Truck accident injury claims tend to be more complex than other types of auto and motor vehicle accident cases. This is due, in large part, to the fact that there may be multiple people/entities who are legally liable for your resulting injuries. Even if a truck driver causes an accident, his or her employer may be liable. Additionally, if a defective truck part, such as its tires or brakes, led to the accident, the manufacturer may be at fault.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, it is crucial that you reach out to the experienced Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys at Breit Cantor as soon as possible. Trucking companies often conduct their own investigations at the scene of the accident; remember, these companies are working against you. Our firm can conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of the accident, as well as who is responsible for your losses.
We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so there is no upfront cost for you. Call (888) 635-9500 to request a free initial consultation with our legal team today.
Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
There are thousands of tractor-trailer and big rig collisions in Virginia every year. Sadly, the vast majority of these accidents could be avoided. When truck collisions occur as a result of negligence—whether on the part of the truck driver, truck company, truck manufacturer, or some other party—affected victims can take legal action.
Truck accidents are commonly caused by:
- Truck driver negligence: This includes things like distracted driving, texting while driving, fatigued driving, operating a truck while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, speeding, and general carelessness.
- Truck company negligence: Examples of truck company negligence include failing to conduct proper background checks on drivers, encouraging truck drivers to meet unrealistic quotas/schedules, and failing to adequately check hours of service logs.
- Improper truck maintenance: Generally speaking, truck maintenance is the responsibility of the drivers. However, a trucking company could be held liable if it does not have maintenance check systems in place or fails to properly supervise truck drivers.
- Defective trucks: This can include things like faulty brakes or horns, defective truck tires, unsafe truck design, and lack of proper safety signage posted to the outside of the truck itself. There are many different parties that may be liable for defective trucks.
- Overloaded/improperly loaded trucks: When trucks are incorrectly loaded or are carrying more weight than they should, it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Fishtailing and jackknifing trucks are most commonly the results of overloaded beds.
At Breit Cantor, we follow a three-pronged, “no stone left unturned” approach with every injury case we accept. Our team conducts in-depth investigations, often working with experts in the field, to determine how the collision occurred. We then thoroughly prepare each case for trial, even if we believe we can achieve a successful settlement. Lastly, we provide aggressive and zealous trial advocacy for our clients whenever a fair settlement cannot be reached. We are not afraid to take your case to court.
We Have Recovered Hundreds of Millions for Our Clients
Since 1979, Breit Cantor has been serving injured individuals and the family members of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Virginia. During our 40+ years in practice, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including more than 150 results in excess of $1 million. We understand the immense stress you are under and the overwhelming impact your injuries have likely had on your life; we are here to serve as the compassionate guides and dedicated legal advocates you need.
Find out how our firm can help you; call (888) 635-9500 or contact our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers online for a free case evaluation.