Truck Accident FAQ
Answers from Highly-Rated Truck Accident Lawyers in Richmond
If you are reeling in the aftermath of a major truck accident that impacted you and / or someone in your family, our team is here to support you during this tough time. Here at Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner, we believe in standing up for the innocent.
If you have further questions about your claim, contact our office at (888) 337-0477 to speak with a Richmond truck accident lawyer.
Can an overweight truck cause a collision?
Trucks that have been overloaded compromise the integrity of the vehicle and the safety systems and brake systems in place. Improperly distributed loads can also cause imbalance, which may lead to rollover and other accidents. Loads that have not been properly secured may become loose, and / or items can fall into the road, leading to collisions.
What causes truck accidents?
Many different types of driver error and negligence can cause truck accidents:
- Fatigued driving
- Improper merging
- Poor loading and improper loading
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Mechanical failures including defective brakes
Am I entitled to compensation?
If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim against those responsible. An attorney can help you understand this process and whether or not you should move forward with filing a personal injury claim.
What type of compensation can I receive?
The amount and type of compensation you receive for your injuries may include, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Medical expenses including surgery, rehabilitation, hospitalization, and ongoing care
- Paychecks missed while recovering from your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional pain
How often do truck accidents occur?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3,900 people were killed and 104,000 injured in truck accidents that occurred in the year 2012.
Why do I need a lawyer with truck accident experience?
The right attorney for your case is one who has handled personal injury claims involving truck accidents in the past—and won. An experienced Richmond tractor-trailer accident lawyer will understand what to do to protect your rights, backed by familiarity with trucking regulations and access to the resources and experts necessary to build you the strongest possible case.
What are some unique aspects of truck accident cases?
Because a commercial vehicle was involved, trucking companies will often dispatch investigators to the scene of the accident. It is not unusual for these corporate investigators to arrive even before the police. Forensic evidence can play a major and crucial role in a victim obtaining compensation.
It’s important for truck accident victims to receive legal aid from seasoned personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.