Tractor Trailor Accidents
Northern Virginia Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
Semis and other commercial vehicles often dwarf most other vehicles on the road. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds. When a vehicle of that size and weight is traveling at highway speeds, any collision is likely to produce catastrophic, or even fatal, injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (paraplegia, quadriplegia, partial paralysis)
- Broken bones
Creating Accountability, Securing Full Compensation
Securing compensation for the injuries you suffered in a tractor trailer accident requires a thorough investigation of the exact causes of the accident. Tractor trailer accidents can be very complex. It is important that a thorough investigation is conducted to identify all of the responsible parties. Everyone who contributed to the accident needs to be held accountable and needs to provide compensation.
Our firm is highly experienced in uncovering the causes of trucking accidents, including:
- Overloaded and unbalanced trucks. Trucks are tapped mostly to deliver products from point A to point B. There are cases in which the truck is overloaded or unbalanced. Take note that the size of this vehicle magnifies any force exerted. So if it encounters high winds or strong centripetal force, it might result in some serious accidents.
- Driving under the influence. Another common cause of truck accidents is driving while intoxicated. Driving and maneuvering a vehicle with a weight of 80,000 pounds is challenging in itself already. If the driver happens to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is highly probable that an accident will take place.
- Driver fatigue (pressure from the trucking company, drivers pushing themselves, etc.)
Other reasons include speeding; defective parts or equipment; improper maintenance; and defective road design or construction.
Who is to Blame in a Tractor Trailer Accident in Northern Virginia?
As in the case of most vehicle accidents, the blaming game is also rampant in tractor trailer accidents. To prevent this, you must take the following factors into account:
- Are there defects in the truck itself? (the manufacturer could be at fault)
- Are there faulty repairs done to the vehicle? (the mechanic could be at fault)
- Is the driver truly negligent and careless? (the driver could be at fault)
- Did the truck undergo proper maintenance? (the employer could be at fault)
What to Do If you are Involved in a Tractor Trailer Accident in Northern Virginia
With tractor trailer accidents, the damages are often severe and injuries fatal. The investigation process is also generally time consuming.
If you are involved in a truck accident, here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Seek medical help or treatment ASAP
- Gather evidence (e.g. take a photo of the incident if you can, take a snapshot of the immediate injuries)
- Identify witnesses and get their basic information including their name and phone number.
- Get the name of the truck driver and the police officers at the scene of the accident
- Trust your lawyer to do the discussions or negotiations. Let us gather and consolidate evidence to establish fault. This is very important especially if you want to be properly compensated. If you engage in discussions with the other party on your own, it might lead to an agreement that would not be advantageous to you.
Dealing with a tractor trailer accident or any vehicular accident is never easy. But you can trust our team of Northern Virginia tractor trailer accident attorneys at The Avery Law Firm, and you can rest assured that we will work very hard to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
Experience Makes the Difference
At The Avery Law Firm, we are here to help those injured in trucking accidents. We know what is at stake for people who have been hurt, and we put all of our efforts into securing the best possible results so that you will have what you need now and in the future.
When you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury, turn to The Avery Law Firm. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 703-462-5050 today.