Truck Accident

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.

See a Trucking Safety Violation? You Can Report It.

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) helps to keep the nation’s roadways safe from the potential dangers that big trucks pose to truck drivers and other motorists. To accomplish that, the FMCSA created a comprehensive set of regulations that everyone in the trucking industry must follow, from companies and owners to drivers and loaders.

While the FMCSA’s strict regulations help reduce the risk of accidents, those regulations are only effective when followed by those in the trucking industry and when enforced by local police, state troopers, and sheriff’s offices.

However, drivers also can create a stricter atmosphere of compliance for the trucking industry by reporting potential violations. The FMCSA has two methods of collecting information and tips from drivers who experience safety, service, or discrimination issues with trucking companies:

  • Call the FMCSA – You can report safety violations over the phone by calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

If a trucking industry violation caused an accident that injured you or a loved one, you have an additional method of recourse: filing a claim for compensation. But because the trucking industry is protected by powerful insurance companies, it’s important to have a powerful law firm on your side.

Skolrood Law Firm has years of experience assisting injured victims like you, and we know how to build strong cases. Contact a Virginia truck accident attorney today for a free consultation.

Driving Near a Big Rig? Avoid Its “No Zones.”

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2017

The next time you feel nervous or anxious while driving near a semi truck or tractor trailer, it may be for a good reason. Because truck drivers sit much higher off the road than car, pickup truck, or SUV drivers, their blind spots are huge compared to other low-sitting drivers.

Because of this, it’s vital for other drivers to stay out of those blind spots. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls these large blind spots “No Zones,” and every big truck has four of them:

  • 20 feet in front of the cabin – If you’re ever in front of a big truck, keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the front-end of the big rig.
  • One lane-width underneath the driver side door – When vehicles are directly beneath truck drivers, they can’t see them with their mirrors or when they look out their windows.
  • Two lane-widths adjacent to the passenger side door – The blind spot on the passenger side extends two lanes. If you’re driving on a truck’s passenger side, make sure you’re well behind it or in front of it.
  • 30 feet behind the trailer – The backs of trailers often have signs stating that if other drivers can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see them. This is applicable for a full 30-foot area behind a trailer.

Unfortunately, truck accidents still happen, even when drivers like you follow all the precautions. That’s because some truck drivers and trucking companies value profits over safety and aren’t as cautious as they should be.

A Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm is here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a big rig. Call us today. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation.

Fatigued Truck Drivers Are Still on the Road.

by Staff Blogger | July 13th, 2017

The trucking industry has been around for decades. Although trucking companies keep our country moving forward, it has sometimes been at the expense of its drivers. Extensive pressure to meet deadlines has led to some of the most horrific truck accidents in Virginia history. Although safety regulations and protocols have reduced the ability of trucking companies to push their drivers past their limits, fatigued truck drivers may still be on the road today.

If you’ve been in a serious truck accident, you better believe the trucking company and their insurance providers are going to try to minimize your claim. That could mean thousands of dollars less in compensation than you deserve for your injuries. How do you fight for what you deserve? Sadly, it can be difficult to protect your rights on your own, especially considering the teams of lawyers working against you. That’s why you need to level the playing field by hiring your own experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we have decades of experience fighting for the rights of Virginia truck accident victims, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you. Take the first step in maximizing your injury claim and give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

The Financial Toll of a Trucking Accident

by Staff Blogger | June 1st, 2017

Trucking accidents are some of the worst types of cases we handle. Big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. In comparison, the average car weighs only 4,000 lbs. The damage a semi-truck can inflict on a person is significant. If you were fortunate enough to survive a trucking accident in Roanoke, you know firsthand the long road to recovery.

Beyond your physical injuries, you have substantial financial concerns to deal with. From medical expenses to time out of work, the financial toll this accident is going to have on your family isn’t entirely clear at this point, but you know that it could bankrupt you in the end. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side looking out for your best interests.

You can’t expect the insurance company to play fair, nor can you depend on the trucking company to live up to their responsibilities. At Skolrood Law Firm, we help accident victims just like you go after maximum compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes. Getting money for what you’ve been through is one of the most important parts of your recovery, and we’re ready to help you do it.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case for free with no obligation to you. Call us today.

What Nightmares Are Made Of

by Staff Blogger | April 13th, 2017

Trucking accidents are what nightmares are made of. Imagine 80,000 lbs. barreling down the highway, and you don’t have time to get out of the way. For those fortunate enough to live through a serious truck accident, they know exactly what that’s like, and the nightmare doesn’t stop once the dust settles. With serious injuries to contend with and an insurance company that is probably not ready to pay you what you deserve for your injuries, every day can be a struggle for a truck accident victim. That’s why so many turn to Skolrood Law Firm for help.

Truck accidents are completely different than car accidents. In a car accident, you have one party you’re dealing with–the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In a trucking accident, you have three–the at-fault driver, the trucking company, and the insurance company that represents them both. If it sounds like you’re outnumbered as a victim, it’s because you are.

Fortunately, the experienced truck accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help. We’ll stand between you and the insurance company to protect your rights and fight to get you every dollar you deserve. The trucking company and insurance company have teams of lawyers on their side. Don’t you think it’s time to even the playing field? Contact us today.

Truck Accidents: Fatigued Driving Can Be Deadly

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2017

Truck drivers are responsible for making sure communities throughout the U.S. have the necessities, such as food, clothing, and even medical supplies. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re grateful to all truck drivers who safely deliver their loads on a weekly basis. What we’re not a big fan of are trucking companies who put undue pressure on those drivers, pushing them to drive fatigued or on tight deadlines.

Big trucks can carry up to 80,000 lbs at one time. That’s 40 tons of weight barreling down the interstate. It takes intense focus to keep these behemoths between the lines, and that level of precision leaves no room for error. A fatigued or pressured driver is a danger to everyone out on the road and should never happen. Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies put profits over people and it’s often the other drivers on the road who pay the price.

If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of the accident to determine the circumstances that led up to the crash. Then we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more. We’re ready to help, so contact us today.