Have you been injured in a truck accident that was not your fault? You may be overwhelmed, exhausted, and emotionally traumatized from the accident and the financial burden of medical expenses and property damage. You are not alone. According to an article published by Wallstreet 24/7, West Virginia is the 8th most dangerous state to drive in and has an average of 19.8 auto fatalities per 100,000 people on a yearly basis. West Virginia is also one of the few states that has a large percentage of commuters who travel at least 30 minutes to work every day, and there are an estimated 359 auto fatalities per year throughout the state.
With more and more large commercial trucks sharing the road, there is an ever-increasing likeliness for accidents involving these trucks. Serious truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that bring about financial hardship for accident victims and their families, and filing a personal injury claim is one of the only ways that accident victims can recover compensation for their accident. Unfortunately, many victims discover that filing a claim against a trucking company is a difficult and confusing process. National trucking companies are large corporations that usually have their own legal staff and are not likely to hand over a high amount of compensation without a fight.
In fact, many trucking companies will do everything in their power to avoid liability after a serious truck accident. Trucking companies will try to avoid paying damages by offering a low initial settlement and sending an insurance adjuster to convince accident victims to agree. Trucking companies have also been known to alter the evidence left from an accident so that you can’t prove that their driver was at fault. If you have been injured in an accident, one of the first things you should do is call a legal professional who you can trust to act in your best interests.
When you call our team at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we can help you gather the critical evidence needed to pursue a lawsuit against the truck company responsible for your accident. Regardless of whether your accident was the result of a fatigued truck driver, drunk driver, or a lack of training or proper maintenance, we understand the trucking regulations and how the law protects your rights as an accident victim. Filing a lawsuit is helpful because it allows you to obtain financial compensation for your present and future medical expenses, property damage, lost income, emotional suffering, and more. Whatever you do, do not talk to an insurance adjuster from the trucking company until you have contacted our firm first.
If you suspect that alcohol or drug abuse was to blame for your accident, we can force the trucking company to allow the suspected truck driver to be tested for drug or alcohol use. Trucking companies will sometimes try to delay this testing so that the presence of these substances will disappear, but we are familiar with these tactics and will hold them accountable. In accidents where we suspect that a truck driver was logging too many hours on the road, we will obtain that driver’s logbook in order to check their hours against their mileage. Trucking companies can be held liable under law when their drivers act in a negligent or reckless manner, and we know how to hold these companies accountable for the harm that they cause others.
With all of the trucking regulations and industry guidelines in place, there are numerous ways in which a truck driver can violate the law and be held liable for an accident. Our West Virginia accident attorneys will investigate the weight of the load that the truck was carrying at the time of the accident, as well as the maintenance that was done on the truck and the number of consecutive hours that the driver was on the road, in order to determine the exact cause of your accident.
Over the years, we have found that simply providing evidence that proves you have suffered serious injuries is not always enough to win a claim. Our team of West Virginia truck accident lawyers understand what you are going through and are waiting to provide you with the comprehensive help and guidance you need. Contact Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC today for a free consultation!