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Trucking Accidents in West Virginia

July 10, 2021

While tractor-trailers provide a much-needed service to businesses in every state there are risks inherent to tractor-trailers. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and is obviously larger than typical passenger vehicles. Due to their size, the amount of time spent on the road and the frequency they are driven, there are federal and state laws applicable to tractor trailers to ensure the risks inherent to these vehicles are mitigated as much as possible.

The size, weight and force of a moving tractor trailer can make truck accidents disastrous. Indeed, these types of accidents often result in serious bodily injury and sometimes death. Trucking accidents are much more complex than motor vehicle accidents. Due to this, it is recommended that if you or a loved one has been injured, you consult an experienced truck accident attorney who has the knowledge and resources necessary to get you or your loved one the compensation and justice deserved.

Common causes of truck accidents may include: driver fatigue, unreasonable schedules, improperly loaded or overloaded trucks, defective equipment, poorly maintained truck, lack of driving training and experience, intoxication, dangerous weather conditions, and excessive speeds. Figuring out who is responsible for the accident is often a difficult task as there can be multiple responsible parties such as the truck driver, trucking company, equipment manufacturers, and/or governmental entities.

Trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures as truck drivers are held to a higher standard than vehicle drivers. To successfully pursue lawsuit against a trucking company, it requires extensive research as well as an understanding of state and federal trucking regulations. That is why you will need an experienced attorney that handles truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, contact Salango Law at (304) 342-0512 for a free consultation.