Each day, countless vehicles travel on the roadways across Virginia. Some of these vehicles are large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, transporting goods intrastate and interstate. These massive vehicles can carry large loads, and when involved in a crash, can cause a serious or fatal accident.
There are various causes for truck accidents, many of which are related to the negligence of truck drivers or trucking companies. Thus, it is important that victims and the loved ones of deceased victims understand their rights and options following a truck accident.
The severity of truck accidents
While any type of automobile collision can impact your life, the attorneys at Williams & Loft understand how destructive a truck accident can be on a victim and their loved ones. Our law firm is also aware that truck crashes are often caused by truck regulation violations. Thus, we not only consider the injuries, damages and impact the crash had on a victim, but we also consider the causes and liability involved.
Truck drivers must follow certain regulations. Failure to comply with them does not only run the risk of penalties but also increases the chances of an accident. These rules address the number of hours a truck driver can travel in a 24-hour period, where they can park their rig safely, the requirement of ensuring the load is secured and balanced, the need to keep their truck maintained, the use of extreme caution when traveling in hazardous conditions and the necessity of drivers being fully awake, undistracted and sober while driving.
The losses suffered in a truck accident can be extensive. Medical bills can pile up due to treatments, tests, procedures and ongoing care. Additionally, a victim could suffer lost wages due to the inability to work. Injuries could be disabling, meaning future medical costs. This all can add up quickly; however, it could be addressed through a personal injury action.
An experienced attorney can guide you through this civil action, helping you to recover the compensation owed to you. While this cannot undo the harm done to you, holding a negligent truck driver responsible for the accident could help you address the losses and damages suffered.