The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates how many hours daily and how many days in a row a truck driver may work and drive. The limits are very strict and must be logged appropriately by truck drivers and trucking companies. In West Virginia, some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roads are coal trucks, logging trucks, and sand and water trucks for oil and gas fracking operations.
Truck drivers have demanding schedules. Both drivers and trucking companies make more money the more hours drivers spend hauling cargo. Many of these trucks, including standard tractor-trailers, are overloaded and drivers can easily lose control on steep grades or when something goes wrong with the truck (e.g., tire blowout or braking problems).
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Call Our Truck Accident Team If You Or A Family Member Has Been Injured In An Accident With A Truck
At Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC, our attorneys know truck accidents up and down. Each case is different, but when necessary, we investigate accident scenes with accident reconstruction experts, pull the truck’s black box data, secure the driver’s logbook and take action to secure other available evidence before it is lost or destroyed.
We know how to connect the dots and find the proof of negligence or wrongful behavior that led to your wreck and injuries. In fact, attorneys Robert Campbell, R. Chad Duffield and Brian Bigelow have undergone hands-on truck driver training and hold their Class A Commercial Driver’s Licenses, authorizing them to operate tractor-trailers, dump trucks and certain other commercial vehicles. The attorneys on our Truck Accident Team are also members of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. Additionally, Robert Campbell and Chad Duffield have been recognized as Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers in West Virginia by the National Trial Lawyers.
Whether the truck driver involved in the accident was just pushing the limit of the federal hour regulations or actually violated them, you may have a case for compensation against the trucking company. A driver may have been sleep deprived, driving recklessly, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving with an improperly secured load or overweight truck, or behaving negligently in some other way.
We Handle The Insurance Company And Maximize Your Compensation
Our lawyers will handle all communications and negotiations with the trucking company’s insurance company. When we file your claim, we will seek compensation for your past, present and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
We will work hard in presenting the strongest claim possible on your behalf. Your case will be prepared for victory at trial, but we will work aggressively to successfully settle your case for maximized compensation through pretrial negotiations.