Serving All of West Virginia – A Truck Accident Lawyer Who Can Help
In 2008, one out of nine traffic fatalities resulted from a collision with a large truck. 380,000 large trucks were involved in automobile accidents. Of those crashes, 4,229 people died and 90,000 were injured. Large trucks have the ability to weigh up to 80,000 pounds depending on their cargo; comparatively, a car weighs as little as one or two tons. When a large truck and a passenger vehicle collide it is a recipe for disaster.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash of this magnitude, it is imperative that you have an attorney that has experience in handling large truck cases. We have in-depth knowledge when it comes to large truck regulations and have successfully represented our clients against these trucking companies. Contact The Masters Law Firm today for your free initial consultation.
Truck Accident Lawsuits
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2005, one out of eight traffic fatalities in the United States resulted from large truck accidents. Of the total number of people killed in truck accidents over the course of the year, 76 percent were passenger vehicle occupants and 9 percent were non-occupants or pedestrians. Large trucks pose a serious risk to motorists and pedestrians alike. Our compassionate attorneys understand the emotional and physical pain associated with a serious accident; that is why we provide unwavering, diligent representation to our clients. Proudly serving all of West Virginia, a truck accident lawyer from The Masters Law Firm can review your case free of charge and help determine your eligibility for financial compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation from the liable party for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. In the event that a loved one has been killed, our attorneys can help you receive compensation for funerary costs and the loss of a family member through a wrongful death claim. If it can be determined that the truck driver was grossly negligent or operating his or her vehicle with a blatant disregard for other people's safety, it may be possible to file for punitive damages to exact extra punishment. Contact The Masters Law Firm today to speak with a truck accident lawyer who will work relentlessly to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver negligence and violations of federal and state trucking regulations are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents. Any of the following causes of truck accidents may be grounds for legal action. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact a lawyer from our law firm for a free case review.
- Failure to properly maintain vehicle, including tires and brakes
- Exhaustion from long operating hours
- Driving recklessly or speeding
- Improperly loading the truck
- Inadequate training
- Failure to install blind sport mirrors
- Cell phone usage
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Tailgating behind another vehicle
Any reckless or illegal action by a truck driver or third party that results in an accident can be justification for filing a civil suit. Depending on the specific details of the accident, any of the following parties may be held liable:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Manufacturers, designers, or distributors of defective truck equipment
- Truck loading company
- Government agency in the event of a road defect
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one is seeking legal counsel, contact our West Virginia office. A truck accident lawyer with extensive experience in personal injury litigation can help ensure your legal rights are protected.