Richmond Trucking Accidents Attorney
Because of the vast size difference between semi-trucks and other road users, collisions with trucks almost always cause serious injuries to occupants of passenger vehicles, and nonoccupants such as pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, 67 percent of victims killed in truck collisions are passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users, while just 16 percent of truck fatalities are truck drivers, according to the Insurance Information Institute. As a victim of a truck collision, the trucking company owes you significant compensation for your injuries. Our Richmond trucking accident attorneys here at MichieHamlett have handled countless truck collision cases, and can secure fair compensation for you.
Five Common Causes of Trucking Collisions
- Distracted Driving—Distracted driving is a serious problem among all drivers, including truck drivers. Examples of distracted driving include using a cell phone for any purpose, talking hands free on a device, watching videos or TV, eating and drinking, reaching for objects, staring out the window, daydreaming, and using GPS.
- Aggressive Driving, Including Speeding—Speeding, tailgating, cutting others off, speeding up to block another driver from passing, and quickly switching lanes are examples of aggressive driving that are likely to increase the odds of a collision.
- Improperly Loaded Cargo—When trucks are loaded with too much cargo, or the cargo is not properly distributed or strapped down, problems are likely to arise. Improperly loaded cargo can make the truck more difficult to maneuver, increase the chance of a rollover, or lead to objects falling off the truck and causing crashes behind.
- Fatigued Driving / Falling Asleep—It is estimated that drowsy driving or fatigued driving is involved in around 21 percent of all crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. This number is even higher among truck drivers, who often drive double digit hour shifts multiple days in a row. The truck’s Black Box may reveal whether the truck driver violated regulations by driving over the federal hourly limit.
- Negligent Truck Maintenance—Improper maintenance, such as failure to replace the brakes or tires, can lead to truck collisions. While the driver themselves may not have been at fault for negligent maintenance, the trucking company is.
In order to hold the truck driver and company accountable, you must be able to prove that the driver or company was negligent in some way, which is where an attorney becomes invaluable.
Damages in a Truck Collision
Trucking companies generally have large insurance policies to protect their business assets in the event of a lawsuit. You may be entitled to some or all of the following types of compensation for your damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages and earning ability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life and emotional distress;
- Property damage; and
Call a Richmond Trucking Accident Attorney Today
As an injured victim of a trucking collision, you need to work with an attorney in order to be fairly compensated for your damages. To get started today, call our Richmond trucking accident attorneys at MichieHamlett to schedule a free consultation.