Statistics compiled by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that there were 45 fatal truck accidents and 822 injury-causing crashes in 2017. However, these figures do not speak to the devastating losses for victims and their families. Skyrocketing medical costs, lost income, pain, and suffering, and other consequences are life-changing. Though Virginia law allows you to recover compensation for these losses, you may not know where to begin with filing a claim.
Mr. Hoen has almost 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims, ensuring they get the compensation they deserve. The claims process can be stressful and complex, but he is prepared to shoulder the legal burden on your behalf. Please contact Hampton Injury Law today to set up a free consultation regarding your remedies.
Your right to compensation in a truck crash claim revolves around the legal concept of negligence, which requires you to prove:
Though the essential elements of a negligence case seem straightforward, you may encounter considerable challenges when filing a claim with the driver’s insurance company. Truck operators are required to carry larger insurance policies as compared to other drivers since there is a greater chance of causing catastrophic injuries in a crash. Insurers assign truck accident claims to their most experienced, knowledgeable claims adjusters. These employees know tactics and strategies to fight your claim, such as by:
This second point is important in a truck accident case, as Virginia follows a harsh rule on contributory negligence. If you were at fault in any way, you are completely barred from recovering any compensation. You can be sure that the insurance company will strive to find some trace of evidence that your own actions led to the crash.
Your compensation as the victim of a truck crash is based upon your damages, which fall into two categories according to how the losses affect you.
For more information on your rights as a truck crash victim under Virginia law, please call Hampton Injury Law at 757.838.1136 or visit the firm website. Mr. Hoen can explain how these cases work and tell you more about the advantages of retaining a Williamsburg truck accident attorney to represent your interests.