Trusted Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Helps Victims of Trucking Accidents Get the Compensation They Deserve
Experienced legal representation for clients in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as well as the surrounding cities and counties from Richmond to Winchester
Traffic accidents involving large trucks can be extremely dangerous for people in passenger vehicles, even with the advanced safety features available in modern cars. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), of the 3,852 people who died in large truck crashes in the United States in 2015, 69 percent were passenger vehicle occupants, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. At the Law Office of David M. Erwin, in Charlottesville, I fight to get victims of large truck accidents fair and just compensation for the harm they have suffered. I am a tough adversary against insurance and trucking companies, ready to passionately advocate for your interests during settlement negotiations or to take your case to court, if necessary. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, let me stand up for your legal rights and best interests, so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Knowledgeable advice and advocacy for Virginians injured in trucking accidents caused by DUI/DWI, driver fatigue, and unlicensed or untrained drivers
As of 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported there were more than 12 million large trucks and buses registered in the United States. All of these big-rigs and buses share roadways and highways with millions of smaller passenger vehicles, which often take the brunt of the damage in a collision with a large truck. Sadly, many trucking accidents are caused by avoidable factors, such as:
- DUI/DWI — People trust drivers of big-rigs to be responsible when they’re behind the wheel, but that’s not always the case. Some truck drivers choose to put others at harm by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In a large truck crash causation study analysis brief released by the FMCSA in 2007, use of alcohol, illegal drugs or over-the-counter medications was cited as a factor in 20 percent of trucking accidents, based on a representative sample of large truck crashes nationwide between April 2001 and December 2003. If a potentially impaired truck driver caused you to suffer serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, I will investigate the facts and take appropriate legal action to hold all liable parties accountable.
- Driver fatigue — According to the IIHS, although federal hours-of-service regulations limit the amount of time truck drivers can be behind the wheel in a single stretch or over a seven-day period, surveys reveal that many truckers violate those rules and work longer than allowed. Moreover, in the large truck crash causation study, driver fatigue was cited as a factor in 13 percent of crashes. When a truck driver or trucking company prioritizes speed of delivery over safety, and a tired driver causes a dangerous accident, justice should be served. My Virginia personal injury firm has a strong reputation of standing up for trucking accident victims harmed by negligence such as this.
- Unlicensed or untrained drivers — Sometimes the person behind the wheel of a big-rig does not have a proper license or adequate training to operate it safely. Whether the driver lied to their employer, or a trucking company knowingly put an unqualified driver on the road, I will fight to make sure you get the compensation you need and deserve following a trucking accident with an unlicensed or untrained driver.
Other factors that can contribute to large truck crashes include defective parts or improper maintenance, overloading, driver errors, distracted or unsafe driving, road rage, texting while driving, and other negligent or careless actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident, you can count on me to work tirelessly in pursuit of the full amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To maximize the chances of a positive outcome, I devote personal attention to each case and provide sound advice based on my more than 24 years of experience negotiating settlements and arguing cases in state and federal court, both at jury and bench trials.
Contact a dedicated Virginia trucking accident attorney for a free initial consultation
When a truck driver or trucking company acts recklessly and causes a fatal or injury accident, victims and their families deserve justice. The Law Office of David M. Erwin is committed to helping them get it. I represent clients in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as well as the surrounding cities and counties from Richmond, through Harrisonburg, to Winchester. For a free case evaluation and frank discussion about your legal options, please call my Charlottesville law office at 434-218-4624 or contact me online.