Fredericksburg Truck Accident Lawyer
The most populated roads in Fredericksburg are Interstate 95 and US-1, which provide access from Fredericksburg to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to these two, a variety of other roads in the area, such as Route 3 and Route 301, are also used by drivers of passenger cars and large trucks alike.
There is no doubt that large trucks, such as semi–trucks and tractor-trailers, serve an important role in today’s economy. But because these trucks often weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they are also inherently dangerous, especially when moving at high speeds.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Fredericksburg and suffered serious injuries, or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, our law firm is here for you. Our experienced Fredericksburg truck accident attorneys know how to pursue truck accident claims that result in fair settlements for our clients.
Why Truck Accidents Occur
Large truck accidents typically occur because of human error. In most cases, truck accidents could be avoided but for acts of negligence—the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care. These collisions cause not only to crashes, but also tragic injuries. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver errors. Truck driver errors may include taking a turn too fast, speeding, driving aggressively, improperly changing lanes, following a car too closely, driving while intoxicated or impaired, driving while overly fatigued, or driving while distracted.
- Passenger vehicle driver errors. The truck driver is not always at fault in a truck accident; in many cases, the drivers of passenger vehicles do not operate their vehicles safely, either. Cutting off a driver, following too closely, driving in a truck driver’s blind spots, or engaging in “squeeze play” can all lead to accidents.
- Cargo shifts. Sometimes, a truck accident may occur because of a shift in the hundreds or thousands of pounds’ worth of cargo that the truck is carrying. A cargo shift may occur because the cargo was improperly loaded or improperly secured. This is usually the fault of the cargo loader.
- Truck defects. Truck accidents may occur because something goes wrong with the truck, such as failure of the brakes or a tire blowout. These types of accidents are frightening, as they can be impossible for a truck driver to predict, prevent, or correct. When a defect of the truck a component of the truck is to blame for an accident, getting to the bottom of exactly what went wrong is important. In some cases, the truck part manufacturer may be to blame for designing or manufacturing a defective and dangerous part. In other cases, the trucking company may be at fault if the defect would not have occurred but for its improper maintenance or repairs.
The above list is not exhaustive—defects in the road, improperly marked construction zones, improper signage, and other errors can also lead to accidents. So, too, can a truck driver’s failure to follow federal regulations. is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that promulgates safety regulations for the U.S. trucking industry. Its regulations, intended to decrease the large numbers of trucking accidents that occur each year, include limitations on the amount of time a trucker can drive without taking a rest and the number of inspections a driver must make on the truck. If a commercial truck driver violates these FMCSA regulations, such violations may be used as evidence against the driver in a truck accident case.
Helping You Recover
Our lawyers understand the severity of truck accidents. When truck accidents are not fatal, they may leave victims with injuries such as:
- Loss of limb and amputation
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries
These injuries have numerous consequences, such as causing pain and limiting a person’s mobility and ability to do the things that she enjoys the most. They are also expensive to treat, can require lifelong in-home care, and may force the person to stop working, which inhibits her earning capacity. At the law offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP, our Fredericksburg truck accident lawyers work hard to help you recover:
- Economic losses. Economic losses are damages for your actual financial losses, such as the total value of your medical expenses, any property damage you suffered, and the value of your current and future lost wages.
- Noneconomic losses. Noneconomic losses are your intangible and immeasurable losses, such as the value of your pain and suffering, emotional distress, psychological injury, and loss of quality of life.
- Punitive damages. We can help you seek compensation for punitive damages when your accident was caused by the malicious, intentional, or egregious conduct of the at-fault party.
It Is Important that You Act Now
One of the biggest mistakes that those who have been injured in a Virginia truck accident make is failing to act as soon as possible. If you wait too long to file your claim, hire a lawyer, or file a lawsuit for damages, you will forfeit your right to compensation. Virginia’s statute of limitations requires that you file a personal injury claim within two years of the date of your accident. If you wait longer than the two-year window, you will be barred from seeking damages.
We Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
One reason truck accident victims often hesitate to seek legal counsel is that they are worried about the cost of hiring an attorney. We want to make it clear that a consultation with us is both confidential and free, and that we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we don’t recover damages for you, we will not charge you a single fee. If we do recover damages for you, then our fee will be based on a percentage of your winnings; you never have to pay us out of pocket.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
A Fredericksburg truck accident can change your life. If you have been in a truck accident and know that your future has been altered, contact us to learn more about your options and how our lawyers can help. We have competent Fredericksburg truck accident lawyers who care about helping you recover at the offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP. Stop by or call us today.