We Specialize in 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. Even when victims survive, it is not uncommon for them to face a lifetime of medical care and lost income, not to mention pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, it is not always easy to get the help and compensation you deserve after a truck wreck. These cases pose more complex legal issues than most other vehicle crash cases, and victims often do not know where to turn for help.
At Phelan Petty, we fight for justice on behalf of truck accident victims. We know that successfully handling a truck accident case requires more than aggressive negotiation techniques. You need a thorough understanding of the complicated state and federal regulations that govern the industry. Our experienced injury lawyers know these laws even better than the truck drivers and the companies that employ them.
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Truck Accidents are A Growing Concern in Virginia
In 2018, the Virginia Department of Transportation reported more than 5,025 commercial vehicle crashes—and 2,540 of these wrecks involved a large truck, both up from the 2017 data. 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, 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. Some of the most common causes of truck crashes include:
- Driver errors, including reckless behaviors like:
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to yield
- 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 company policies regarding truck driver hiring, training, and retention
- Unsafe road conditions
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When necessary, our truck accident lawyers work with expert witnesses, including physicians, accident reconstruction specialists, psychologists, and occupational therapists 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 will 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.
Trucking companies use aggressive strategies to defend against injury claims. Some inexperienced attorneys do not realize that companies and drivers can destroy crucial evidence if it is not preserved by a certain date following a truck accident.
As an example, federal 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.
Additionally, some truck companies rush teams of representatives and lawyers to accident sites to minimize liability and influence official investigations. They may even remove telematic systems and other equipment, such as on-dash cameras, from the truck. These devices track a driver’s behavior and can provide crucial evidence in an injury claim.
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If you have been hurt in a truck accident, time is of the essence. Trucking companies have significant resources at their disposal and will try to protect themselves after a crash. You should get in touch with an experienced truck accident attorney who can start preserving evidence and protecting your rights immediately.
Our Injury Attorneys Understand the Value of Truck Accident Claims
At Phelan Petty, 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
It is important to note that the truck companies are not the only opposition victims of truck accidents face. Insurance companies also try to take advantage of unrepresented accident victims by pressuring them into unreasonably low settlements.
Before you accept a truck accident settlement, you need to know what your case is really worth. To protect yourself, you should always consult with a Virginia injury lawyer before you respond to an insurance company's settlement offer. A lawyer can help you accurately calculate the value of your claim and determine if the insurance company’s offer is fair and reasonable.
Our accident attorneys understand that every truck wreck claim is different. That is why we carefully assess the individual strengths and challenges of each case and then craft aggressive, thoughtful legal strategies to address them and get victims the compensation they deserve.
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 Richmond, Virginia
At Phelan Petty, we give complex truck accident cases the time, attention, and resources they deserve. To get a 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.
2018 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts. (2019). Virginia Highway Safety Office. Retrieved from https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/crash_data /crash_facts/crash_facts_18.pdf