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Charleston, WV Truck Accident
Commercial trucks, tractor trailers, and big rigs are all over the roads in and around Charleston, and they can be very dangerous. Most truck drivers are competent and careful, but sometimes, accidents happen — unfortunately, this sort of accident can have devastating outcomes. Severe injuries and even death are not uncommon.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you might be owed compensation. Truck accident claims can be complicated, so when you start the process, you need an attorney on your side who has a track record of navigating these cases successfully. Experience matters; truck accident lawsuits are usually filed against trucking companies, and those companies have powerful and experienced attorneys on their side.
Our truck accident attorneys in Charleston have the experience you need to get the results you deserve. Nationwide, Morgan & Morgan has helped our clients recover more than $9 billion in damages, and we may be able to help you too.
To find out if you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries, request a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Types of Truck Accident Lawsuits
Many factors can contribute to truck accidents, and your attorney can determine which type of truck accident lawsuit you might pursue.
Negligence: Most truck accident lawsuits assert that the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident. To win a negligence case, your attorney must prove that the truck driver acted negligently and that his or her negligence caused the accident and your injuries.
Product Liability: Defective parts or defective trucks can also cause accidents. In this situation, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of the truck or the manufacturer of the specific defective part.
Wrongful Death: If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, West Virginia law allows you to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s important to note that West Virginia wrongful death laws are stricter than in some other states. Morgan & Morgan attorneys understand the intricacies of West Virginia’s law and can help you navigate the emotionally difficult process of making a wrongful death claim.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Because accidents involving trucks can cause such severe injuries, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains strict guidelines for commercial trucks, trucking companies, and truck manufacturers. For example, there are specific speed limits, documentation requirements, weight limits, and driving time limits for drivers that truckers and trucking companies must follow. Failure to follow these rules can lead to accidents.
The following are some common causes of truck accidents:
- Exceeding the maximum weight limit
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Lack of proper training
- Improper loading
- Distracted driving
- Defective trucks or defective truck parts
Types of Compensation for Truck Accidents
The goal of most truck accident lawsuits is to recover all costs incurred as a result of the injury. There are several types of damages associated with truck accident injuries.
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning potential
- Funeral expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
Contact Morgan & Morgan
If you or a loved one has been injured, you need an experienced attorney to fight for you. The truck accident attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can investigate your case, review evidence, and negotiate with the party at fault and their insurance company.
If they won’t pay the full amount you are owed, we will take them to court. As the nation’s largest law firm, Morgan & Morgan has the resources required to take your case to trial and win.
There is no risk and no cost to speak with one of our attorneys. In fact, even if you hire us, you don’t pay anything out of pocket. You pay nothing at all unless we win your case.
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