Every year, hundreds of thousands of locals, tourists, and truck drivers all converge on Virginia Beach-area highways and roads. The sheer number of vehicles makes it no surprise that automobile accidents are common throughout this area. As semi-trailer trucks make their way to Virginia’s numerous ports, other drivers and motorcyclists are at risk. Commercial truck accidents are not as uncommon as many people think—according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 2,306 accidents involving large trucks in 2017. There were an additional 4,570 accidents involving smaller commercial vehicles.
If you or your loved one was involved in a commercial vehicle or semi-trailer truck accident in the Greater Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area, we can help. At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we strive to help victims of negligence recover the just compensation they are owed. Since 1988, we have successfully recovered over $250 million on behalf of our clients; find out how our Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys can help you with your case.
Call (757) 330-4099 or fill out and submit an online contact form to request a no-cost consultation with our legal team.
Who Is at Fault for a Commercial Truck Accident?
Semi-trailer truck accidents tend to result in severe, catastrophic injuries and fatalities due to the size and weight of these vehicles. While motorists and passengers in everyday vehicles tend to suffer the brunt of the injuries, it is not always easy to prove who was at fault for the accident. This is due, in part, to the number of different parties that may be partially responsible.
Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident, any of the following parties may be liable:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s supervisor
- The truck driver’s employer
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The company responsible for truck maintenance
- The manufacturer of the truck or a specific truck part
For example, say a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, causing an accident with another motorist. While it may seem obvious that the truck driver is at fault, he may have fallen asleep due to fatigue caused by unrealistic quotas set by his employer. The truck driver’s supervisor may have failed to note that the truck driver was not keeping accurate driving logs recording his time spent on the road. In this case, the truck driver, his supervisor, and the employer may all be partially responsible for the other motorist’s injuries and related damages. A defective truck tire may blow out while the truck is traveling on the highway, causing the truck driver to swerve into another care. In this case, the tire manufacturer and/or the person or company in charge of conducting truck maintenance may be liable.
Fighting for a Fair Recovery on Your Behalf
Unfortunately, truck accidents typically result in serious, life-altering injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries. Many victims are left wondering how they will afford necessary medical treatment, especially if their injuries render them temporarily or permanently unable to return to work. Financial worries can be particularly difficult to deal with on top of the pain and trauma of a catastrophic injury. Making matters worse, most insurance companies will quickly offer a low settlement that does not even come close to meeting the needs of the victim and his or her family.
At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we believe in holding negligent parties accountable for their careless and reckless actions. Our dedicated team of Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys, paralegals, and professional investigators is committed to helping our clients secure the maximum compensation they are owed. We understand that your injuries may require continuous, lifelong treatment, which can end up costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Because of this, we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you, and we will even take on major insurance companies and large commercial trucking companies in the courtroom whenever necessary.
Schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with our team today; call (757) 330-4099 or contact us online to get started.