Truck Accident

Multiple Parties May Be Liable After Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 1st, 2018

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a truck accident, you may be ready to file a claim for compensation to recoup your medical bills and lost wages. But unlike auto accidents where single drivers are often responsible for the crashes, truck accidents can have many liable parties. That’s because the usage of big trucks in commercial activities involves many people and companies.

The parties that can be held liable after truck accidents include:

  • Truck drivers—Driving at or below the speed limit, not driving while distracted or impaired, following all traffic laws, and complying with rest and time-off requirements are all mandatory for truck drivers. When they violate those requirements, they can cause crashes.
  • Truck companies—The businesses that use trucks to transport goods are responsible for making sure they’re loaded properly, safely, and in accordance with federal regulations. But some truck companies violate regulations to increase profits, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Truck owners—The people who drive or use trucks don’t always own them. But truck owners are still responsible for making sure their vehicles are safe to drive and well maintained. When they don’t uphold that responsibility, their trucks can become unreliable and unsafe.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we have assisted many people who were hurt in truck crashes. We know how to gather evidence to find out who was at fault in your truck accident, and we’re ready to fight to get you maximum compensation. Call a Roanoke truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation.

Insurance Companies Aggressively Fight Against Paying Truck Accident Settlements

by Staff Blogger | September 20th, 2018

When someone is hurt in an auto accident and pursues a compensation claim against the other driver’s insurance company, they may face an uphill battle. But unless the injuries are catastrophic, insurance companies often cede to victims and offer settlements—especially when victims have lawyers on their side.

But truck accidents are different. That’s because the insurance policies associated with commercial trucks are often several times larger than those associated with passenger vehicles. Naturally, insurance companies don’t want to pay the money involved in those policies to victims, and that means they fight even more aggressively to reduce or deny valid claims.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we deal with overzealous and aggressive insurance companies every day, but their truly combative nature comes out when they’re facing claims from truck accident victims. Because insurance companies pull out all the stops to avoid paying settlements to those victims, it’s beneficial to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a truck accident, you need a legal advocate who understands the trucking industry and both state and federal laws concerning truck drivers, truck companies, and truck owners. Our legal team knows the ins and outs of the industry and the laws pertaining to it, and there’s nothing the insurance company can throw at us that we haven’t seen many times in the past.

Trust our experience and our track record of success. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us go to work for you.

Truck Industry Violations Can Lead to Serious Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 9th, 2018

Big trucks are essential parts of the modern U.S. economy. They’re responsible for transporting consumer goods thousands of miles, coast to coast, every day. But because of our nation’s dependence on those goods, trucks are becoming more and more common on highways and interstates—and that can create an increased risk of accidents.

In response to the threats that big trucks pose to other motorists, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation, created a list of requirements and regulations for the industry. Those rules apply to all parties involved in the industry, including truck drivers, owners, and companies.

However, those requirements and regulations are sometimes at odds with profits, and that means they’re ignored or violated. When FMCSA rules are broken and accidents occur, victims can file claims for compensation for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages.

Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm can review your truck accident for the following industry violations:

  • Unqualified driver—Truck drivers in the U.S. must hold valid commercial driver licenses as well as certifications for oversized and specialized loads.
  • Overloaded trailer—Trucks have weight limits on Virginia and U.S. roadways, but some trucks are overloaded to increase profits.
  • Poorly maintained truck—Trucks are designed to drive for hundreds of thousands of miles, but they still need regular maintenance to ensure they’re safe on the road.

If your truck accident involved an FMCSA violation, we’re ready to pursue maximum compensation for you and your loved ones. Call us today for a free consultation.

Don’t Make These Post-Truck Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | June 14th, 2018

It’s common for truck accident victims to face long roads to recovery, complete with expensive medical bills and weeks, months, or even years without steady income due to disabling injuries.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers have helped many victims during this difficult process, and we know that it can be tiring, frustrating, and nerve-wracking. But we also know that it’s a sensitive process, and insurance companies are always looking for ways to reduce or deny payments to innocent victims like you.

Some of the most common reasons that claims are reduced or denied are due to seemingly minor mistakes victims make in the aftermaths of their crashes. Some of those mistakes include:

  • Waiting too long to get medical treatment—Injuries aren’t always obvious after crashes, and sometimes it takes a while for them to show up. But victims should always get medical attention right away after crashes. In addition to treating known injuries, it also rules out internal injuries and creates valuable evidence in the form of medical records.
  • Waiting too long to call a lawyer—Truck accidents can involve multiple parties, and levels of responsibility may be shared among them. But when victims wait too long to begin pursuing their claims, evidence may disappear, making it difficult to determine who caused their crashes. In addition, statutes of limitations may expire when victims don’t act quickly.

With our experienced legal team on your side, you won’t have to worry about small mistakes costing you the money you need to move forward with your life. It’s our goal to handle everything for you while you focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Common Truck Accident Injuries

by Staff Blogger | April 26th, 2018

When tractor trailers are involved in crashes with smaller passenger vehicles, the outcome is often painful, disabling, and even life-threatening for drivers and occupants inside those sedans, SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks.

The trucking industry is heavily regulated to make big trucks as safe as possible on Virginia’s highways and interstates, but government-mandated guidelines aren’t always followed. Truck drivers don’t always adhere to mandatory rest periods, truck owners don’t always maintain their vehicles, and truck companies don’t always load their trucks evenly and safely.

When negligence occurs on the part of the people or companies involved with big trucks, serious injuries can occur, including:

  1. Brain injuries — Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range from concussions to more severe injuries that can be life-threatening and profoundly disabling. Truck accident victims can suffer TBIs from both direct impacts and from the sheer force of the accidents themselves.
  2. Broken bone injuries — Every part of the body is vulnerable during truck accidents, and victims may suffer from multiple broken bones. Compound fractures, especially those involving large bones like the femur, can be life-threatening.
  3. Soft tissue injuries — Muscles, joints, ligaments, and even nerves are all highly vulnerable during truck accidents. Some of the most debilitating crash-related injuries involve damage to soft tissue, and they can cause permanent disability and pain.

Those are just a few common injuries victims can suffer during truck crashes. If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash involving a semi truck, get in touch with a Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm. We’ll do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer After a Truck Accident?

by Staff Blogger | February 22nd, 2018

If you’re involved in any type of auto accident where injuries or property damage over $1,000 in value occur, you’re required by Virginia state law to contact the police. You also may face the dilemma of determining who was at fault for the crash, but neither you nor the other driver are willing to budge on your viewpoints of what happened.

In other words, car accidents are complicated. Truck accidents can be even more complicated, as they involve all of the factors above in addition to three parties who may be responsible for trucks: truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve helped many truck accident victims pursue maximum compensation. Having an experienced attorney on your side after a truck accident can be beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Truck accidents often involve multiple parties. Because there are so many parties involved in truck accidents, trying to get compensation alone can be an uphill battle for many victims. Having a law firm on your side can help level the playing field when you’re going up against truck drivers, owners, and companies, as well as their insurance companies.
  • Getting full compensation for truck accident injuries can be difficult. Big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which increases the likelihood that victims will suffer serious injuries during a truck accident. If you were seriously hurt in a truck accident, you may need expensive medical care, and an attorney is ready to fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Don’t leave your family’s future up to chance. A Roanoke truck accident lawyer is ready to get to work for you. Call today for a free consultation.

Tips for Driving Near Big Trucks

by Staff Blogger | January 18th, 2018

Even the largest pickup truck or SUV is no match for a tractor trailer on Virginia’s roadways. Large passenger vehicles may weigh between 6,000 and 7,000 pounds, while fully-loaded big rigs can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. That’s why it’s vital to do everything you can do to avoid an accident while sharing the road with these massive vehicles.

Each time you drive near a tractor trailer, you can follow these tips to keep yourself and others on the road safe:

  • Stay out of tractor trailers’ blind spots. Truck drivers have multiple large blind spots that make it difficult for them to survey the areas near their cabins and trailers. Avoiding the areas directly underneath the driver and passenger side doors, in front of the cabin, and behind the trailer will help you stay visible to the driver.
  • Don’t pass and then slow down. Because of their enormous weight, trucks are often much slower to accelerate and get up to normal highway speeds than other vehicles. That causes drivers to pass them. However, passing a big truck in heavy traffic or in situations where you need to immediately stop is dangerous, as semi trucks have much longer stopping distances than cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs.

Those tips can help you reduce your risks, but they can’t prevent the negligence of truck drivers, companies, and owners and the roles they play in accidents.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a truck accident, it may have been due to an industry violation. A Roanoke truck accident lawyer wants to investigate and prepare a claim that’s designed to help you get compensation. Call Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Who Can Be Held Responsible After a Truck Accident?

by Staff Blogger | December 14th, 2017

Truck accidents aren’t just dangerous for the drivers and passengers involved—they’re also legally complex. Pursuing compensation after a truck accident can be a difficult task for victims and their families, as multiple parties may share some of the blame for the crash. To make matters worse, trucking companies are often protected by big insurance companies and legal teams, leaving many victims with little to no recourse if they try to obtain damages on their own.

We know how complicated truck crashes can be, but an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm wants to help. When we take truck accident cases, the first thing we’ll do is collect evidence to determine who can be held responsible. There are four parties who are often at fault for truck accidents:

  1. The truck driver – Truck drivers can cause accidents when they violate traffic laws, drive while distracted, or drive while sleepy and fatigued.
  2. The truck owner – Semi trucks must be maintained regularly. When truck owners fail to repair and replace worn out parts, the truck may not function properly, and drivers can lose control.
  3. The truck company – Truck companies are responsible for providing safe working conditions for drivers and for complying with federal regulations.
  4. Another driver – Not all truck accidents are the fault of anyone associated with a truck. In some cases, trucks are involved in crashes because of the careless behaviors of other drivers.

Our legal team knows how to quickly and accurately determine who can be held liable for your crash. In many cases, two or more parties may be at fault, and we won’t hesitate to make sure the insurance company knows who was responsible when we build a claim.

Get the experienced legal representation you and your loved ones deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Common Oversights That Cause Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 2nd, 2017

Although the trucking industry is tightly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), not all truck drivers, companies, and owners abide by its strict guidelines. Maximizing profits often means ignoring some of the industry’s most important safety restrictions. That can put everyone on the road at risk, including truck drivers and other motorists and their passengers.

If you were injured in a truck accident, a truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm is here for you. We know that almost everyone in the trucking industry can play a role in accidents and that many crashes involve negligent acts or oversights such as:

  • Intoxicated or impaired driving – The FMCSA strictly regulates both alcohol and drug use in the trucking industry. Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence are dangers to themselves and to others.
  • Negligent truck maintenance – Truck owners are responsible for keeping their vehicles in good condition and regularly servicing parts such as brakes and tires. When they fail to do so, trucks can be more difficult to drive, and drivers may lose control.
  • Lack of driver training – The FMCSA requires that truck drivers hold valid commercial driver’s licenses and complete training courses with a minimum number of hours behind the wheel. But to quickly onboard new drivers, some trucking companies overlook those requirements.

With many years of experience investigating truck accidents and pursuing compensation claims for victims, our legal team knows how to identify negligent practices on behalf of truck drivers, owners, and companies. If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can Truck Drivers Cause Tractor Trailer Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 26th, 2017

When a big rig is involved in a crash, there can be many contributing factors. Another driver may have pulled out in front of it, the trucking company may have overloaded the truck, the truck owner may have failed to perform routine maintenance, or the road conditions may have been dangerous.

And while those are all common factors of truck accidents, driver error remains one of the leading causes of tractor trailer crashes. Driving a truck that’s 50-feet in length and weighs up to 80,000 pounds requires concentration, focus, and intensive training. In addition to those requirements, truck drivers are also under pressure to make their deliveries on time.

Unfortunately, some truck drivers engage in dangerous driving behaviors to meet industry demands. Many truck accidents are caused by the following two industry violations:

  • Driving while fatigued – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive per week or without taking a day off or stopping to rest. If they exceed those limitations, they can put themselves and others at risk.
  • Driving while impaired – Truck drivers also may use intoxicating substances, including alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications while they’re behind the wheel. Those substances can impair their driving abilities, making them more prone to causing crashes.

When a Virginia truck accident lawyer helps people who were hurt in tractor trailer crashes, they gather evidence that helps prove the truck driver, company, or owner was at fault. Then, they do everything they can to help the client get compensation.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, don’t wait another minute to get the legal representation you deserve. Call Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.