Vehicle accidents involving semi trucks are particularly dangerous due to the sheer size of these trucks. Their large size can make these trucks difficult to maneuver, and cars and other smaller vehicles may have a hard time maneuvering around these large vehicles as well. A truck accident in West Virginia can quickly lead to severe injuries and even death, depending on the nature of the accident.
In many cases involving a truck accident that leads to injury, many parties are possibly liable for the injuries you suffer. These parties include the driver of the semi truck as well as the driver’s employer. The person who owns the truck or the trailer may also be held financially responsible. In addition, the person who owns the equipment, material or freight that was being hauled may be liable.
Truck drivers must follow certain rules, called Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are designed to protect other motorists on the road. These regulations prohibit trucking practices deemed unsafe and require truck drivers to regularly inspect and maintain their trailers, vans, cabs and semi rigs. These regulations also establish limits on a truck’s weight and size. Your attorney can complete an investigation to see if the truck driver who caused your injuries failed to comply with these safety rules.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a West Virginia truck accident, such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, back or neck injury, or burns, your attorney can further work with medical professionals to determine what treatment you will need in the future and how much this may cost. This allows you to more effectively present testimony related to damages or evaluate any settlement offers you receive. Although monetary compensation might not be able to undo your injuries, it may help you to more easily move on from a tragic truck accident.