Suffolk is a calm city with a suburban and rural feel that’s among the most populous in Virginia. People here take great pride in their city and in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, from Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve to Bennett’s Creek Park. We also believe in safety, and when a vehicle accident occurs, it can be devastating. As dangerous as car accidents can be, truck accidents come with far more devastating damages to the victims and their families.
Big rig accident injuries can be severe, life-altering, and even fatal. It gets worse when insurance companies refuse to pay your injury claim. If you or a loved one has suffered from a commercial truck accident in Suffolk, contact the passionate attorneys at the Montagna Law firm to see how our team can help you.
Truck accident cases are more likely to result in serious injuries and fatalities for several reasons:
Large trucks have much greater mass than most other vehicles on the road. In a collision, the large truck is likely to do severe damage to those other vehicles and their occupants.
Improperly-secured cargo can cause serious accidents, such as if it shifts or spills on the road. Cargo can turn into deadly projectiles or create other hazardous road conditions.
Because of their mass, large trucks need more room to slow down and stop. This can make collisions on the road more likely. A truck driver who is speeding or driving while fatigued might not be able to slow down in time to avoid a collision.
A statute of limitations is a legal time frame during which you have to file a lawsuit. For any sort of motor vehicle accident in Virginia, from auto accidents involving motorcycles to those involving semi-trucks and commercial vehicles, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. In the case of a wrongful death suit, it becomes two years from the date of death.
Many factors can play into tractor-trailer and other truck crashes, and they can involve many responsible parties, from the truck driver to the trucking company, maintenance crews, and others. These factors can include reckless and distracted driving, road hazards, improper maintenance, poor weather, improper cargo loading, speeding, tired driving, and many others.
The size and weight of a large truck can also be a major factor in the cause of a truck accident. Large trucks need more time and distance to slow down and come to a stop. In situations where a passenger car might need 300 feet to come to a stop, a large truck would need about 525 feet. A truck driver who is distracted, fatigued, or driving too fast may not have enough room to slow down and avoid colliding with another vehicle on the road.
Say you are driving down College Drive when a tractor-trailer comes barreling along with the trucker behaving in a reckless manner. The next thing you know, your car and life are in shambles. Many truck drivers are simply reckless behind the wheel. Different types of reckless for truck motorists driving include:
Reckless driving on Suffolk roadways is a leading cause of accidents today.
Road hazards can involve a great many conditions:
Many road hazards are avoidable when driving carefully. Truck accident victims may be entitled to significant compensation for their injuries if the accident was caused by a trucker not accounting for road hazards.
Trucks are complex pieces of machinery, and if any part fails, it can greatly interrupt the core functions and inherent safety of the vehicle. Brakes can go out, tires can blow, and engines can explode. Any number of unfortunate scenarios could occur, and if they occur because of improper maintenance, those at the trucking company who are responsible for maintaining the truck can be held responsible for a personal injury that results.
Weather conditions can create dangers for any driver. Even light rain can make roads slippery. If a truck driver does not pay attention to the conditions and adjust their driving accordingly, accidents with serious injuries can result.
Cargo loads in trucks are heavy and awkward and must be carefully balanced and secured. When a maintenance crew fails to properly load, secure, or balance this cargo, it can suddenly shift, which may cause the truck to lose control, jackknife, or roll over, resulting in catastrophic accidents and severe injuries.
The trucking industry is heavily regulated, down to how long a driver is allowed to drive before mandated rest. Often, however, truckers have unrealistic time constraints and deadlines that compel them to ignore these federal laws.
If a truck driver who is tired or speeding to beat a deadline has an accident, they can be held responsible. In some cases, those who imposed the deadlines may also hold some responsibility. Contact a Suffolk truck accident lawyer at the Montagna Law firm for a free consultation, either through our online contact form or at 757-622-8100 today.
Many different types of personal injury can result from truck accidents. From broken bones to loss of limbs and invisible injuries, these can be catastrophic and life-altering.
Fractures and broken bones can put you out of commission for some time. In some cases, they can even permanently change your life.
Spinal injuries can leave you weaker than you were and less capable of working. They can even result in temporary or permanent paralysis. You deserve to be compensated if this happens.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an invisible injury. You cannot see it, but it can result in personality changes, cognitive problems, depression, and even issues with balance and body function. It can cause lifelong disability, and proving it in court can be quite difficult. That is why having help from a personal injury attorney with practice areas in vehicle accidents is so important.
Internal organ damage is another form of invisible injury. It can leave you with any number of lifelong disabilities like digestive and bowel problems, kidney or liver issues, and cardiovascular complications that will never completely heal.
Wrongful death refers to personal injury cases where a loved one dies due to someone’s negligence. If this happens to you, you may be able to sue for compensation to cover medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of support, and other noneconomic damages.
Personal injury cases involving big trucks can get very complex. Insurance companies look for reasons to reduce or even deny injury claims outright. Truck accidents almost always involve an increased severity of damage and more serious injuries, resulting in higher medical bills and an increased chance of death.
They involve companies that have larger insurance policies, and multiple parties can be held responsible, including the manufacturer of failed parts, the trucking company, vendors used by the company, loading and maintenance crews, and even sometimes local government, in addition to the driver. It takes an experienced Suffolk truck accident attorney to sort out these details and build a solid case for you.
The at-fault party will be someone who breached a duty of care owed to you, resulting in your injuries. This might include:
Negligence is a primary factor in personal injury cases. In Virginia, we have pure contributory negligence, which means that if you are found to hold even 1% of the responsibility for the accident, you may be barred from collecting any compensation at all. That is another reason it is vital to have an attorney in your corner. You must be able to prove that you did not contribute to the accident in order to recover compensation.
The two types of compensation for damages after a truck accident are special, or economic, damages; and general, or noneconomic, damages. One is easy to value, while the other can be complicated.
Economic damages are also sometimes called special damages. They include things like:
Non-economic damages refer to things that are not as easy to value. They include:
Your Suffolk personal injury lawyer knows how to put a value on these so you get fair compensation.
A truck accident lawyer from Montagna Law can take over the stress of fighting with insurance companies so you can focus on getting well. Our legal team will build a well-researched case on your behalf, and we will fight every step of the way for maximum compensation for you by pursuing all potentially responsible parties.
The biggest benefit of hiring an accident attorney is that it levels the playing field. The various parties on the defense will have powerful insurance companies and lawyers on their side. They will use the law against you. Having your own attorney can prevent them from doing so and allow you to fight back.
The personal injury attorneys at Montagna Law have decades of experience fighting for the rights of people who have suffered injuries in truck accidents, car accidents, and other tragedies. Our team works tirelessly to explore every possible way to recover damages for our clients. You do not have to take our word for it. Clients have described the firm and its lawyers as follows:
Montagna Law’s legal team is determined to win cases for our deserving clients. Here are some recent truck accident settlements from our firm.
Settlements like these help truck accident victims manage medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, call our firm to start your case.
At Montagna Law, we have helped Hampton Roads clients just like you from all over Virginia, including Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and beyond. Our law firm strives to help because we are your allies and neighbors. We go fishing at Lake Cohoon and hiking at Bennett’s Creek. We love the paintings at the Chrysler Museum, and we care about our local Suffolk family.
To receive immediate assistance for your truck accident, contact a personal injury lawyer at our firm for legal advice and a free consultation with no disclaimers or obligations. Call us at 757-622-8100 or use our online form to see how we can fight for you.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.