comprehensive medical care and an experienced legal team. And at Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to provide the latter to you. Our Roanoke truck accident lawyers know the ins and outs of the trucking industry, including what truck drivers, owners, and companies can be held liable for after crashes.
It’s important to get in touch with us right away after your truck accident. In addition to a statute of limitations that can expire and make you ineligible for compensation, you also run the risk of evidence disappearing if you wait too long. And finally, trucking companies, their insurers, and their lawyers almost always fight back against injury claims, and if you give them a big head start, it can be difficult to win your claim.
When you call our firm, we’ll begin collecting evidence that shows you weren’t at fault and calculating how much money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. And we won’t just consider what you’ve lost today—we’ll calculate how the crash will continue costing you years down the road. Call today for a free consultation.