Accidents involving large semi trucks and commercial vehicles can be among the most tragic. Because of the size and speed of these vehicles, the injuries that result are often quite severe. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed when dealing with truck accidents.
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The truth is, litigation on this level is always a war. The trucking companies and their insurers put everything they have into defending personal injury claims resulting from commercial and semi-truck accidents. Cravens and Noll fights back by hiring experienced legal counsel with the technical expertise to make proving these cases and injuries possible. Our personal injury lawyers can help you gain an advantage, ensuring that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Our attorneys also have experience representing national carriers for civil litigation involving tractor-trailer, commercial and bus line accidents.
Causes of Truck Accidents:
Accidents between commercial vehicles and private passenger vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries for those in the smaller vehicle. Especially since a commercial vehicle can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while a passenger vehicle will weigh in somewhere around 4,000 pounds.
Because of this, various federal and state laws have been enacted to protect the safety of all passengers. Including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).
In spite of efforts to decrease the hazards posed by commercial trucks and passenger vehicles sharing the same roadways, accidents still happen.
There are three main categories for truck accidents:
- Driver errors
- Equipment failure
- Roadway hazard
The attorneys of Cravens and Noll bring decades of investigative and trial experience to our clients. Joe Thompson Cravens, Managing Partner, has represented several national trucking carriers in accident cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our attorneys are skilled at conducting in-depth investigations on trucking accidents that can uncover the real cause of the accident and identify the responsible party or parties. In order to maximize our effectiveness, we work with crash investigators, engineers and accident reconstruction experts. Because our staff understands the value these resources can bring to a case.
Common driver errors — Driver behavior and the decisions that are made behind the wheel may be the greatest factor in trucking accidents. Common driver-related accident causes include:
- Excessive speed
- Excessive load
- Failure to inspect their load
- Failure to properly secure their load
Common equipment failures — When equipment fails, even skilled driving may not be enough to prevent an accident. Common equipment failures include:
- Brake failure
- Improper brakes
- Improper lighting
- Improper head lamps
- Failure to maintain inspections
Common roadway hazards — Road conditions, inclement weather and other road hazards are factors that can be difficult to prepare for. Common hazards include:
- Unmarked vehicles in roadway
- Emergency roadway stops
- Improper grade on roadway
- Improper signage and markings
- Improper height and weight clearances
Investigations of Truck Accidents:
When an accident occurs involving a commercial vehicle, the first step toward successfully pursuing compensation is initiating an investigation. Determining why an accident occurred is essential to identifying the party responsible for the accident.
Cravens and Noll is experienced in conducting investigations into accidents involving all forms of commercial vehicles; such as moving trucks, delivery trucks and semi-trucks.