Truck and Tractor Trailer
When a truck or tractor-trailer accident happens, the incident is much more likely to cause serious personal injury or death than accidents involving only smaller vehicles. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006 there were 368,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in the United States; 4,321 persons were killed and 77,000 persons were injured.
Trucking depends heavily on West Virginia’s interstate highway systems; consequently many vehicle accidents happen on Interstate 79 (which runs through Harrison County) and Interstate 68, as well as I-70, I-77, I-64, and the soon-to-be-completed Corridor H, Route 33, which runs from I-79 Weston, Buckhannon and Elkins to Kerens. Once completed, this highway will continue to extend to Parsons and on through to the State of Virginia.
Secondary road systems such as Route 33 (Upshur, Randolph, and Lewis Counties), Route 92 (Randolph and Barbour Counties), Route 93, Route 98, Route 119 (Upshur, Barbour and Lewis Counties), Route 57, and Route 58 are heavily used by the trucking industry to transport coal, stone, timber, as well as products for sale in local stores.
Accidents involving an 18-wheeler, semi- or tractor-trailer can be caused by different types of negligence. Some common causes of truck and tractor trailer accidents include driver fatigue, improper loading, overloading of trucks, lack of training, driver inexperience, jack-knifing, rollovers, speeding, failure to brake and stop, and faulty inspection, maintenance and repair. Driver fatigue resulting from lack of sleep or rest is a particularly significant problem in the trucking industry. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, driver fatigue is a factor in more than 30% of truck accidents. There are safety regulations that limit the amount of hours a truck driver can be on the road, but unfortunately, these regulations are not always followed.
In the aftermath of an accident, it is important to contact a law firm that is knowledgeable about truck and tractor trailer accidents and is able to do a thorough investigation of the accident. Time is of the essence, as evidence can be destroyed if too much time elapses. The Wolfe Law Firm has had 20 years of experience handling truck and tractor trailer accident claims, as well as other personal injury claims. Dorwin J. Wolfe is an experienced West Virginia truck and tractor trailer accident attorney who has successfully represented clients throughout the state in personal injury lawsuits.
At the Wolfe Law Firm, we work with experienced truck accident reconstructionists who go to the scene of the accident and examine all of the evidence, along with the truck. We utilize the proper experts and act quickly to ensure that key evidence is preserved and that we do a thorough investigation of the accident. We are also familiar with local trucking laws and the West Virginia Interstate Highway system, which are important when dealing with truck and tractor trailer claims.
At the Wolfe Law Firm, we believe in providing each client with high quality and professional representation, and we work diligently to achieve the best outcome possible. Our firm is willing to file suit and go to trial for our clients in the event that they do not receive adequate compensation for their injuries. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay any fees or charges unless you get compensated.
If you have been injured in a truck or tractor trailer accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact the Wolfe Law Firm today by calling toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 or fill out and submit our Contact Us form to set up a free consultation with an experienced West Virginia truck and tractor trailer attorney.