We Fight For The Victims Of Truck Accidents In Virginia
No matter who was at fault, the people in the smaller vehicle almost always suffer most in a collision involving a tractor-trailer or large commercial truck. And even when the truck driver or trucking company appears to be at fault, there are powerful forces working against the victims.
The experienced lawyers of Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. offer the skilled and aggressive representation needed in a truck accident case. We stand up to trucking firms and the insurance companies to fight for maximum compensation.
What Caused The Truck Crash?
Trucking firms and their insurers send in their teams to try to influence the investigation and deflect responsibility. Our firm has the resources and experience to conduct a thorough investigation of truck accidents. We work to demonstrate the negligence that caused or contributed to the crash, such as:
- Driver fatigue from too many hours on the road
- Distracted driving
- Brake failure or tire blowouts from poor truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded or overweight cargo
- Improper passing or lane changes
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Negligent hiring or training of drivers
We know what questions to ask and how to force trucking companies to preserve evidence such as GPS data and “black box” recorders. We are wise to industry tactics such as falsifying logbooks, circumventing inspections and pressuring drivers to violate federal trucking regulations. In many semi-truck accidents, several parties are responsible. The driver, the trucking company and the truck manufacturers may all share liability.
Holding Them Accountable For The Harm
The greater the potential payout for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, the harder the defense will work to downplay the injuries or blame the victims. The devastation in truck accidents often includes catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma and internal injuries. We work with families and medical providers to understand the extent of the injury and related long-term needs. We fight for every dollar of compensation to cover medical bills and ongoing care, lost wages and future earnings, permanent injury or disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
With 100 years of combined experience, our trial lawyers have handled big cases, including large recoveries in truck crashes. You can count on us to take your case seriously and do everything in our power to hold the trucking company or corporation accountable.
Are Truck Drivers Regulated?
Yes, over-the-road haulers are subject to federal regulation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific rules relating to the maximum weight of 18-wheelers, securing of cargo, transporting hazardous materials, proper lighting on trailers and periodic inspections. The FMCSA also limits how many hours a trucker can drive in one day (and total hours in a week) and mandates a period of rest between shifts. These regulations are routinely violated by truck drivers and employers to save money or make more deliveries, jeopardizing lives in the name of profits.
Truck drivers also must have a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). When we investigate trucking crashes, we examine the trucker’s licensure, training and driving history, and the trucking company’s hiring practices. In many cases, the negligent trucker should not have been on the road.
Aren’t Semi-Trucks Insured? Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
It’s true that commercial vehicles are required to carry substantial insurance coverage because of the potential danger. However, whenever there are big insurance policies on the line, the insurers have their best defense lawyers working to cut their losses. Without legal representation, the average claimant will not get anywhere near the true value of their case … if they are offered any compensation at all. You need a firm with specific experience handling truck accidents. Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements in these cases.
Call Us To Start The Investigation
Time is of the essence after a truck accident. Start with a free consultation to learn how we can help. Call our Vinton law office at 540-443-8390 or toll free at 540-443-8390, or contact us online. We handle cases in Roanoke and throughout Virginia.