Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer

Richmond may be one of the oldest cities in the country, but today, it has the same modern amenities—including hundreds of miles of highway—as the rest of America. Highways such as I-95, I-64, I-295, and I-288 are key transportation routes in the state, and are some of the most heavily traveled highways in Virginia. Yet these roads are also dangerous. Not only are these highways congested with vehicles traveling at high speeds, but they are also used by large trucks on a daily basis. Sometimes, negligence occurs, and these large trucks are involved in serious accidents.

If you are involved in a serious accident with a large truck in Richmond, our team at the offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP can help. Our Richmond truck accident lawyers have been serving clients in our state for nearly 50 years, and we have the resources necessary to pursue a successful claim on your behalf.

The Devastating Nature of Richmond Truck Accidents

Anyone who has seen the wreckage of a truck accident understands how devastating these accidents can be. A large truck can weigh up to 20 times more than average passenger car, which means that in a collision, thousands of pounds of metal are involved. Often, these trucks are traveling at high speeds. When combined with any dangerous materials that a large truck may be carrying, ranging from flammable materials to toxic chemicals, these accidents can have tragic consequences.

Two of the most devastating types of truck accidents that often leave victims with fatal or life-altering injuries are:

  • Underride truck accidents. In an underride truck accident, the passenger vehicle rides under the rear of the truck, causing the front end of the vehicle to be completely crushed. This usually happens when the rear-driver—the passenger car—is following too closely to the truck and the truck stops.
  • Override truck accidents. An override truck accident occurs when the front of a large truck rides over the rear of a passenger car. This may occur because the truck driver is following the car too closely, or the passenger car changes lanes aggressively, cutting too closely in front of the large truck.
  • Of course, these are not the only types of truck accidents. Truck rollovers, sideswipe collisions, head-on crashes, and T-bone accidents are all possible. While the severity will depend upon the type of accident and the amount of force involved—determined by the mass of the vehicles and the speed at which they are traveling at the time of the crash—truck accidents are almost always quite serious for the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicle.

Our Richmond Truck Accident Lawyers Get to the Bottom of What Happened

Our lawyers are skilled at accident investigation, meaning that we have the resources, skills, and experience to open a thorough investigation into your truck accident to determine exactly what happened, who is at fault, and against whom we should file a claim. We don’t do it on our own: instead, we work with accident reconstruction experts, vehicle design experts, engineers, and other professionals.

One of the areas we will investigate is whether the truck driver violated federal regulations. One of the agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)—enforces federal safety regulations created for the U.S. trucking industry. The FMCSA’s regulations require truck drivers to take proper breaks after a certain amount of driving time and regularly inspect their trucks. A commercial truck driver’s violation of FMCSA regulations could be used as evidence against the driver in a truck accident case.

Truck accident claims are complex—and not only because these types of accidents often result in serious injuries and enormous losses. Truck accident claims are complicated because determining precisely what caused the accident and who should be held liable can be complicated. There are often multiple parties involved in a truck accident claim. Potentially liable parties include the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipper or loader of cargo, the manufacturer of the truck, or a third-party driver. If more than one party is to blame, we can help you to recover compensation from multiple insurance companies.

Damages You May Seek in a Truck Accident Claim

Whether you are the truck accident victim yourself or the family member of someone who was killed in a truck accident in Richmond, you have the right to seek the full value of damages suffered. This includes compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, both past and future
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Lost benefits and value of household contributions
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish

There are no caps on damages for economic (financial) damages or noneconomic (intangible losses, such as pain and suffering) damages in Virginia truck accidents. There are, however, caps on punitive damages. Punitive damages, which are not always given, are designed to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and are limited to $350,000 in Virginia.

How Long Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?

If you are involved in a truck accident or lose a loved one in a truck accident, we highly recommend that you contact our law offices as soon as possible so that we can begin the claims process and get to work investigating your accident. If you wait too long to take action, you may be barred from recovering damages at all. This is because, per Virginia Code Section 8.01-243, the statute of limitations in Virginia for all personal injury claims, including truck accident claims, is two years from the date the cause of action accrues. This means that if you have been injured in a truck accident, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you are bringing the claim on behalf of a deceased relative, you will have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file the claim.

We Are Here for You

Our lawyers cannot tell you what it is like to suffer from a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, an amputation, or another type of tragic and life-changing injury. We can tell you, however, what it is like to watch victims of these injuries and their families try to figure out what happens next. We know that what you are going through is excruciating and emotional, and that at this time, you may feel alone and hopeless.

Nothing can change what has been done, but we can help you prepare for the future. When you contact our law firm, we will review your case for free. If all parties decide to move forward with the truck accident claim, we will work on your case on a contingency fee basis and prioritize recovering for you the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a consultation with our compassionate Richmond truck accident lawyers today, talk to us online, call us at (804) 358-1568, or email us directly. We are here for you.

"I saw the commercials and the lady stating she was going down the highway with her two year old son in the car, and the tractor trailer hit her. In my case I was traveling down the highway and the truck hit me than made me lose control and I hit another vehicle that had a two year old child in it. I knew then your company would be a perfect fit for my case."

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