Every year, hundreds of thousands of locals, tourists, and truck drivers all converge on Virginia highways and roads. The sheer number of vehicles makes it no surprise that automobile accidents are common throughout this area. As semi-trailer trucks make their way to Virginia’s numerous ports, other drivers and motorcyclists are at risk. Commercial truck accidents are not as uncommon as many people think—according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 2,306 accidents involving large trucks in 2017. There were an additional 4,570 accidents involving smaller commercial vehicles.
If you or your loved one was involved in a commercial vehicle or semi-trailer truck accident, we can help. Our team at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner knows how to win cases. We use a “no stone left unturned” approach to maximize our clients’ chance for a successful outcome. Truck accident cases can be complex and rely heavily on forensic evidence. Our experience, connections, and resources allow us to handle these cases with the experience that is needed to secure the results our clients need and deserve. Since 1979, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of our clients; find out how our Virginia truck accident attorneys can help you with your case.
Call (888) 635-9500 or submit an online contact form to request a free and confidential consultation with our Richmond & Virginia Beach Attorneys.
Who Is at Fault for a Commercial Truck Accident?
Semi-trailer truck accidents tend to result in severe, catastrophic injuries and fatalities due to the size and weight of these vehicles. While motorists and passengers in everyday vehicles tend to suffer the brunt of the injuries, it is not always easy to prove who was at fault for the accident. This is due, in part, to the number of different parties that may be partially responsible.
Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident, any of the following parties may be liable:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s supervisor
- The truck driver’s employer
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The company responsible for truck maintenance
- The manufacturer of the truck or a specific truck part
For example, say a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, causing an accident with another motorist. While it may seem obvious that the truck driver is at fault, he may have fallen asleep due to fatigue caused by unrealistic quotas set by his employer. The truck driver’s supervisor may have failed to note that the truck driver was not keeping accurate driving logs recording his time spent on the road. In this case, the truck driver, his supervisor, and the employer may all be partially responsible for the other motorist’s injuries and related damages. A defective truck tire may blow out while the truck is traveling on the highway, causing the truck driver to swerve into another care. In this case, the tire manufacturer and/or the person or company in charge of conducting truck maintenance may be liable.
Building a Truck Accident Case
We take a focused approach to each case, with an emphasis on attention to detail that leaves no stone unturned. Our lawyers have won major recoveries in just about every kind of motor vehicle accident claim. One of our team members literally wrote the book on it, as one of the authors on the team behind the book “Handing an Automobile Injury Negligence Case in Virginia.” Others on our team have lectured on the subject or written published articles about representing truck accident injury victims.
At Breit Cantor, we take a team approach to every case, working together as lawyers, assistants, and investigators to build the strongest possible cases for our clients. We often call on outside experts to create even more impenetrable cases for those we represent.
These experts may include:
- Forensic engineers
- Truck accident investigators
- Accident reconstructionists
We can also use tools such as mock trials and focus groups. Our experience and ability set us apart. We are veterans of injury cases and our familiarity with truck accident law and trucking regulations, along with our commitment to handling accident cases with skill and success, gives you assurance. Every facet of a case is handled thoroughly. Our goal is to ensure justice for innocent clients.
Why You Need an Experienced Advocate for Your Case
Personal injury cases involving truck, tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicles are not like other highway collisions. The trucking company will usually send investigators to the crash scene immediately after the accident to gather evidence and interview witnesses. The injured victim is, thus, already at a definite disadvantage.
Roadway skid marks and debris, vehicle and tire damage, data accumulation systems on the truck, as well as driver logs, bills of lading, and truck weight tickets may be crucial items of evidence in the case. The person injured by a tractor-trailer may be unable to recover unless he or she can use such evidence to prove the negligence of the truck driver.
Tractor-trailer and other big truck accident cases present a host of unique challenges. These challenges include how to collect and analyze evidence, which often is only in the possession of the trucking company, and how to present this evidence in a manner that the jury will understand. A Virginia truck accident attorney who knows how to meet these challenges and who has successfully handled tractor-trailer and big truck accident cases like yours should be consulted.
Let Our Firm Fight for You
Unfortunately, truck accidents typically result in serious, life-altering injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries. Many victims are left wondering how they will afford necessary medical treatment, especially if their injuries render them temporarily or permanently unable to return to work. Financial worries can be particularly difficult to deal with on top of the pain and trauma of a catastrophic injury. Making matters worse, most insurance companies will quickly offer a low settlement that does not even come close to meeting the needs of the victim and his or her family.
At Breit Cantor, we believe in holding negligent parties accountable for their careless and reckless actions. Our dedicated team of truck accident attorneys, paralegals, and professional investigators is committed to helping our clients secure the maximum compensation they are owed. We understand that your injuries may require continuous, lifelong treatment, which can end up costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Because of this, we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you, and we will even take on major insurance companies and large commercial trucking companies in the courtroom whenever necessary. Our team has won numerous truck and tractor-trailer accident cases. The award-winning lawyers on our team have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including over 150 individual cases with recoveries exceeding $1 million or more.
Our goal is to win. Call us today at (888) 635-9500 for a free case evaluation. There are never any fees for you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.