Each year, an average of 450,000 accidents and approximately 4,000 fatalities are attributed to trucking accidents across the United States. In 2017, accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial vehicles resulted in 344,000 serious and catastrophic injuries according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Although there is no doubt that the at-fault driver of any tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle involved in an accident is liable for your personal injuries, property damage, and other losses, claims involving commercial trucks are substantially different from passenger vehicle accidents. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, you may be eligible to pursue significant compensation from all individuals and entities found liable – including the trucking company – if their negligence is found to have contributed to your injuries.
Causes, Liability & The Law
West Virginia’s economy is heavily influenced by commodity extraction and transportation of extracted raw materials such as timber, coal, oil, shale, gas, and other materials. As a result, the roads and highways throughout large portions of rural West Virginia have become exceptionally hazardous. Steep, twisting mountain roads are overburdened with extremely large, heavily weighted commercial vehicles, engines, pumps, and other equipment that is being transported around the state on roads that were not built to handle this type of traffic.