Truck Accident

Driving Near a Big Truck? Stay Out of Its “No Zones.”

by Staff Blogger | 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.

3 Ways Semi Truck Drivers Can Cause Accidents

by Staff Blogger | 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Why Are Truck Accidents Often More Complex Than Car Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Get a Lawyer After Your Truck Accident to Level the Playing Field

by Staff Blogger | 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.

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.