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Truck Accident Claims
West Virginia is among one of the top 10 states for the most fatal truck-related accidents. If you’ve been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, the experienced lawyers at Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner can help.
We have experience helping our clients present cases to insurers to get the compensation they need following a serious injury. If you were hurt due to an irresponsible commercial driver, call our West Virginia truck accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and begin working on your case.
Truck Accident Statistics in the U.S.
Semi-trucks collectively drive over 140 billion miles each year, meaning there are many opportunities for collisions. Whenever an 18-wheeler is in a car accident, the smaller vehicle almost always suffers the most damage.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,761 people killed in 2017 in accidents involving large trucks. Of these fatalities, 72% of the people killed were occupants of the other vehicle.
If you or your loved one was injured due to the behavior of a semi-truck driver in West Virginia, you have a right to seek legal action to ensure you are justly compensated for the injuries you sustained.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents can be caused by:
- Company negligence, such as hiring a driver with a substance abuse problem or a poor driving record
- Improper driver training
- Driver negligence
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to ensure the safety of the vehicle
There may be additional parties who may be liable. For example, if the accident with the semi-truck was due to defective equipment, maintenance, or a defective product installed on the truck, there may be additional parties who could potentially be liable for the wreck.
By hiring an experienced West Virginia trucking accident lawyer, a prompt and thorough investigation may be conducted to determine if there are potentially other negligent actors who caused or contributed to the tractor-trailer crash.
What to Do After an Accident
The first thing to do is to get the truck driver’s contact information, including:
- The driver's full name
- Any employee identification
- The company they work for
If possible, take pictures of the involved vehicles and the scene and get the name, phone number, and address of any independent third-party witnesses.
You should also contact the police to obtain a report of the incident. This report will be a valuable tool in your case, as it contains vital, non-personal information about the accident and can go towards proving the negligence of the tractor-trailer driver.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Insurance adjusters are not there to help you. Their job is to minimize the losses their company suffers and mitigate the amount of money they pay out to you. Insurance adjusters do their best to shift the blame onto you, and they are backed by a team of lawyers who will try to ensure your claim is denied or that they can settle for the smallest amount as possible.
Many people receive calls from insurers within days of the accident to offer a nominal settlement. These settlements are usually the bare minimum, and they are issued in order to be done with the case before it moves forward. You should always first speak with a lawyer first. Let the representative you will not discuss the case or consider a settlement offer without first doing so.
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