Truck accidents can be far more devastating and complicated than a car accident. Trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than a car, making it more likely for an accident to result in significant injuries and possibly fatalities. If you have suffered serious injuries or have lost a loved one due to a truck accident, speak to a highly knowledgeable Fairfax truck accident lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. We offer free consultations, contact our office today so we may discuss your case.
The most common causes of truck accidents involve driver error:
Truck drivers usually have to meet strict deadlines and will drive long hours in order to do so. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) requires truck drivers to log working hours and breaks, but some truckers falsify their logs and continue to drive although exhausted.
In order to cope with job demands and lifestyle, some truckers may turn to drugs or alcohol and drive while under the influence.
Other vehicles on the road are in danger when a truck driver performs improper lane changes, fails to yield, drives aggressively, used a cellphone, adjusts the radio, eats while driving, or misjudges a stopping distance.
Other causes of truck accidents include unsafe or unsecured loads, overweight trailers, hazardous cargo, defects with a truck’s design, and failing to or improperly maintaining a truck.
The common types of injuries a truck accident victim may suffer from are:
Whether you are recovering from moderate injuries or facing a permanent disability, the physical and psychological repercussions of a truck accident can be severe. You may be out of work for a long period of time or work may no longer be an option for you, causing an additional financial burden. You may be able to be compensated for these types of damages:
Depending on the circumstances surrounding truck accidents, there are multiple parties who may be liable for any injuries caused, including:
A truck accident attorney will take quick action to investigate the collision, which is critical to the process of identifying all liable parties and to the success of your case. All evidence will be gathered on your behalf and reviewed so that the cause can be determined. If multiple parties are liable, it can be extremely stressful to deal with several insurance companies at once. Your attorney will negotiate with each one, individually, and work towards obtaining fair settlements on your behalf. If negotiations are unsuccessful, an experienced trial attorney will file suit and pursue compensation for you in court.
We have the legal knowledge and track record to successfully handle your truck accident claim. Discuss your case with a highly experienced truck accident lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today. Call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.