Experienced Attorney Represents You After a Lynchburg Truck Accident

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If you've been injured in a truck accident in central Virginia, you need the dedication and knowledge offered by Straw Law Firm, PLLC in Lynchburg. Our lawyer helps people throughout our community with injury claims stemming from jackknifes, tire blowouts and other types of 18-wheeler truck crashes. We're known for the skilled representation we provide and our commitment to protecting our clients' rights to compensation. Whether that means negotiating with insurance companies or taking your case to court, you can have confidence that our attorney will be there for you, every step of the way.

What causes truck accidents?

Commercial trucks make up a significant portion of highway traffic, and while drivers are trained, accidents happen all the time. The causes of trucking crashes vary, but due to their sheer size and weight, the effects can be catastrophic. The following are some common accident factors:

  • Drug use. About 25 percent of 18-wheeler accidents are the result of prescription drug or illicit drug use by drivers of both trucks and other motor vehicles.
  • Speeding. Speed is also a prevalent factor in many truck accidents. The force of impact from an 80,000-pound 18-wheel truck is even more deadly when vehicles are traveling too fast.
  • Unfamiliar roads. Many truck drivers are unfamiliar with the roads they travel, which may cause accidents when the terrain changes in an unexpected way.
  • Fatigue. Drivers work long hours, and it is not surprising that they often become fatigued. While it is actually not the most common cause of truck accidents, as many assume, being tired does still contribute to many crashes every year.
  • Distracted driving . With the widespread use of cell phones, drivers today are more distracted than ever. Distracted drivers cause a significant amount of trucking accidents each year, including many resulting in serious injury.
  • Maneuvering difficulty. When another driver on the road makes a mistake or a truck encounters an unexpected highway hazard, truck drivers cannot always respond as readily as operators of smaller vehicles. Because 18-wheelers have a propensity to jackknife - when a trailer swings around at a 90-degree angle to the truck and skids - these accidents can be especially dangerous.
  • Mechanical failures. When a vehicle on the highway has a mechanical failure, such as a tire blowout or defective brakes, it affects the rest of the vehicles on the road.

Who is liable for an 18-wheeler crash?

When determining fault in an accident involving a semi-truck, there are several parties who may responsible. The truck driver, the truck's owner, the person or company that leased the truck, the manufacturer of the truck or its parts, the loader or shipper of the truck's cargo, or another driver on the road may have contributed to the crash in some way. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's trucking regulations are instrumental in determining liability. Under federal laws, any company that owns a trucking permit is responsible for all accidents involving a truck that displays its name.

Consult a skilled trucking accident lawyer right away

After a serious truck accident in the Lynchburg area, speak with the dedicated injury attorney at Straw Law Firm, PLLC. We offer appointments after regular business hours upon request. Our office is accessible by public transportation, and on-street parking is available. For a free initial consultation, call 434-338-7092 or contact us online.