Tractor Trailer Accidents
Richmond attorney Wayne O'Bryan has over 40 years experience to help answer your most pressing questions.
What’s the difference between a tractor trailer accident and a regular car accident?+
Tractor trailer accidents can be more severe because you are dealing with very heavy vehicles that can weigh over 80,000 pounds. The majority of the time a trucking company will be involved in the claim whereas in a regular car accident you usually only have to deal with the other driver. Tractor trailer drivers have to adhere to a distinct set of driving rules and regulations than regular car drivers, so the process of investigating a claim is different.
What are some of the dangers of driving around large tractor-trailer trucks on the highway?+
1. Blind spots – Tractor trailers have large blind spots all around the truck that can cause a trucker to not see your vehicle, making them more likely to move into your lane.
2. Wide right turns – Trucks need to swing wide to the left in order to make a right turn. If a small car cuts in between a truck and the curb then a serious accident may occur as the car is squeezed by the truck into the curb.
3. Increased stopping distance – Large trucks require much more distance to come to a stop than smaller vehicles due to tractor trailers large weight.
What is involved in investigating an accident with a tractor trailer?+
When you seek the help of an attorney who specializes in tractor trailer accidents in Virginia, the process includes exploring the driver’s experience, training, prior driving history, and his/her mental and physical condition at the time of the accident. An attorney will also investigate the trucking company’s operations and policies.
How much compensation can I expect to receive in a tractor trailer accident?+
The amount of your claim will depend on a variety of factors including how much damage was made to your car, the extent of your injuries, how much time off you had from work, just to name a few. Your attorney will have a better idea of how much you can expect to receive after your consultation.
Will the trucking company pay for my medical bills?+
If the trucking company is at fault, they will have to pay for your medical bills, but they may not pay for them initially. If you have medical insurance, it may be best to see a doctor right away and have your insurance cover it. However, before you talk with any insurance companies, consult with your attorney first to find out what options are available to you.
Do I need a Virginia tractor trailer attorney to help me file a claim?+
If your injuries are minor, you may not need an attorney, however, it never hurts to speak to someone with experience who has the resources to investigate your claim and can help maximize the amount of recovery you receive.
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