May 7th, 2020
Big trucks are an essential part of the economy. They deliver goods around town or even across the country. But knowing their importance to our daily lives doesn’t make them any less intimidating to drive around.
The largest semi-trucks can be dozens of feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Staying safe around these mammoth vehicles means being seen by their drivers. Unfortunately, big trucks have massive blind spots. Because truck drivers sit so high up off the road compared to drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs, their visibility is limited. It’s reduced even more when they haul long trailers.
The four blind spots that truck drivers must contend with—and that drivers must do their best to avoid—are:
- Directly in front of their cabins—Small vehicles are particularly difficult to see in the areas just a few feet in front of truck cabins.
- Directly behind their trailers—Truck’s mirrors aren’t positioned to provide drivers with visibility behind their trailers.
- Underneath driver side doors—The driver side mirror provides drivers with a good view of the area behind them, but not the area underneath them.
- Underneath and behind passenger side doors—Drivers have even less visibility on their passenger sides, with the blind spot extending from underneath the door to several feet behind it.
Avoiding these “No-Zones” can reduce your risk of a crash, but you may still be vulnerable to negligent truck drivers, companies, or owners. And if you or someone you love is hurt by a negligent party involved with a big truck, our Roanoke truck accident attorneys are here to help. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.
March 26th, 2020
When it comes to personal injury claims, especially those involving vehicles, truck accident claims can be put into a category of their own. That’s because there are no passenger vehicles on Virginia’s roadways that rival the size and weight of big trucks. Fully-loaded tractor-trailers can be 60-plus feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Physics dictates that when they’re involved in crashes with cars, trucks, and SUVs, the occupants of those vehicles are highly likely to suffer serious injuries.
In addition to the serious injuries and subsequent damages that victims can claim, there’s also the aspect of liability. Unlike passenger vehicle crashes, where liability typically falls on a single person, the blame for a truck accident may fall on one of four parties, or in some cases, two or more of those parties. The parties that are typically found liable for at least some or all of truck accidents include:
- Truck drivers—In addition to following traffic laws, truck drivers are also required to follow truck industry guidelines, which cover everything from licensing and training to hours of service and rest periods.
- Truck companies—Companies that utilize trucks to deliver goods must ensure they’re loaded properly. If trucks are loaded in violation of industry standards, they can become dangerous and difficult to control.
- Truck owners—Whether they’re owned by drivers, companies, or third parties, trucks must remain in drivable condition. When they aren’t maintained, trucks are liable to break down and pose threats to their drivers and other motorists.
- Other drivers—Not all truck accidents are caused by parties associated with the trucks themselves. Negligent drivers can crash into trucks or cause truck drivers to swerve to avoid collisions, resulting in secondary crashes.
Because multiple parties may be held liable, it’s essential to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side right away after a truck crash. That’s what Skolrood Law Firm brings to the table. Contact us today for a free consultation.
March 19th, 2020
When it comes to personal injury claims, truck accidents almost belong in a category by themselves. Although they seem similar to accidents involving cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, truck accidents are often significantly more damaging and legally complex. Victims frequently suffer more severe injuries, incur greater damages, and more parties may be considered potentially liable.
Another factor to consider is the sheer number of guidelines and requirements that the U.S. government imposes on the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has many requirements that truck drivers, companies, and owners must follow. Those requirements are in addition to, and often stricter than, ordinary traffic laws.
When investigating a truck accident claim, it’s essential that your legal team understands all FMCSA requirements to know if any were violated. It’s not enough to simply determine if traffic laws were violated, as the FMCSA’s guidelines often so far beyond things like speed limits, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and avoiding distractions.
In addition, proving that negligence occurred is just the first step towards getting compensation. Truck accident claims frequently involve larger settlements than passenger vehicle accidents, and that means insurance companies are even more reluctant to pay fair settlements. To avoid paying, they’ll offer victims lowball payouts, deny their claims altogether, or simply ignore them for weeks or months.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck crash, the Roanoke truck accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm want to help you get your life back to normal. We have the experience and resources to get it done. Contact us today for a free consultation.
January 17th, 2020
Getting compensation after an injury almost always involves some hesitation and pushback by the insurance company. After all, insurance companies wouldn’t post huge profits year after year if they paid out every claim that came their way. But not all claims are treated equally in their eyes, and some are fought more vehemently than others—including truck accident claims.
Because truck accident claims often involve multiple potentially liable parties, including truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies, more money may be at stake. The fact that truck accidents also frequently result in serious injuries means victims may require more compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. And when there’s more money on the line, the legal complexities increase and the insurance company’s tactics become more aggressive.
Without an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side, it’s difficult to be taken seriously by the insurance companies involved, let alone get the money you deserve. Adjusters often count on dealing with unprepared victims who are suffering from serious injuries, and thus unable to properly present their own compensation claims. But that all changes when an attorney is representing that victim.
When you call us, we’ll go right to work collecting evidence to find out who was at fault. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your accident-related expenses. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you every penny you deserve, even if it means taking your claim to trial. Ready to get started? Contact us today.
November 21st, 2019
When you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, you’re required to follow a few important traffic laws, including driving at or below the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, not driving while intoxicated, using your turn signal before turning, and maintaining a lane.
In addition to being required to follow all of those laws, truck drivers must also follow requirements dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). And it’s not just truck drivers who must abide by these stricter rules. Truck owners and companies also must follow the FMCSA’s guidelines, which are designed to make the operation of trucks on U.S. highways and interstates safer for both truck drivers and other motorists.
Examples of FMCSA guidelines include:
- Hours of service limits for drivers—The trucking industry is all about making deliveries on time and maximizing productivity. To generate bigger profits, truck drivers may be pressured into driving for long periods of time, but sleepiness and fatigue can be deadly. The FMCSA requires that truck drivers take regular breaks as well as limits how long they can work in a 24-hour period.
- Maximum weight limits—Truck companies may be tempted to load their trucks with as much cargo as possible to maximize their profits. But doing so can be dangerous, as it can make trucks more difficult to drive and stop. The FMCSA limits how much trucks can weigh when fully loaded.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, it may have been caused by an FMCSA violation. The Roanoke truck accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can investigate the accident and determine its cause, and then we’ll hold the responsible parties liable for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.
October 10th, 2019
Unlike auto accidents where liability is often cut and dry, truck accidents are legally complex. That’s because up to three parties may be responsible for the safe operation of a single truck—the driver, owner, and company using it. When any of those parties fails to uphold their responsibility to safety, the truck may become involved in a serious crash, and they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.
Truck accident claims are complex due to the industry being subject to both normal traffic laws as well as guidelines established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Those guidelines are significantly more restrictive than ordinary traffic laws, and the parties responsible for a truck may be in violation of one or more guidelines at the time of a crash, despite the truck driver seemingly following all traffic laws to a “T.”
Because of this legal complexity, it’s vital to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side from day one after a truck crash. At Skolrood Law Firm, we have years of experience helping truck accident victims get maximum compensation, and we do it by having an extensive knowledge of the trucking industry and its various laws, rules, and regulations.
Finally, we know how to determine who was at fault and how much they were at fault, even if there are multiple parties. It’s our goal to get you the compensation you deserve, while holding all negligent parties accountable for their roles in the crash. Contact us today for a free consultation.
August 1st, 2019
Truck accidents often result in serious consequences for people in passenger vehicles. That’s because semi-trucks outweigh even the largest passenger vehicles by tens of thousands of pounds, making even low-speed collisions potentially fatal.
If you were recently injured in a road accident involving a tractor-trailer, you may have suffered severe injuries. That means you’re facing expensive medical bills and significant time away from work. You may be eligible to file a compensation claim against the liable party, whether that’s the truck driver, owner, company, or even another driver, but getting compensation may be difficult.
That’s because truck accident claims often result in larger settlements than accidents involving passenger vehicles. In addition, victims may be able to pursue compensation from multiple sources, as multiple parties associated with trucks may be partially liable for crashes. However, because the dollar figures often associated with truck accident claims are significant, insurance companies will often fight victims even more vehemently to protect their profits.
After a crash involving a commercial truck, contact a Roanoke truck accident lawyer to stand up for your rights. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ll do everything in our power to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve. We’ll collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault, calculate your current and future accident-related expenses, and negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid. Contact us today for a free consultation.
June 27th, 2019
Truck accidents often cause significant property damage and serious injuries. Because the dollar figures attached to truck accident compensation claims can be higher than many other types of claims, insurance companies often approach them more cautiously—especially when there’s plenty of evidence that their policyholders were at fault.
One common tactic that insurance companies use after truck accidents is offering victims settlements just days after the crashes occur. They know that victims are facing huge medical bills and that they may be unable to work for long periods of time.
Because of their panic and desperation, many victims accept those settlements without thinking of the long-term consequences. However, those settlements may be insufficient to pay for their full accident-related expenses, and victims may be unable to pursue additional compensation after they accept.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers want to make sure that never happens to innocent victims in Virginia. When you’re seriously injured through no fault of your own, your settlement should take care of all your medical bills and lost wages—not just the ones you’ve incurred up to the point when you get your check.
When you call our law firm, we’ll review all settlement offers from the insurance company with you to make sure you’re getting a fair deal. If the insurance company won’t give you the money you deserve, we’ll push back until they do, even if it means taking your case to court. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’re here to help.
May 9th, 2019
Statistically, accidents involving semi trucks are more likely to cause serious injuries than accidents involving cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. In addition, big truck accidents are more legally complex, as multiple parties may be liable, including truck drivers, truck companies, and truck owners.
It’s important to take the right steps after a tractor-trailer accident to protect your health and your rights to compensation. Those steps include the following actions:
- Get medical attention—Injuries are common after semi-truck accidents, but they’re not always obvious. Getting evaluated and treated by a doctor can rule out or find internal injuries, while also creating an official record of your accident-related injuries.
- Get a lawyer—Because multiple parties may be held liable for a single truck accident, it’s important to have experienced legal representation on your side from the beginning. Truck accidents are legally complex, but a Roanoke truck accident attorney is here to help.
- Avoid social media—Truck companies and their insurance providers often push back hard against injury claims. They will go to great lengths to avoid paying victims the compensation they deserve, and that includes looking at victims’ social media for incriminating statements.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what you’re going through after a truck accident, and we want to help. Trust our experience and our track record of success in dealing with truck accident claims. Call today for a free consultation.
March 21st, 2019
Big trucks represent a small percentage of vehicles on Virginia’s roadways, but their sheer size and weight makes it difficult to miss them. In fact, semi-trucks can be dozens of feet in length, and they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they’re fully loaded.
The size differences between tractor trailers and even the largest pickup trucks and SUVs means that occupants of passenger vehicles are at a high risk of suffering serious injuries during big truck accidents. Although many truck accidents are due to factors out of victims’ control, some crashes are caused by drivers who aren’t aware of the unique challenges and risks associated with driving semi-trucks.
Because truck drivers sit high off the ground in tractor trailers, they have enormous blind spots surrounding their cabins and their trailers. Those blind spots are called “No Zones,” and they include:
- 20 feet in front of the cabin—Truck drivers may have difficulty seeing vehicles that are approximately one full car length in front of them.
- 1 lane underneath the driver side door—When truck drivers look out of their windows, they may be unable to see vehicles directly next to and below them.
- 2 lanes underneath and behind the passenger side door—Truck drivers can’t see the road next to their passenger side doors, and their mirrors are limited when showing that angle as well.
- 30 feet behind the trailer—If you can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you. This “No Zone” is roughly two car lengths long.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident involving a big truck, contact a Roanoke truck accident lawyer today. We’re ready to investigate your crash and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.