Truck Accident Lawyer in Fairfax County
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Victims of big rig crashes need compensation to help them pay for their medical bills, get the therapy and rehabilitation they need, repair or replace their vehicle, and cover other losses and damages associated with their injuries. In some cases, family members of accident victims need compensation to pay for ongoing nursing care for their permanently disabled loved ones, or for funeral costs and other expenses after a fatal truck accident.
If a tractor trailer driver caused your injuries in a Virginia traffic accident, you need a truck accident lawyer in Fairfax County from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC on your side. We can investigate your crash, identify all liable parties, and file an insurance claim to recover the compensation you deserve. We offer complimentary consultations, and our knowledgeable truck accident legal team is here to help. Call us today: 571-229-1800.
Who is liable for my Fairfax County truck accident injuries?
Truck accident liability is more complex than a typical car accident case. Truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are clear-cut. Some of the most common reasons truck accidents occur include:
- Fatigued drivers who violate federal hours of service regulations
- Truck drivers who change lanes or merge without looking
- Drunk or drugged truckers
- Cargo shifting because of an improperly secured or packed load
- Mechanical issues because of skipped maintenance
- Blown tires, often because of missed inspections or defects
- Failure in the brake system
- Issues with the road design or maintenance
As you can see from this list, there are a number of places we can point fingers depending on the cause of each accident. Some fall solely on the shoulders of the truck driver. In others, fault lies with the driver and the trucking company. And in some rare instances, a parts manufacturer or even a government agency may be to blame. When we review the facts of your case and investigate the cause of your crash, we identify all possible liable parties and hold them responsible for their actions.
When a truck driver acts negligently and causes an accident, he is usually not the only liable party. Instead, the legal doctrine of vicarious liability (i.e., the employer is liable for the employee’s work-related actions) allows us to also hold the truck driver’s employer responsible for your damages.
The vast majority of truck accident claims fall on the trucking company because most occur due to an act of negligence on the part of the trucker. By holding the truck’s owner liable in addition to the driver, we can often recover a larger payout thanks to the company’s large liability policy.
Occasionally, we investigate an accident and find neither the driver nor the trucking company is at-fault. This often occurs when a defective truck part, such as the braking system, causes the crash. Imagine a truck driver’s braking system fails as the truck is approaching to a red light. The trucker had no indication his brakes might fail, and the trucking company was unaware the truck had a defect. In this case, we can file a defective product claim against the brake manufacturer, holding it responsible for your injuries.
How can we fight a trucking company or other corporation for compensation?
It frightens many accident victims when they realize they will need to take on a large corporation to get the compensation they need from their Fairfax County truck accident claim. However, there is no reason to worry as long as you do not try to go face-to-face with the trucking company without a skilled legal team on your side.
It pays to enlist our help as soon as possible after your accident. The evidence in your case can disappear quickly if we do not begin our investigation and take action to preserve all possible proof to support your claim. One of the first things we will do is issue a letter of spoliation to the trucking company and other involved parties. This is necessary in trucking accident cases since so much of the evidence we need to prove negligence is in the hands of the liable party.
The spoliation letter notifies the trucking company of our intent to file a claim, and asks that it gather and protect all available evidence pertaining to the case. Through this letter, we can secure:
- The driver’s logs
- Digital data from the truck’s computer
- Maintenance records for the truck
- Inspection checklists
- Mandatory alcohol and drug test results
- Personnel records outlining the driver’s training
- Records of past accidents and other incidents
We also have access to many resources we can use to help us understand how and why your accident occurred, including accident reconstruction specialists and other experts.
When we have all possible evidence collected to back your claim, we can file a liability claim with the trucking company’s insurance provider. This begins our fight for a fair settlement. If the other party does not offer you a fair settlement, we can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve.
How much is my Virginia truck accident case worth?
It is impossible to give you a value for your trucking accident claim before we complete the investigation into your crash and calculate your damages. To understand the full value of your claim, we first add up all your expenses and losses. This includes:
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Ongoing and/or future care
- Lost wages
- Property damages to your vehicle
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Then, we use this total as well as other information about the severity of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life to put a value on your “pain and suffering” and inconvenience. Only once we do this can we give you an estimated range we hope to recover through an insurance settlement or lawsuit.
Why is The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC the best option for helping me win my Fairfax County truck accident case?
Fairfax County truck accident attorney Jim Parrish used to work for the insurance companies. He knows they do not want to pay out a reasonable amount for your injuries, and he is not afraid to fight them for the money you deserve.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC offers complimentary case evaluations for Fairfax County truck accident victims. Call our office today at 571-229-1800 to get started.