Truck Accident Lawyer Roanoke Virginia | Injury Attorney

We'll Hold Them Accountable & Help You Recover.

Lugar Injury Law will fight for you to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries after a truck accident.

It is easy to overlook how many large trucks are on the road. Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers are familiar sights in Roanoke, and you probably don?t give them a thought until you are tragically involved in a collision. With their size, weight, and possible speed, a truck accident can wreak tremendous damage. This means a potentially long physical recovery, life-changing injuries, and trying to hold the responsible party accountable, so you get what you need to put your life back together.

A lot is involved with a truck accident claim, and you?ll be confronted with staggering medical bills, complex regulations, large trucking companies, and their even larger insurers, all with a significant interest in paying you less.

But, you do not have to take all of this on yourself. With the help of an aggressive and skilled truck accident lawyer, you can pursue the compensation you need.

To speak with an experienced Roanoke personal injury attorney about your truck accident, call Lugar Injury Law at (540) 384-0348 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation. There are never up-front costs to you, and we?re only paid when you recover compensation.

Schedule a free consultation. Speak with an experienced attorney today.

Truck Accident Statistics in Virginia

In 2017, Virginia experienced 4,570 commercial motor vehicle crashes, which amounted to 3.6 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the Virginia Highway Safety Office. Of these crashes, 1,877 lead to injuries, and 94 fatalities.

Of the occupants who were injured, 100 drivers were seriously injured, and 748 drivers suffered non-serious injuries. Eighteen passengers were seriously injured, and 402 passengers suffered non-serious injuries. Additionally, 14 commercial drivers and three passengers were killed.

If you were injured in a truck accident or if your loved one was killed in a crash, do not hesitate to call a truck accident lawyer near you. An experienced attorney can review your circumstances and advise you of your rights and options. If you have a legal claim, our Roanoke attorneys can pursue compensation for your injuries or loss.

Virginia truck accident statistics
types of truck accidents

Types of Truck Accidents

Whatever type of truck accident you or a loved one were involved in, do not hesitate to call Lugar Injury Law to speak with an experienced and skilled lawyer. By working with a truck wreck lawyer as soon as possible, you have someone to protect possible evidence, investigate the crash, and pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries or loss.

Whether you were hurt in a jackknife accident or a truck rear-ended you, we will find out what happened and why, identify the liable party, and aggressively pursue the best possible result.

Large trucks and other vehicles are involved in all types of collisions in Virginia, such as:

  • Head-On Truck Collisions
  • Jackknife Accidents
  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Spills
  • Underride Truck Accidents
  • Override Truck Accidents
  • Wide Turn Accidents
  • Brake Failure Truck Accidents
  • Runaway Truck Accidents
  • Rear-End Truck Wrecks
  • Blind Spot Truck Accidents
  • Rollover Truck Accidents
  • T-Bone Truck Accidents
  • Passenger Vehicle-Truck Collisions
  • Motorcycle-Truck Crashes
  • Truck-Pedestrian Collisions
  • Truck-Train Accidents
mechanic working on truck

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

When you or a relative are involved in a trucking accident, you may not know what happened. One minute you are driving, the next you are being hit by a semi or other large commercial vehicle. It can be impossible to know what really caused the crash until your lawyer investigates the collision. At Lugar Injury Law, we conduct thorough, independent investigations into truck accidents. We also send preservation of evidence letters and file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit as soon as possible to gather additional evidence through discovery. We are vigorous in our pursuit of the truth. By finding out what happened, we can identify who is truly responsible for your injuries. Then, we will fight hard to hold that party liable in court and obtain you full and fair compensation.

Truck accidents happen for all types of reasons. Some of the most common causes of truck wrecks in Roanoke and throughout the state include:

  • Truck driver error
  • Distracted truck drivers
  • Fatigued truck drivers
  • Inexperienced or improperly trained truck drivers
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Motor carrier (trucking company) negligence
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol or drug-related impairment
  • Failure to maintain a lookout
  • Overloading
  • Truck defects
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Safety regulation violations

We Handle Claims Involving All Types of Commercial Trucks

At Lugar Injury Law, our truck accident attorneys are experienced in handling claims involving all types of commercial trucks and vehicles, including:

  • Semi-Trucks
  • 18-Wheelers
  • Tractor-Trailers
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Moving Trucks
  • Delivery Trucks
  • Mail Trucks
  • Agricultural Vehicles
  • Construction Vehicles
  • Cement Trucks
  • Tow Trucks
  • Utility Trucks
  • Tanker Trucks
  • Refrigerated Trucks

If you were in a crash with a large truck, it is essential to determine whether it was a personal vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle. Commercial vehicles are regulated by federal law, and whether or not the driver and truck owner complied with federal law is critical.

Lugar Injury Law will thoroughly investigate the crash to determine the type of vehicle, identify relevant regulations, and analyze whether any regulatory violations led to the collision.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

At Lugar Injury Law, we handle claims involving all types of truck accident injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Facial and head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Psychological trauma

After suffering moderate, severe, or catastrophic injuries in a trucking accident, it is important to obtain all necessary medical care to ensure you have the best possible chance at recovery. Then, contact an experienced truck injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.

Possible Compensation After a Truck Wreck

After a trucking accident caused by another party?s negligence, you may seek compensation for:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses

  • Lost wages

  • Physical pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Scarring and disfigurement

  • Disability

  • Loss of earning capacity

  • Reduced quality of life

After being hurt in a truck accident, your recovery will depend on various factors. The type and extent of your injuries are very important. The more severe, disabling, and visible your injuries, the greater their potential value. Another important factor is the at-fault party?s policy limit. Luckily, when a business is liable for your injuries, it is more likely to have a higher policy limit than if someone injured you in their personal vehicle . To learn more about the issues that affect your compensation, speak with a truck accident lawyer.

Pursuing Compensation After a Truck Accident

The first step towards recovering what you deserve after a truck accident is for a lawyer to send letters to all potential parties regarding the preservation of evidence. In a truck accident case, a great deal of evidence is under the control of the trucking company, truck driver, manufacturer, maintenance provider, and other businesses. You need those businesses to maintain certain records throughout your claim or truck accident lawsuit.

Your attorney will likely file a personal injury suit as soon as possible. This gives your lawyer full advantage of the discovery period to seek evidence through depositions, interviews, and requests for documents. This evidence can help determine what happened, why it occurred, and identify who was responsible, which will narrow the focus and strengthen your claim.

During your truck accident lawsuit, your lawyer will also deal with the motor carrier?s insurance company. When it becomes clear that your claim is valid, your attorney and the insurer will enter settlement negotiations. If pre-trial negotiations are successful, you may accept a settlement offer and resolve the case.

If you are unable to resolve the claim through a settlement, then your attorney will present your case before the judge and jury, which will be responsible for deciding whether the other party is at fault. The judge, or jurors in a jury trial, will decide how much compensation you should receive as well. At Lugar Injury Law, we have an excellent trial record and know what it takes to succeed in court.

wrongful death

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claims

If your parent, spouse, or child was killed in a fatal truck wreck, call a truck accident lawyer at Lugar Injury Law as soon as possible. When a person?s death is the result of another party?s carelessness, recklessness, intentional misconduct, or failure to act, then that person?s surviving close family members may have the right to pursue compensation for their financial losses and grief.

A Virginia wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the personal representative of the decedent?s estate on behalf of the statutory beneficiaries, which may be a surviving spouse, child, or grandchild or another surviving family member who was either dependent on the decedent or who is an heir under Virginia law. You should speak with a lawyer about whether you can file a wrongful death suit and whether you can obtain compensation through this legal claim.

Under a wrongful death claim, survivors may obtain compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, loss of decedent?s care, companionship, and society as well as mental anguish.

statute of limitations

Virginia Statute of Limitations

In Virginia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are rare circumstances when you may have a longer period to file. However, in most truck accident claims, you have two years from the date of the crash to file.

For wrongful death claims, you also have two years to file. However, the two-period begins on the date of the person?s death, not the date of the accident. If your loved one survived for days, weeks, or months after the truck wreck, the statute of limitations would be on hold until after they pass.

This can seem like plenty of time to weigh your options after a serious accident, but truck accident cases can become highly technical and complex. If you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim after the two-year period, your case can be dismissed, and you will lose the right to pursue compensation. It?s best to work with a lawyer early and preserve your rights.