Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, nearly 10% of all motor vehicle fatalities occur as the result of a commercial vehicle accident. The Center for Disease Control reports that 65% of on-the-job deaths for truck drivers were the result of a trucking accident. As one of the major corridors linking Washington, D.C. to the southern United States, as well as a major military transportation hub, Virginia has seen heavy increases in commercial vehicle traffic over the past decade and the numbers will likely only continue to increase. Unfortunately, this may mean an increase in truck accidents, as well.

Virginia Trucking Regulations

Due to an abundance of federally maintained highways in Virginia, trucking restrictions vary throughout the Commonwealth and are sometimes controlled by the National Park Service. Virginia further provides ad-hoc restrictions based on weather conditions and has specific trucking regulations for commercial vehicles traveling through one of Virginia’s six state-owned tunnels. For example, due to the length of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and its proximity to the world’s largest naval base, trucks with hazardous freight are banned.

Causes of Truck Accidents in the Commonwealth

Virginia reports that the majority of all large truck crashes occur as the result of Virginia traffic violations, which include the following:

  • Failure to yield;
  • Following too closely;
  • Improper lane change;
  • Improper turns, and
  • Excessive speed.

One common type of truck accident is know as an “underride” collision, which occurs when a smaller vehicle gets caught underneath a tractor-trailer. Underride collisions are typically caused when a truck driver stops short, and they have one of the highest truck accident fatality rates.

Reacting to your Virginia Truck Accident

One of the last things many drivers consider immediately after they have been involved in a serious truck, semi-truck, or eighteen-wheeler accident is documentation. However, if the scene is safe and there are no injuries, it is important to take the following steps in order to preserve your legal rights by taking pictures of the following:

  • The scene of the accident, including street signs;
  • The license plates of the vehicles involved;
  • The damage to the vehicles;
  • Any debris located at the scene, and
  • Any skid marks or road obstructions.

However, do not allow another driver to take pictures of your license or vehicle registration, as your personal information may be at risk.

Why Hire an Experienced Virginia Truck Accident Attorney

With the federal, state, municipal, and sometimes military trucking regulations throughout Virginia, consult only a qualified truck accident attorney if you have been involved in a Virginia truck crash. Commercial vehicle drivers are not subject to the same regulations as those operating small passenger vehicles, and you may be entitled to compensation from a truck driver, trucking company, or corporation if the accident was caused by a legal violation. Do not sacrifice essential aspects of your case by consulting a law firm without trucking experience. Instead, make sure that you hire an attorney with extensive knowledge of truck accident cases so that you can receive the most favorable results possible.

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TRUCK ACCIDENT EXPERIENCE

Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.

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LITIGATION STRATEGY

With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.

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n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.

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