West Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been in a collision with a truck, then you know the trauma of hitting something of that magnitude. The process of collecting damages from the party at-fault for your accident can be complicated; however, our attorneys have the experience needed to navigate these types of claims.
Typically, these claims will be filed against the trucking company that owns the vehicle, not the driver himself, and will require the assistance of an attorney who has experience handling claims against larger-scale defendants. At Colombo Law, our attorneys have successfully handled personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers, and are well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations that may affect your claim.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you may have legal recourse. To learn how our truck accident attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses, please fill out our no cost case review form today.
How Can a Truck Accident Attorney Help Me?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, there are a number of parties, including the truck driver and their employer, who may be liable for your losses; however, it is not uncommon for these parties to deny fault or liability for a crash. An attorney can help establish liability for your crash, collect evidence to strengthen your claim and help ensure compensation is sought from the appropriate parties.
Following a crash, the trucking company and their insurance company will start an immediate investigation of the scene. These companies have specific and detailed procedures on handling truck accident claims designed to limit the recovery of those injured in the crash.
They may record statements from witnesses, take photos of the accident scene, and examine the vehicles to determine the extent of damage caused by the crash. State authorities may also launch their own investigation into the accident at this time, which may prove beneficial for your claim. At Colombo Law, our attorneys will work with specialized experts to assist in complimenting the official investigation. Our attorneys can:
- Review camera footage, if available
- Interview witnesses
- Review mandatory police and accident reports
- Analyze and review medical records
- Interview medical staff
- Consult experts to reconstruct the accident scene and recreate the accident
There are a number of parties who could be liable for injuries sustained in a truck accident, including the following:
- Truck driver
- Truck driver’s employer
- Owner of the truck
- Company leasing the truck
- Owner of the leasing company
- Owner of the trailer, if attached
- Company leasing the trailer
- Manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or components
Our attorneys have experience handling complex truck accident cases and understand how to clarify which party may, or may not, be liable for your injuries. To help determine liability, our attorneys may investigate:
- The party which had primary control and custody of the vehicle at the time of the accident
- Driving logs and records, including weigh-ins
- The level of control the company had over its drivers
- The driving history of the vehicle and trailer
- Maintenance records
- Potential violations of federal and state laws regarding driving regulations
- Past violations of state and federal trucking laws
- Past criminal convictions
- Potential manufacturing defects
The cost of treating your injuries will likely exceed the amount your insurance covers. To collect compensation for the remainder of your losses, as well as other damages, your lawyer may have to engage in insurance negotiations and potentially, file a lawsuit for additional damages. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may have the right to a wrongful death suit. Retaining a qualified attorney can help to ensure you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
Skilled Truck Accident Attorneys
At Colombo Law our attorneys understand how to effectively demonstrate the consequences of injuries caused by trucking accidents. Our ability to combine compassionate legal services with aggressive legal representation, allows us to maximize the compensation received by our clients involved in West Virginia truck accidents.
A large truck can be devastating and what to do next can be confusing. The attorneys at Colombo Law have experience handling lawsuits for clients who have been seriously injured in accidents involving large trucks. Call us for a free consultation at 304-599-4229.
Prompt investigation of large truck accidents is essential to the successful prosecution of a truck accident case. The sooner you engage the truck attorneys at Colombo Law to represent you, the sooner we can act to secure evidence while it is still fresh. Rain, wind, ice and snow can cause the disappearance of the physical evidence like skid marks, accident debris, impact marks on the road surface, as well as oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains. Other critical evidence involving the truck itself can be lost or destroyed. Preservation of important data like driver’s logs, alcohol and drug testing along with eyewitness testimony may be vital to your case. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a large truck, contact us now.
Telling Your Story
Serious, catastrophic accidents change lives forever. At Colombo Law, our truck accident lawyers tell our client's story, providing jurors with "before" and "after" pictures, producing "day-in-the-life" videos if necessary. We make sure the court understands how you and your family have been affected by the tragedy of your accident. Our office refuses to let our client's future fall victim to an insurance company's bottom line — we explain what you've suffered, what you've lost as a result, and demand fair compensation.
Important Truck Accident Information:
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Contact Our West Virginia Truck Accident Attorneys
The truck accident attorneys at Colombo Law represent clients throughout West Virginia. Our firm offers free initial consultations on truck accident cases.