The Virginia truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. are prepared to immediately investigate injuries and death caused by trucking collisions. The heavy volume of trucking in our area coupled with the huge weight of a tractor-trailer, result in a significant number of truck accident victims who often suffer from severe injuries including brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and major damage to the vertebrae and discs of their neck and back. It is important to have a lawyer with experience, and a complete knowledge of your legal rights as a truck accident victim.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, DON’T speak with an insurance adjuster for the trucking company until you have read my special report.
Special Legal Investigation of the Cause of Truck Accidents
The truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. understand the critical importance of immediate investigation to determine the cause of trucking accidents. A tractor-trailer and other trucks present special circumstances which many victims (and sometimes investigating police officers) lack the expertise to understand. For example, the following potential causes must be carefully considered as part of our investigations for our truck accident victims:
- Truck drivers who have been on the road for too long with inadequate sleep
- Truck drivers who have become impaired from alcohol and drugs, especially stimulants taken to overcome excessive time on the road
- Trucks with excessive loads; causing the overloaded truck to become dangerously uncontrollable
- Oversized trucks which exceed established rules and regulations for the safe length, width, and height for operation
- Missing safety equipment; including the absence of reflectors, lights, and other warning devices
- Poorly maintained brakes and tires
- Excessive speed
Special Legal Knowledge of Trucking Laws and Regulations
The Virginia truck accident lawyers at our firm understand there are extensive rules and regulations unique to truck drivers and trucking companies which operate in our state. It is critical to hire a lawyer who understands these complex rules and regulations. A violation of the safety rules or regulations by a truck driver or tucking company results in a special type of liabaility called negligence per se. If you would like more information about weather or not safety or regulation was violated by the truck which caused your serious injury, contact us immediately for a free, no obligation consultation.
Special Knowledge of Trucking in Virginia
The Hamptons Roads area is home to several enormously busy trucking centers. Norfolk International Terminal, Portsmouth International Terminal, Newport News International Terminal, as well as commercial trucking centers located in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and other communities of Tidewater Virginia have generated an explosion of truck and tractor trailer traffic in our area. The Interstate 95 corridor throught Petersburg, Richmond, and into Northern Virginia hosts a very significant volume of trucks. Route 460, cutting east to west across the state of Virginia is notorious for fatal trucking accidents. And, the interstate 81 corridor, which runs through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is one of the most notorious for tractor-trailer traffic in the state. The result for Virginia drivers has been devastating.
2006: A Very Bad Year for Virginia Truck Accident Victims
1331 Persons Injured
4366 Tractor-Trailer Crashes
70 Persons Killed in Tractor-Trailer Crashes
2972 Major Property Damage to Automobiles Struck by Tractor Trailers
Source: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Find the Best Lawyer As Soon As Possible
Immediate investigation often makes the difference between winning and losing a tractor-trailer injury case. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. conducts immediate investigations to identify crucial witnesses and preserve important evidence. Our attorneys and staff will immediately notify the insurance companies involved to protect you from abusive insurance company tactics. Delays in an investigation can destroy your case because evidence is often lost and key witnesses can become very difficult to locate over time.
Watch Out for Hidden Deadlines
Under Virginia Law, it is necessary to file a lawsuit within strict deadlines. In many cases, Virginia provides for a two year deadline also known as a Statue of Limitations. However, special circumstances apply depending on who owns the truck, and the age or disability of the person injured. Contact the truck accident lawyers at our firm for a free, no obligation consultation. We will start working on your case immediately.
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