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.
Trucking Company Negligence
Some Signs of Trucking Company Negligence Include:
-Unsafe or Poorly Maintained Vehicles
-Negligent Planning and Scheduling
-Failure to Provide Proper Training and/or Oversight of Drivers
-Negligent Hiring Practices (Including Hiring Inexperienced or Dangerous Drivers)
-Failure to Conduct Background Checks
-Failure to Conduct Drug Testing and Ongoing Evaluations
-Oversize and Overweight Loading by Third Parties
Who Is Responsible for My Injuries?
Operators of commercial trucks and the trucking companies that employ them are held to high safety standards under West Virginia and federal law, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Act. When these parties fail to adhere to these standards, they may be found liable for their role in causing your losses, including pain and suffering. In fact, a claim can be made against any party whose actions or negligence contributed to an accident resulting in serious injury or death. Liable parties may include the truck driver (employee), the trucking company (employer), the truck owner, and the truck manufacturer. In addition, other individuals and entities that may share responsibility for causing the accident include loaders, maintenance personnel, and mechanics, depending on the facts and circumstances of the accident. At Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law, our legal team holds all liable parties accountable.
Maximum Financial Compensation for Injuries and Wrongful Death In Morgantown
Determining responsibility and legal liability in cases involving commercial truck drivers can be quite complex. To ensure that your claim is properly handled, and preserve your right to secure just compensation, it is essential to hire an attorney with the skill and knowledge to provide effective legal representation for your personal injury or wrongful death claim. At Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law in Morgantown, our experienced truck accident lawyers take action immediately to preserve evidence for your case. We apply our extensive knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations for our clients’ benefit. In addition, our clients’ cases are prepared with full access to the vast resources of our firm, including professional accident re-constructionists, medical professionals, mechanical engineers, and other experts. At Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law, we determine the precise cause of the accident, identify all responsible parties, and aggressively pursue the maximum financial compensation allowed by law from all at-fault parties. Our firm knows exactly what your case is worth – and we will fight to get every penny you deserve.
Contact Angotti & Straface Attorneys at Law: (304) 292-4381.
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