Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, coal trucks, logging trucks, and other large trucks dwarf small passenger vehicles. On major highways and at higher speeds, driving errors can result in catastrophe and even fatality when a large truck is involved.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, determining the cause of the accident may be difficult. An experienced truck accident lawyer in West Virginia can gather evidence and work with experts to understand the cause of your accident and file claims against the responsible parties. In addition your West Virginia trucking accident law firm can examine whether there has been compliance with specific laws and regulations that apply to trucks and truckers.
Truck drivers are required to have the proper commercial license to drive specific rigs, and they are required to know and adhere to special federal, state, and local regulations. The appropriate license must be in effect, and the truck and its equipment must have been inspected and properly maintained. All truckers, regardless of what type of truck, whether it be a semi truck or tractor trailer, must also comply with regulations for mandated rest breaks, and must take necessary precautions to avoid reckless or careless driving that can lead to accidents such as a rollover. Slowing a rig takes skill and experience. The truck must not be over-loaded, and its tires must be maintained and changed regularly. When a truck driver is pressured to meet a deadline to deliver goods, the driver may engage in excessive speeding that can cause a serious accident. And sometimes the trucking company may cut corners on safety to increase profits.
Truck accident law firms in West Virginia know how to seek out and examine logbooks and GPS data, black box and/or engine computers. This is necessary may be necessary to understand the actions of the driver and other parties involved, and to prove negligence caused your injury.
Because of these different factors and causes of truck accidents, collisions, accidents, and wrecks involving trucks require legal knowledge and skills that go beyond those needed to represent a party to an average car accident. An experienced West Virginia trucking law firm knows how to evaluate, analyze, and prove your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured, there is no time to waste. You need an experienced personal injury attorney working on your behalf immediately. At Charleston's DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC, we represent truck accident victims throughout West Virginia. Contact us today for a free consultation and evaluation of your claim.
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