Trucks are notoriously difficult to control. That’s why their drivers are held to higher roadway standards than their peers. Even so, momentary negligence can see both you and your passengers’ lives upended in ways you never imagined.
If you want to pursue legal action against a truck accident, call Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our truck accident lawyers in Wytheville can meet with you to discuss your post-accident compensation.
The Dangers of Trucks on the Road
The size of the average truck limits a driver’s visibility and control on the road. If a truck ends up loaded inappropriately, or if the driver doesn’t rest, those trucks can put other vehicles at risk.
If you’re involved in a truck accident, you need to take care of any injuries as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys can guide you through your legal options after everyone is stable. When you schedule a case consultation, you can discuss the extent of your losses and your related rights.
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Your Wytheville Truck Accident Compensation
Your truck accident losses are going to be unique. That said, you can still break those losses down into pre-existing categories for easy legal interpretation. A Wytheville truck accident attorney estimates your post-accident compensation based on both your economic and non-economic losses.
Economic damages can include the loss of your vehicle and any accident-related injuries. If you can include statements from mechanics or medical professionals alongside these estimates, you can more effectively argue for the full extent of your losses.
Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, do not come with receipts. However, these damages have precedent in Virginia. Both you and one of our attorneys can turn to pre-existing cases to reference the economic value of these intangible losses.
Legal Expenses, Compensation, and Questions of Contingency
If you’ve thought about pursuing legal action after a truck accident but haven’t, we understand. The alleged cost of legal fees can keep many people from pursuing the compensation they deserve.
Christina Pendleton & Associates recognizes the barrier that expenses can place between victims and their rights. That’s why the firm works on contingency. Our firm earns a portion of the settlement or verdict when we win your case, and if we don’t win – you don’t pay us at all.
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Truck Accident Settlements: What to Expect
In some cases, a truck driver’s parent company may reach out to you with a settlement offer. Settlement offers can help you financially recover from an accident. They can, however, help trucking companies avoid lengthy civil litigation.
If you receive a settlement offer after a truck accident, do not accept it without first consulting a Wytheville truck accident attorney. Our legal team can make a separate calculation of your losses and ensure that you’re not being cheated out of essential compensation.
If we find that you haven’t received a comprehensive settlement, we can send our estimate back and begin negotiations. An attorney can guide you through the entirety of this process, ensuring that you have access to the legal advice you need. Should negotiations fall through, we’ll help you bring your case to trial.
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The Process of Filing a Wytheville Truck Accident Complaint
If you want to file a truck accident complaint, you need to know what party you want to hold liable for your losses. While your instinct may be to place the blame on the truck’s driver, there are other parties that may have violated their duty of care. These parties include:
- The truck driver’s parent company
- The parties that loaded the truck
- Construction crews on the road
- Weight crews that didn’t stop the trucker from driving
- The truck’s maintenance crew
- The truck’s manufacturer
To determine who you want to hold liable for your accident-related losses, schedule a consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers in Wytheville. We can assess the evidence found at the scene of your accident and determine how your losses came to be.
We can even manage your communications with parties involved in your suit. This way, we can prevent combative behavior and ensure that your case remains as civil as possible.
Contributory Negligence in Virginia
Unfortunately, there are some obstacles that might prevent you from fighting for the compensation you deserve. Virginia assesses its accidents through the lens of contributory negligence. This means that all parties in an accident will have their involvement in the accident assessed for fault.
You may not pursue civil action if the state believes you contributed fault to your accident. That said, you can still turn to a lawyer for guidance. Our legal team can even argue against accusations of fault, giving you the opportunity you need to bring your case before a judge.
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Virginia’s Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Complaints
Virginia doesn’t give you a significant amount of time to recover from a truck accident. If you want help filing a civil complaint after a truck accident, Code of Virginia §8.01-243 gives you two years to act. Should you try to file a complaint outside of this timeline, your request for compensation can and will be denied.
Fortunately, our Wytheville, VA, truck accident attorneys can make the filing process more straightforward. When you meet with a representative, you can bring together the information you need to file a comprehensive complaint on a tight deadline.
Talk Over Your Wytheville Truck Accident Case With Our Team
You don’t have to wait to pursue financial support after a truck accident. If you believe a truck driver or related party bears the fault for your losses, you can contact a Wytheville truck accident lawyer. The team with Christina Pendleton & Associates can then bring together an accident complaint on your behalf.
If you have questions about your post-truck accident financial support, sit down with a member of our staff. You can schedule a case consultation with our office via phone or through our online contact form.
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