Charleston, WV Logging Truck Accident Lawyer
West Virginia is one of the nation’s most forested states and home to a thriving lumber industry. Therefore, logging trucks are common on Mountain State’s roads. Unfortunately, that means accidents involving logging trucks are common as well. Their immense size can cause considerable damage when involved in a collision.
Whether you were injured as a driver or passenger of a commercial truck, or hurt in a logging truck accident while on the job, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
When you or a loved one have been badly hurt or killed in a logging truck accident, there may be no going back to how things were before. But you can move forward.
If the logging truck accident was someone else’s fault, a skilled truck accident lawyer at Warner Law Offices, PLLC, can fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve to get you back on your feet. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
Warner Law Offices Will Fight For You
Warner Law Offices has over 20 years of experience in personal injury cases in Charleston, West Virginia, and surrounding areas. Founding partner Bobby Warner has spent his life in West Virginia, so he knows the people, state laws, courts, and culture. Our lawyers are compassionate and passionate about getting our clients the justice and compensation they deserve. That specialized experience is what makes us qualified to take on your case.
And that’s not just talk—our results speak for themselves. We have won our clients millions, including $13 million for an auto accident case and $9 million for a wrongful death case.
Many law firms push their clients to settle their cases so they can move on quickly. We don’t settle unless you are completely satisfied with the settlement offer. We pride ourselves on our aggressive advocacy. We are skilled trial lawyers who have no qualms about taking your case to trial to win maximum compensation.
How Warner Law Offices, PLLC Will Handle Your Logging Truck Accident Case
Every case is different, so our approach may vary depending on your needs. Typically, we will:
- Analyze and evaluate your case.
- Counsel you on your options and keep you updated on all developments.
- Thoroughly investigate, gather evidence, and build your case.
- Go to bat for you in negotiations with the opposition and their insurers.
- Prepare and file all the necessary paperwork.
- Try your case if you do not receive an acceptable settlement offer.
We prioritize clear and open communication with you through every step of the process. We want you to understand your case and the next steps.
When Is the Right Time To File a Logging Truck Accident Claim?
In West Virginia, you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit, including logging truck accident claims. However, the sooner you file, the better. Evidence can be destroyed and memories fade. Filing your claim as early as possible will give you a better chance of recovering the maximum compensation.
After a logging truck accident, make sure to do the following:
- Get medical treatment. The most important step is to seek medical treatment. You may need to call 911 and go to the hospital. Some injuries do not immediately appear, so seek treatment even if you do not feel pain.
- Report the incident. Call the police to have them document the scene and file an official report. In West Virginia, you are required by law to report any accident that results in bodily injury, death, or property damage of more than $1,000. The police will investigate, document the accident scene, and file an official report.
- Document the accident scene, if possible. Exchange contact and insurance information of the other parties involved. Get information from witnesses. Take photographs and videos of the scene. Note any damage, debris, road conditions, traffic signs, etc.
- Notify your insurance company and the Department of Motor Vehicles. You should call your insurance company to report the accident. You must also report accidents resulting in injury, death, or property damage of more than $500 to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Do NOT make any recorded statements. The other driver’s insurer may ask you to give a statement, but do not speak to them. Anything you say to them may be used to deny or minimize your claim.
- Hire a West Virginia logging accident lawyer. Call Warner Law Offices to schedule an appointment. We will discuss the details of your case and how we can help you negotiate with the insurance company.
What if My Logging Accident Is Caused by Deliberate Intent?
Most logging truck accidents are just that—accidents. Occasionally, however, accidents are caused by what is known in West Virginia law as “deliberate intent,” which covers certain workplace injury claims.
In these types of workplace injury cases, an employer acts with deliberate intent to harm employees. For instance, an employer may have known that safety conditions in a work zone weren’t up to standard but still intentionally exposed their employees to them.
Take the following example. In a logging truck accident, an employer may have known there was an operational defect with one of the company’s logging trucks. Knowing this, the employer still chose to allow employees to use and operate near the truck and failed to provide information about the hazards that employees would be exposed to. In this case, any employees injured by the logging truck incident — or their family, in the tragic case of their death — could bypass workers’ compensation and sue the employer directly.
Common Causes of Dangerous Log Truck Accidents
Some common reasons for dangerous log truck accidents include the following:
- Speeding accidents
- Improper lane changes
- Improper turns
- Distracted driving accidents
- Driving under the influence
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Improper braking
- Improperly secured loads
- Unbalanced loads
- Fatigued driving
- Backing into traffic without a proper lookout
- Defective or malfunctioning trucks
- Unsafe road conditions such as debris, potholes, or uneven pavement
- Poor weather conditions such as ice and snow, heavy rain, or fog
Logging trucks are massive vehicles, and they carry heavy cargo that can slide off if it is not properly secured. Both the truck driver and all drivers sharing the road with logging vehicles must be mindful of the potential hazards in order to drive safely. Employers also have a responsibility to ensure that the trucks their employees use are properly maintained and not defective.
Get Support From a Skilled Logging Truck Accident Lawyer
A logging truck accident can be devastating, but there is help available to you during this difficult time. The experienced and compassionate attorneys at Warner Law Offices can fight for your right to compensation, whether against an at-fault driver or an employer who failed to communicate about poor equipment or provide proper training.
Bobby has received many accolades throughout the years from both his peers in the legal community, as well as the media. The National Trial Lawyers association named Bobby a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and he has been selected as a Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent. Additionally, he has been named a Best Attorneys of America by Rue Ratings, which also named Warner Law Offices to its Best Law Firms of America.
We represent clients across West Virginia and surrounding areas, providing compassionate client service and relentless advocacy in and out of the courtroom.