When a coal truck or tractor trailer collides with a passenger-sized motor vehicle on the West Virginia Turnpike, the results can be devastating. Coal truck and tractor trailer accidents are often caused by overworked drivers who fail to pay attention to the road, posing a serious risk to other motorists or companies who fail to properly maintain their trucks and equipment. Even a minor impact from a semi-truck will have a considerable impact on a motor vehicle, and can have severe consequences for the driver and their family.
Truck Accidents and Common Causes
After long hours of driving, a negligent truck driver can cause serious injuries or even death if the driver fails to give the road their full attention. If a truck driver’s negligence results in an accident, the trucker and their insurance company should be held responsible for the injuries and damages they caused. Driver negligence and violations of federal and state trucking regulations are just a few causes of trucking accidents. Any of the following causes of truck accidents may be grounds for legal action:
- Failure to properly maintain vehicle, including tires and brakes
- Exhaustion from long operating hours
- Driving recklessly or speeding
- Improperly loading the truck
- Inadequate training
- Failure to install blind spot mirrors
- Cell phone usage
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Tailgating behind another vehicle
Any reckless or illegal action by a truck driver or third party that results in an accident can be justification for filing a civil suit. Depending on the specific details of the accident, any of the following parties may be held liable:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Manufacturers, designers, or distributors of defective truck equipment
- Truck loading company
- Government agency in the event of a road defect
Depending on the circumstances of the coal truck or tractor trailer accident, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation. If a loved one has been lost due to a negligent truck driving accident, our attorneys will work relentlessly to help you receive compensation. If it can be determined that the truck driver was grossly negligent or operating their vehicle with a blatant disregard for the safety of others, it may be possible to exact extra punishment by filing for punitive damages.
Our compassionate attorneys understand the emotional and physical pains associated with serious accidents. At The Chafin Law Firm, we offer unwavering, diligent representation to our clients. Our firm has the experience and resources needed to take on the coal and trucking companies to make certain that you and your family are protected and receive the compensation you deserve.