Commercial trucking collisions are not “accidents”

The size, weight and force of a moving tractor trailer can make truck accidents disastrous, often resulting in serious bodily injury and death.  Truck accidents are more complex than automobile accident cases and it is recommended that if you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, you consult an experienced truck accident attorney who has the knowledge and resources necessary to fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve. If the representation that you hire does not understand the different between truck accidents and car accidents, your chances of winning in court or reaching a settlement are drastically decreased.

Investigating and proving the cause of a truck-related accident requires a different process, compared to cases that involve a typical car accident.  While there are numerous laws that govern all cars and drivers on the roads, commercial truckers and their companies are subject to complicated professional regulations. Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than vehicle drivers and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures.  It is essential to hire an attorney to investigate and determine if there have been any violations of laws or rules, and if so, to collect the necessary evidence with which to build a case.

An important part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault, which starts with determining the cause of the accident.  Common causes of truck accidents include:  driver fatigue, unreasonable schedules, improperly loaded or overloaded trucks, defective equipment, poorly maintained truck, lack of driving training and experience, intoxication, dangerous weather conditions, and excessive speeds.  Figuring out who is responsible is often a difficult task.  There can be multiple responsible parties including:  truck driver, trucking company, equipment manufacturers, other negligent drivers, and governmental entities.

A skilled West Virginia truck accident firm, such as Preston & Salango, can analyze the case to prove that the driver of the truck or the trucking company acted negligently and is at fault for the accident by:

  • Checking the vehicle maintenance
  • Analyzing the driving logs
  • Authenticating the driver’s credentials
  • Identifying any relevant manufacturer recalls and defects
  • Gathering police reports
  • Investigating the scene of the incident
  • Scrutinizing photographs
  • Gathering witness statements

To successfully pursue a truck accident lawsuit, it will require extensive research and understanding of state and federal trucking regulations. That is why you will need an experienced attorney that handles truck accidents.  Preston & Salango has prosecuted cases against trucking companies and have recovered millions of dollars for the injured. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, give our firm a call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case.

Contact Our Semi Truck Accident Lawyers. Establishing the cause of a trucking accident requires experienced lawyers. Preston & Salango is here to help and get results. We have recovered millions of dollars for the victims of 18-wheeler accidents.

Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.

Categories: Car Accidents, Personal Injury