Semis, 18-wheelers, and other large trucks are a common sight in Virginia, so you may not be surprised to learn that crashes are a relatively common occurrence. However, you might not realize how severe and devastating these incidents can be. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 7,565 total commercial vehicle accidents in 2018, 150 of which were fatal and another 2,878 caused injury to at least one person. In other words, more than 40% of all crashes involving large trucks lead to casualties, at a rate of almost nine people hurt or killed every day.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck collision, you may have legal options to recover compensation for your losses. It is critical to retain a Gloucester truck accident lawyer for assistance with the process, so please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation right away. Some basic information about your rights may also be helpful.
As with other motor vehicle collisions, truck accidents usually happen because of driver negligence. This term has a very specific meaning in personal injury law, as it requires you to prove certain elements to recover compensation. You must show that the truck operator breached the legal duty to drive safely, thereby causing the crash. Examples of negligence include:
In addition to these types of negligence that any driver may commit, there are some careless acts that are unique to trucks and those operating them. A trucker might take a curve too quickly, lose control over the vehicle and/or trailer on a steep grade, or try to stop too quickly – potentially leading to a “jackknife” truck crash.
Your first step in the truck accident legal process is filing a claim with the driver’s insurance company, since all truckers are required to carry $750,000 or more in coverage. Even if you think your right to compensation is clear, do not expect a quick resolution and payment of your claim. Truck insurers will always protect their own financial interests, so the adjuster may deny your claim or make a low-ball counteroffer. As a result, you may need to file a lawsuit in court to obtain fair, reasonable monetary damages.
Through either process, your Gloucester truck accident lawyer will seek all available compensation allowed by law, such as:
This summary of your rights and options after a truck crash may be useful, but it should also demonstrate how important it is to work with experienced legal counsel. For more information, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation with a Virginia truck accident lawyer.
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