Statistics recently revealed by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) show that, though they may just make up 5.7% of all traffic crashes, truck accidents are by far the most devastating in terms of fatalities and injuries. In the VDOT Traffic Crash Facts 2018, they reported that there were 7,565 total collisions involved large trucks and commercial vehicles. Of these, 150 were deadly and another 2,878 caused serious bodily harm to victims.
You do have rights if you were injured or lost a loved one, but the claims process is complicated as compared to other motor vehicle collisions. A Virginia truck accident lawyer can explain the complexities surrounding these incidents, but an overview may be useful.
Some of the same factors that contribute to car crashes may also be to blame, such as:
However, there are certain issues that are specific to incidents involving large trucks and commercial motor vehicles. They include:
Again, there are some similarities between auto crashes and truck collisions, as you must still file a claim with an insurance company to seek compensation for your losses. There are other factors that make truck accident claims more challenging:
For more information on your rights as a victim of a truck accident, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation. After reviewing the specifics of your case, a Virginia truck accident lawyer can offer advice and tell you what to expect with the claims process.
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