Phelan Petty: Dedicated Virginia Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Attorneys

Our Virginia Injury Attorneys Specialize in Handling Complex Truck Accident Claims

After a serious truck accident, you and your family may struggle to make sense of everything. Wrecks involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks often cause devastating injuries. And even when victims survive, it’s not uncommon for them to face a lifetime of medical care and lost income, not to mention pain and suffering.

In addition to these losses, we know that truck wreck victims face other challenges. Truck accident cases pose more complex legal issues than most other vehicle crash cases, and victims often don’t know where to turn for help.

At the same time, trucking companies and their insurers use aggressive strategies to defend against truck crash claims. Sometimes, they send teams of trucking company or insurance company representatives and lawyers to accident sites to minimize liability and influence official investigations. In other cases, they remove telematic systems and other equipment from the truck to hide the fact that the truck was transmitting computerized information that may explain why the wreck occurred.

Insurance companies also try to take advantage of unrepresented accident victims and pressure them into settling for unreasonably low amounts. Finally, truck wreck victims and some inexperienced attorneys often do not realize that truck companies can destroy crucial evidence, such as driver logs, if it is not preserved by a certain date following the truck accident.

At Phelan Petty, we fight for justice on behalf of seriously injured truck accident victims. We know that successfully handling a truck accident case requires a thorough understanding of the complicated state and federal regulations that govern the trucking industry. Our experienced injury lawyers know these laws better than the truck drivers behind the wheel and the companies that employ them.

If you’d like to learn more about our approach to truck crash claims and your legal options, schedule your free, no-risk initial consultation today.

Virginia Truck Accident Claims Require Detailed and Thorough Investigations

In 2017, the Virginia Department of Transportation reported more than 4,500 commercial vehicle crashes, and 2,306 of these wrecks involved a tractor-trailer truck. Our state’s challenging terrain, unpredictable weather, and congested highways pose challenges to even the most responsible truck drivers. Unfortunately, many truckers today are under pressure from their employers to drive unsafe equipment without adequate rest.  Their employers remain more focused on profits than safety.

Catastrophic truck accidents typically result from multiple causes. While some of the crash factors might seem obvious, like driver error, others are more complex and difficult to uncover. At Phelan Petty, we carefully investigate our clients’ truck accident claims, searching for evidence that identifies exactly who was at fault.

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Some of the most common causes of truck crashes include:

  • Driver errors, including reckless behaviors like:
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Tailgating
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue and drowsy driving
  • Drunk and drugged driving
  • Violations of federal and state trucking regulations such as the hours-of-service (HOS) rules
  • Negligent truck maintenance
  • Defective or dangerously designed truck parts and systems
  • Irresponsible policies regarding truck driver hiring, training, and retention
  • Unsafe road conditions

When necessary, our truck accident lawyers work with expert witnesses, including physicians, accident reconstructionists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and others. With the help of these witnesses, we’re able to uncover all the complex factors that may have contributed to a collision.

We Handle Truck Accident Cases That Are Too Complex for Other Firms

Many lawyers say they’ll take truck wreck claims, but few firms have the knowledge and resources to handle these cases successfully. Truck accidents are far more complex and destructive than collisions between passenger vehicles, and the resulting claims require much more investigation, analysis, and preparation.

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At Phelan Petty, we have years of experience handling some of the most complex types of injury cases, including truck accident claims, and we have recovered millions of dollars for the victims of devastating truck crashes in Virginia.

If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, time is of the essence. Trucking companies have significant resources at their disposal and will move to protect themselves quickly after a crash, so it’s important to get in touch with an experienced truck accident attorney who can start preserving evidence and protecting your rights immediately.

If you wait too long, witnesses’ memories will fade, and evidence will disappear. As an example, the law only requires trucking companies to preserve their drivers’ logbooks for six months. These logs can often help an attorney identify regulatory violations and negligent behaviors. However, unless an injury lawyer preserves this evidence, the company will destroy it as soon as they can after a crash.

Injury Attorneys Who Understand the Value of Truck Accident Claims

One of the most common questions our attorneys hear is “What is my truck accident claim worth?” The monetary value of your truck accident claim will depend on many factors, including:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • Your likelihood of fully recovering from your injuries
  • Your ability to return to work and earn income
  • The cost of your current and expected future medical treatment
  • The amount of insurance coverage involved in your claims
  • The strength or weakness of the liability case against the truck driver or the trucking company
  • The scope of your pain, suffering, and other non-economic damages
  • The strength of the insurance company’s defenses

At Phelan Petty, we understand that every truck wreck claim is different, which is why we carefully assess the individual strengths and challenges of each case and then craft aggressive, thoughtful legal strategies to address them.

If you’re considering settling your truck accident claim, it’s always in your best interest to consult a Virginia injury lawyer before you accept an offer from the insurance company. If you take a settlement offer before considering all the consequences, you won’t be able to go back. With help from an experienced truck accident lawyer, you might quickly realize that the insurance company’s offer is far too low and won’t come close to addressing the true costs of your injuries.

To get a personalized assessment of your truck accident case at no cost and with no commitment, contact Phelan Petty today.

Phelan Petty: Aggressive and Dedicated Attorneys for Truck Accident Victims in Virginia

We Handle Truck Accident Cases That Are Too Complex for Other Firms

At Phelan Petty, we give complex truck accident cases the time, attention, and resources they deserve. To get a free, no-risk assessment of your truck accident case from one of our attorneys, fill out our quick and easy online contact form or call us at 804-980-7100. Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers will listen to your story, assess your claim, and educate you about your legal options, all at no cost to you.

References

Virginia Highway Safety Office. (2018). 2017 Virginia traffic crash facts. Richmond, VA: Author. Retrieved from https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/crash_data/crash_facts/crash_facts_17.pdf  

Many lawyers say they’ll take truck wreck claims, but few firms have the knowledge and resources to handle these cases successfully. Truck accidents are far more complex and destructive than collisions between passenger vehicles, and the resulting claims require much more investigation, analysis, and preparation.

RELATED ARTICLE: Why an Attorney Investigation Matters for Your Truck Accident

At Phelan Petty, we have years of experience handling some of the most complex types of injury cases, including truck accident claims, and we have recovered millions of dollars for the victims of devastating truck crashes in Virginia.

If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, time is of the essence. Trucking companies have significant resources at their disposal and will move to protect themselves quickly after a crash, so it’s important to get in touch with an experienced truck accident attorney who can start preserving evidence and protecting your rights immediately.

If you wait too long, witnesses’ memories will fade, and evidence will disappear. As an example, the law only requires trucking companies to preserve their drivers’ logbooks for six months. These logs can often help an attorney identify regulatory violations and negligent behaviors. However, unless an injury lawyer preserves this evidence, the company will destroy it as soon as they can after a crash.

To get a free, no-risk assessment of your case from an experienced Virginia injury attorney, please contact us right away.