Truck Accident Attorney in Morgantown West Virginia
From the serious physical injuries incurred to the long-term financial and emotional effects, truck accident victims can experience substantial losses. Recovering the appropriate compensation requires the help of an experienced attorney.
Accidents involving trucks are unlike car accidents for a number of reasons. A typical “big rig” weighs 80,000 pounds or more, as opposed to the average car, weighing in at around 3,000 pounds. The difference in size between a truck and a car means truck accidents are often fatal. Because trucks are so large, acceleration, braking, visibility and turning are all limited.
Trucks are usually operated by a driver who is employed by a trucking or shipping company. In the event of an accident, identifying the defendants becomes more difficult, as employers, contractors, trucking companies and insurance companies may share liability for the driver’s negligence. Questions regarding liability can become further complicated when the trucker is an independent contractor or whether or not the truck was hauling hazardous materials.
Truck drivers may pose an increased risk to other motorists where they have inadequate training, when there are systems of compensation that encourage more and faster driving, and when the pressure of unrealistic schedules result in drivers who are tired or rushed. Hayhurst Law PLLC and Attorney Eric Hayhurst work diligently to investigate the possible causes of each truck accident, including:
- Alcohol or Drug-Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Aggressive Driving/Road Rage
- Improper Truck Maintenance
- Defective Vehicle Components
- Improperly Secured Cargo
- Inadequate Driver Training
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, it is critical to contact an experienced attorney who will fight for your best interests. We are trusted advocates for crash victims and their loved ones, and we are available to take immediate action to protect your right to appropriate compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney in Morgantown West Virginia.