Aggressive Lawyers Tackle West Virginia Truck Accident Cases
Passionate representation focused on optimal results for victims
Sharing the highway with a semi-truck can be disconcerting, but when the driver is overly aggressive on tight country roads, you have reason to be genuinely worried. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a commercial truck, the determined attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban are here to help. Our personal injury attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience, and we are passionate about seeking justice for people like you.
The most common truck accident injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 69 percent of truck accident victims are occupants of passenger cars while only 16 percent are occupants of the truck. Because of the destructive force of a large commercial truck, automobile passengers are likely to sustain severe and even catastrophic injuries in a truck collision. The most common injuries suffered in such crashes include:
- Concussions, head wounds, and traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and spinal injuries
Severe injuries can last a lifetime and even require a lifetime of care, making the need for full, fair compensation even more important.
Common causes of truck crashes in West Virginia
Commercial trucks are vitally important to our national economy. However, because they are inherently dangerous, the federal government regulates them heavily. Unfortunately, federal regulations cannot eliminate all causes of truck crashes, especially when truckers and trucking companies defy the law. Common causes of truck accidents in the Mountain State include:
- Long driving hours — Too often, truck drivers violate federal safety regulations that limit the number of hours they can work behind the wheel. This leads to driving impaired by fatigue. By pushing their physical limitations, these drivers make the roads less safe for everyone.
- Driver distraction — Because they spend so much time on the road, truckers often get bored and engage in distractive behavior, including cellphone use and texting, which are especially hazardous.
- Road hazards — West Virginia’s narrow, winding mountain roads can be particularly treacherous for big-rigs.
- Mechanical failure — Tractor-trailers take a great deal of punishment, leading to brake failure, tire blowouts, and other dangerous mechanical problems when manufacturers produce defective parts or the trucking companies are not conscientious about maintenance.
- Weather conditions — Harsh weather can limit visibility and reduce traction, making big-rig accidents more likely.
Finding the root cause of a truck accident can be a complex undertaking, but our experienced attorneys are ready to investigate thoroughly and consult skilled experts who can deliver precise answers. Once we determine who is at fault, we work tirelessly to hold them fully accountable.
Proving liability in truck accidents
To recover compensation, a victim must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that someone else is responsible for the accident. Potential defendants in a commercial truck accident include:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The maintenance company
- The truck part manufacturer
- The government entity responsible for maintaining the road
In cases of driver error, the trucking company is also liable under the legal theory respondeat superior, Latin for “let the master answer.” That theory makes employers responsible for the negligence of their employees, so we will press for the resolution you deserve when a trucker’s negligence is the cause of your injury.
Contact our West Virginia injury attorneys to schedule a free truck accident consultation
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban helps victims of truck accidents in West Virginia recover full compensation for serious injuries. Call us today at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. You pay nothing until your case is resolved and you receive compensation.