Accidents With Commercial Trucks And Construction Vehicles
Injuries suffered in accidents with semis, construction vehicles and other commercial trucks are often severe and life-changing. An 18-wheeler pulling an empty trailer weighs roughly 35,000 pounds; with a full trailer, it can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When an 80,000-pound semi collides with a 3,500-pound passenger vehicle, even low-speed accidents can be traumatic.
Most larger trucking companies have a system in place to deal with motor vehicle accidents immediately after they happen. Some companies send a team of specialists to the scene of the accident as soon as the accident is reported to immediately start investigating the scene, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. If you get injured in an accident with a semi or other commercial truck, your potential claim may already be a step behind the trucking company while you’re on your way to the hospital.
Holding Every Negligent Party Responsible
Insurance claims for accidents involving commercial trucks are more complex than claims involving two passenger vehicles. Error on the part of the truck driver may be the cause of an accident, but fault may also be attributed to a poorly maintained truck, equipment failure or improperly loaded cargo. Accident claims often involve seeking compensation from more than one party. Hiring an attorney with experience processing complex commercial truck accident claims is the best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Get The Help Of An Experienced Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a commercial truck, Virginia law places a two-year statute of limitations on filing a claim. However, I recommend you call my office as soon as possible to improve our chances of finding witnesses and gathering evidence. Call SLH Law, PLLC, at 804-282-1212 or fill out my online contact form to set up an initial consultation.