Accidents involving trucks and commercial vehicles are known for their
overwhelming potential for devastating consequences. Due to the sheer
size and weight of tractor-trailers, truck accidents frequently result
in injuries. In many cases, these injuries are catastrophic and can upend
the lives of victims and families. In the most tragic situations, these
injuries often prove fatal.
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, our Virginia personal injury lawyers know
that truck accident cases put a lot on the line. When victims suffer serious
injuries, the need for medical care and financial support are elevated,
which is why it becomes crucial for victims and families to work with
experienced attorneys who have the tools, resources, and drive needed
to handle the complexities of a
truck accident case.
When representing victims of truck accidents, our team leverages decades
of experience, connections with experts, and an unwavering commitment
to clients to fight for the compensation they deserve. Because every accident
is unique, the party from whom we seek compensation may vary depending
on the individual facts and circumstances of a case.
Depending on what took place in your trucking accident, there may be several
parties who can be held at fault and liable for your damages, including
your medical bills, lost work earnings, and pain and suffering, among
other damages. These parties include:
Truck Driver – Many trucking accidents result from driver error and negligence,
which is why truck drivers must comply with numerous safety regulations
designed to reduce crash risks on our public roads and highways. Some
of these regulations include Hours of Service rules that prevent a driver
from being behind the wheel for too long, strict drug and alcohol policies,
mandatory rest breaks, and more. As with any driver, truckers must also
abide by the law and follow the rules of the road. When they fail in any
way, they can be held accountable for their negligence, and they –
or more likely their employer – can be held liable for victims’ damages.
Trucking Company – A trucking company is ultimately liable for the conduct of its
drivers, which means that when drivers make errors or commit acts of negligence,
a trucking company can be held liable. This is especially true when trucking
operators negligently hire drivers with poor records, retain drivers who
have poor records, or fail to adequately manage, test, or train their
drivers. Trucking companies must also comply with a number of regulations
to ensure public safety. These include regular vehicle maintenance, use
of proper materials and cargo securement devices, repairing potential
hazards, and more. Trucking companies that violate regulations or otherwise
fail in their duty to take reasonable measures in protecting the public’s
safety can be held liable when their failures result in preventable accidents
Product Manufacturer – In some cases, trucking accidents may be caused by a defective
product or auto part that malfunctions or fails and causes an accident.
By law, product manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe
for their intended use, and they too can be held liable when defectively
designed, manufacture red, or even marketed products cause harm. A commercial
truck fitted with defective tires or breaks presents a monstrous hazard
to public safety.
Shipper – Some commercial trucks may be loaded by third-party companies.
These companies may handle the logistics of shipping and are responsible
for loading cargo onto a truck. Because improperly loaded cargo can present
a number of dangerous, including in-transit shifting that throws trucks
off balance or falling cargo that creates roadways hazards, there are
many cargo securement regulations that must be followed. These regulations
cover everything from how much cargo can be stored on a truck, where the
cargo should be placed, and what tools and devices must be used to secure
the cargo. If a shipping company or party that loads cargo does so negligently
and accidents and injuries result, they can be held liable for damages.
Regardless of who can be held at fault in your trucking accident, you can
be confident about choosing to work with our talented team of attorneys
at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC. Over the years, we have gained substantial
experience handling challenging commercial vehicle accident cases, and
we know how to help our clients – many of whom are average, hard-working
men and women – level the playing field with large trucking and
insurance companies that want to skirt liability and pay as little as possible.
By working with our team, you gain the support of proven advocates who
are not afraid to battle big business. We invite you to learn more about
your rights and whether you may have a potential case by
contacting us for a FREE consultation.