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.
February 14th, 2019
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the trucking industry in the U.S. It’s responsible for creating guidelines and rules that all parties involved in the industry must abide by, including truck owners, drivers, and companies. And while negligence on the part of any or all three of those parties can contribute to crashes, driver error remains one of the most common causes of all accidents—including big truck accidents.
When you contact a Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm, we search for evidence that could imply that truck drivers were negligent or careless in the hours or minutes leading up to accidents. Three common ways that truck drivers can contribute to crashes include:
- Driving while exhausted—The FMCSA limits the number of hours truck drivers can be on duty without resting or having sufficient time to sleep. When truck drivers exceed that limit, they put themselves and other drivers at risk.
- Driving while impaired—Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous regardless of the vehicle you’re in—but it can be especially deadly when that vehicle is a semi truck. Truck drivers who drive while impaired aren’t just violating state laws, they’re also violating federal regulations.
- Driving without proper training or credentials—It’s not easy to maneuver big 18-wheelers. Being a truck driver requires plenty of training and testing. Some drivers may forge or lie about their credentials to get on the road, and their inexperience and lack of skill can cause serious accidents.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, contact our legal team today for a free consultation.
December 27th, 2018
After an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, having an experienced attorney on your side can be beneficial. That’s because the injuries associated with car accidents are often painful and disabling. In fact, victims frequently require expensive medical care and may be out of work for long periods of time.
Truck accidents are similar, but often even more disruptive to victims’ lives. On average, truck accidents produce more severe injuries that lead to bigger medical costs and more time away from work. Because of the increased severity of truck accidents, insurance companies often fight even harder to protect their profits and to prevent victims from getting the settlements they deserve.
In addition, determining blame for truck accidents can be difficult due to the number of parties involved. In many truck accidents, fault can be assigned to more than one person or entity, including the truck driver, truck owner, truck company, and even other drivers that may or may not have been hurt in the crash.
Finally, there’s an entirely different set of rules, laws, and guidelines that the trucking industry must follow that are separate from ordinary traffic laws. The trucking industry is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and when any party associated with a truck violates an FMCSA, they can be held liable if a crash occurs.
Let a Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm handle your truck accident claim while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.
December 20th, 2018
Truck accidents often cause serious and disabling injuries, putting victims out of work for long periods of time. But when those victims file compensation claims, they often find themselves fighting uphill battles. That’s because truck accident claims are often hotly contested by insurance companies. In addition, there may be multiple liable parties, which can further complicate matters when it comes to determining who should pay what.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how confusing and frustrating truck accident claims can be for victims and their families. It’s disheartening to suffer disabling injuries that lead to expensive medical bills and lost paychecks, only to find that the insurance company is uncooperative or even hostile towards you when you seek compensation.
A Roanoke truck accident lawyer isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies after accidents, whether they represent truck drivers, truck owners, or truck companies. We know how to build successful truck accident claims, and we’re ready to put our knowledge, resources, and track record of success to work for you and your family.
Don’t let the insurance company intimidate or frustrate you into giving up. Your injuries are serious, and you may face huge medical bills over the coming months or even years. Those bills can be devastating when you aren’t working, but we want to help you get maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to assist you during this difficult time.
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.
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.