Virginia truck accidents may make up a small percentage of all motor vehicle collisions, but they are far more likely to cause fatalities, injuries, and other losses. In its publication on Traffic Crash Facts, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reveals that there are almost 5,000 accidents every year involving 18-wheelers, semis, and other large commercial trucks. Nearly 50% lead to death or injuries to at least one person, and the vast majority harm the passenger vehicle’s occupants.
Fortunately, Virginia law provides you with options if you were hurt or lost a loved one in a truck crash. Since the legal process can be complicated, it is wise to retain experienced legal counsel for assistance. Our team at Hampton Injury Law PLC will protect your interests, so please contact our office to schedule a case evaluation with one of our Poquoson truck accident lawyers. Some background information may also be helpful.
Driver error and negligence are behind most motor vehicle collisions, including those involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Some examples include speeding, failure to yield right of way, running red lights, and other carelessness. Plus, one of the most dangerous forms of driver negligence is a common factor in truck crashes: Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, surfing the internet, taking photos, and other cell phone use.
Still, there are some types of negligence that are unique to truck collisions in Virginia. For instance, fatal and injury-causing accidents may be caused by:
Like other motor vehicle crashes, your first step in recovering monetary damages for your losses is filing a truck accident insurance claim. If you cannot reach an agreement to settle your claim for a reasonable amount, you may need to sue in civil court to obtain amounts for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Keep in mind that there could be potential parties to pursue compensation. You may need to deal with the tractor’s owner, a trucking company, the driver’s employer, a manufacturer of defective parts, or others. In addition, note that a typical truck insurance policy may cover losses for $750,000 or more. Together, these factors make truck collisions extremely complicated.
While this summary of Virginia truck crash laws may be helpful, it is no replacement for solid representation from an experienced attorney. To learn how our team can assist with your claim, please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC today. We can schedule a case evaluation with a truck accident lawyer who can review your circumstances and advise you on your rights.
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