As American roads grow increasingly busy and congested, commercial trucks have become one of the greatest threats facing motorists. The massive size and weight of the average big rig is all the more dangerous when the driver behind the wheel is hurrying to meet a strict delivery deadline. Thanks to the competitive nature of the trucking industry, truck drivers often cut corners to deliver their goods quickly - driving without the recommended amount of sleep, taking unnecessary risks, or even resorting to drugs to stay awake.
If you have been seriously injured or if your loved one has been killed in a trucking accident in Virginia, please call us today at (800) 361-0430 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Norfolk truck accident attorneys.
Most Truck Accidents Are Preventable
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), someone is seriously injured or killed in a commercial truck accident every 16 minutes. The most frustrating thing about this statistic is that the majority of truck accidents are preventable. In Virginia, I-81 truck accidents happen far too often.
Negligence in tractor-trailer accidents can usually be traced back to multiple parties, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck's manufacturer, and more. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigued driving
- Defective truck parts
- Reckless driving
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improperly-secured loads
- Drug use
Many of these problems are a direct consequence of the competitive nature of the trucking industry. Motor carriers sometimes make their drivers' paycheck contingent on a quick delivery. Even though federal law limits the amount of consecutive hours a truck driver can legally operate their vehicle each day, drivers will often skip their mandatory rest breaks, or cut corners on routine inspections - all in an effort to meet the high demands placed on them by their employer.
For more information, please see: Questions About Tractor-Trailer Accidents.
Trucking Companies Are Prepared for a Fight – Are You?
Whenever a commercial truck accident happens, motor carrier companies will quickly send lawyers, investigators, and representatives to the scene of the accident, with the goal of minimizing the company's liability as much as possible. Without an experienced Virginia trucking accident lawyer on your side, you risk letting key evidence slip through your fingers.
The attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman know the tactics that trucking companies will use to fight your claim. We can help you understand your rights, gather the facts of your case, and get your life back on track. Our firm has the resources you need to fully investigate your accident, and we will identify every party who can be held accountable for your injuries.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident in Virginia or northeastern North Carolina, please contact Kalfus & Nachman online or call (800) 361-0430 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Virginia tractor-trailer accident attorneys. "Tell Them You Mean Business!"