Responsive Virginia Attorneys Who Understand Trucking Accidents
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Accidents involving large commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers, have the potential to cause extraordinary injuries and property damages. If you believe the negligence of a truck driver, trucking company or another entity was responsible for your crash, turn to the experienced lawyers at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. Our Virginia attorneys are skilled litigators who have years of real-world experience, delivering responsive service and personalized attention to each client who seeks our advice. If you could use the help of a knowledgeable legal professional who knows how to handle the special circumstances of trucking accident cases, meet with a member of our respected team.
Why do commercial truck accidents happen?
Tractor-trailers and other large trucks are complex and involve a lot of moving parts. It takes a high level of skill to operate and maintain these vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. The following are some of the common causes of trucking accidents in Virginia:
- Driver fatigue: Truck drivers often must spend hours upon hours on the road, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving. There are strict regulations on how long an operator may drive before resting for at least 10 hours, but drivers and companies sometimes violate these rules to meet tight shipping deadlines.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who text or talk on a cell phone, or who engage in other forms of distraction, do not have the same reaction times as motorists who are at full attention. Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous (and unnecessary) risk that some truck drivers take.
- Drunk driving: It’s incredibly irresponsible to operate any type of vehicle while intoxicated, including a large commercial truck. Truck drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are much more likely to cause serious accidents.
- Overloaded trucks: Tractor-trailers that are too heavy or have imbalanced loads are much more likely to lose control, often resulting in jack-knifing or rollover crashes. Trucking and shipping companies need to ensure they safely load their trailers to avoid these potential hazards.
- Poor maintenance: Trucking companies also have a serious responsibility to properly maintain their rigs, performing regular safety checks and fixing any problems before allowing their drivers to hit the road. Blown tires, engine problems and brake failures are all common contributors to trucking crashes.
There may be several different parties at fault for your accident, so be sure to consult a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handing these types of injury claims. We investigate the circumstances of your accident, determining fault and seeking compensation on your behalf to cover your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
An established trucking accident injury law firm
After a serious trucking accident in Virginia, work with the experienced personal injury lawyers at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. right away. We have offices in Charlottesville, Lake Monticello and Harrisonburg. Set up your free initial consultation by calling 434-973-7474 or by contacting us online.