Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Victims of Complex Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Practicing in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia
In 2017, approximately 107,000 large trucks were involved in injury accidents and 4,237 in fatality accidents.1 Occupants in the large trucks accounted for 841 fatalities that year, but total fatalities for large truck crashes were 4,761. That means the occupants of the passenger vehicle or the biker involved in a large truck accident were about 5.7 times more likely to be a fatality.
Other vehicles on the road simply can’t compete with a semi-truck’s weight and momentum. When motorists are involved in an accident with a large truck, chances are high they will suffer an injury or lose their life. When injuries do occur, they’re often traumatic in nature, leaving the injured party with a permanent disability, disfigurement or a lifetime of additional medical costs.
Unlike car and motorcycle crashes, accidents involving tractor-trailers are not only more catastrophic, but they also involve the trucking company, numerous state and federal regulations, and employment law. Thanks to our decades of experience in highway crashes and cases involving big rigs, we have developed a leading expertise on how to pursue at-fault drivers and trucking companies for maximum reward.
There’s a Fundamental Difference in a Personal Injury Case Involving a Commercial Driver
If you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident or motorcycle accident with another motorist on the road, oftentimes your only recourse is going after the responsible driver’s insurance company. When the other vehicle is a truck being driven by a commercial driver, there are multiple potential defendants to pursue for compensation. Both the truck driver and the truck company could be liable in your accident. If a defective part was partially to blame for the crash the manufacturer of that part could be liable. The company that loaded the truck’s cargo may have done so improperly, making them liable as well.
Why Should You Consider Hiring a Motorcycle and Truck Accident Attorney?
From a vehicular standpoint there’s not much trucks and motorcycles have in common other than having wheels and an engine, but the types of injuries involved are frequently similar.
That’s why many injury victims and the families of people who have suffered a wrongful death due to a semi-truck accident frequently turn to personal injury attorneys who truly understand catastrophic injury cases.
We have offices throughout the southeast and are proud to fight for the compensation our neighbors deserve when they’re injured by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, whether they’re driving a truck, a car or driving while intoxicated.
We’re not one of those law firms that goes for broke on settlement negotiations with the insurance company. If you’re not being offered a fair settlement, you can trust your Motorcycle Law Group lawyer to take your case to court and fight hard for the compensation you and your family need to recover.
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents Are Our Focus
Working with attorneys who understand the truck accident investigation process is often vital when you’re involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle. The truck company and their insurance providers know they have a lot on the line, which is why it’s important to have an attorney take action as soon as possible.
When you’re involved in a truck accident:
- Make sure a police report is filed
- DON’T sign anything offered to you by the truck company or their insurance provider
- Work with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure no evidence is destroyed
You would think a truck company would be legally required to retain any evidence that could be vital to legal proceedings. That is unfortunately not the case. The statute of limitations in most states for filing a personal injury claim is two years. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration only requires trucking companies to hold on to driver logs for six months. Other evidence, such as a truck’s GPS or black box information can also conveniently “disappear.”
When you work with an accident lawyer who knows truck accidents, they can take steps, like immediately sending a spoliation letter, to ensure all relevant evidence pertaining to your accident is preserved.
Experienced accident attorneys know how to investigate crashes, review evidence, interview witnesses, and work with experts to build a clear case that demonstrates who was responsible for your accident. The Motorcycle Law Group is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a FREE Consultation with a Local Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer
When trucks crash, the effect is often devastating for people and property, resulting in severe lifelong injuries or death. Crashes can also take an emotional and financial toll on victims and their families, the pain from which can be lessened in part by a monetary award.
If you or someone you know has been involved a truck crash, reach out to the skilled trucking accident attorneys of McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller.
Contact one of our tractor-trailer accident lawyers and let us fight for you.