Attorneys Dedicated to Representing Truck Accident Victims in and around Richmond
If you have driven in Virginia, you have undoubtedly seen huge commercial trucks hauling their loads from place to place on our highways and interstates. These vehicles weigh 20 -30 times the size of smaller passenger vehicles and take up significantly more space on the road. Because of their significant mass, when they are involved in accidents, they can crush whatever they hit and often leave victims with extremely serious injuries.
These accidents are more common than you may think – in fact, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that commercial vehicle accident injured 3,227 people in 2014. Fortunately for people who are hurt in accidents with commercial vehicles, they can often recover compensation for their losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and property damage, among others.
To learn whether you have a claim, you should contact our office today for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer.
Understanding the Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Like any other preventable accident, if you can establish that someone else was at fault for your accident, it is very likely that you will be able to recover compensation.
Some of the most common causes of truck accident that are often the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or some other party include the following:
- Failure to maintain a lane
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Hours-of-service violations
- Failing to properly load cargo
- Failing to properly secure cargo
- Ignoring poor weather conditions
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Defective vehicle design
- Defective vehicle manufacture
- Failing to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Negligent hiring
- Driving under the influence
In some cases, the cause of a truck accident is apparent and no one disputes the way in which it occurred. In others, however, the cause of an accident is unclear and no one wants to take responsibility for it. In these latter cases, it may be the case that determining the cause of the accident will require significant investigation and perhaps the analysis and opinion of an accident reconstruction expert.
If this sounds like the situation that you are currently in, you should call an attorney immediately. A lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case and pay for the up-front costs associated with litigating your case, if necessary. Any delay could result in the destruction or loss of evidence and jeopardize your ability to recover compensation.
Why Retain a Richmond Truck Accident Attorney?
There is a chance that you may have been involved in an uncontested truck accident case and are wondering whether it is worth the hassle and expense of finding and retaining an attorney to represent you. If an insurance company has already made you a seemingly handsome settlement offer, you may be thinking that there is no point in talking to an attorney at all. It is always advisable for truck accident victims to speak with an attorney.
First of all, almost all personal injury lawyers offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lost but perhaps an hour or two of your time by speaking to an attorney about your options. Secondly, an attorney will evaluate your case and let you know how much your case may be worth, which is critical to protecting your rights.
Failing to have your case evaluated by an attorney leaves you in the dark about the value of your case, making it nearly impossible to effectively negotiate with the insurance company handling your case. When you retain a lawyer, he or she will ensure that any settlement offer you receive adequately compensates you for your losses.
Call Leavitt & Martin Today for a Free Consultation with a Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, tanker truck, or another type of large commercial truck in Richmond, you should contact Leavitt & Martin, PLLC today. Our skilled attorneys are dedicated to representing the rights of truck accident victims and have the experience and skill required to hold negligent truckers and trucking companies responsible.
To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 804-873-4004.