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.
How Much Insurance Coverage Do Truck Drivers, Owners, and Companies Carry?
Because of the increased severity of injuries and property damage due to their enormous weight and size, big truck accident claims are typically worth more than auto accident claims involving sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans. But as with auto accident claims, most or all of that money is typically paid via insurance policies.
Virginia requires trucks to be covered by the following amounts of insurance:
- $750,000 for general freight trucks
- $1,000,000 for oil transportation trucks
- $5,000,000 for hazmat trucks
- $300,000 for household goods trucks
Note that these requirements only apply for trucks that stick to local roads. When trucks drive on interstates or cross state lines, but they must meet federal liability limits, which can range from $750,000 to $1,000,000. Compare that to the minimum coverage for standard passenger vehicles, which ranges from $25,000 to $50,000.
It’s important to know how much insurance coverage may be purchased for big trucks, especially if you’re involved in a crash with one. Knowing they’re backed by such huge policies means that pursuing full compensation should always be in your best interests, as the money is there to cover your expenses. However, it’s also important to know that insurance companies often fight truck accident claims even more intensely than they do passenger vehicle crash claims.
That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ll work hard to get you every penny you’re owed, and to not let a negligent truck driver, owner, or company off the hook for their mistakes. Contact us today for a free consultation.
LIABILITY IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAN DEPEND ON THEIR CARGO
Building compensation claims for people injured in truck accidents requires proving that the people or parties connected with those trucks was negligent and their negligence led to crashes. Truck accidents are similar to auto accidents in that way, but the trucking industry has more laws and regulations, and that means there are more chances to find negligence.
It’s important to remember that not all truck accidents are the same, nor are all trucks the same. For example, a box truck that’s used for local deliveries may not be subject to the same rules or regulations as a full-sized semi-truck that’s used to deliver goods regionally or nationally. And full-size semi-trucks may have fewer restrictions than oversized trucks or trucks that haul flammable, toxic, or corrosive materials.
For example, a standard commercial driver license (CDL) may not be enough to haul all types of cargo or double/triple trailers. But some trucking companies ignore those requirements and put drivers behind the wheels of vehicles they aren’t qualified to drive. When those drivers cause crashes, both they and their employers can be held liable for any damages and injuries.
In addition, certain types of cargo require more frequent or in-depth inspections than others. That’s to ensure that the drivers are safe to proceed and that the cargo doesn’t put them or their motorists in danger. But to save time and money, some drivers and their employers bypass this step.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we review all the facts when building truck accident claims for injured victims. That includes determining exactly what type of trucks were involved and whether all requirements were met for driving them or even having them on the road, period. If you were hurt in a truck accident, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers want to help. Call today for a free consultation.