Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident, regardless of the severity can cause devastating injuries and is emotionally taxing. If you have been involved in a truck accident, the experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at the Joel Bieber Firm are here to guide you.
Approximately 70% of goods are transported by a type of truck to get to their destination in the United States. While trucks are extremely useful, they are also extremely dangerous and cause thousands of deaths each year.
There are trucks on our highways that are 70 feet long and weigh almost 80,000 lbs (36 tons). Many truck drivers are skilled professional drivers, who do an important job in transporting their cargo while obeying laws. However, some drivers are simply motivated by profit and they ignore safety regulations and laws, so that they can transport more loads in an unsafe manner. Our truck accident lawyers have seen the full gambit and will help you every step of the way.
At The Joel Bieber Firm, we have a winning reputation for handling truck accidents. Handling truck accidents that involve commercial drivers’ licenses require a special knowledge of those laws and our truck accident lawyers know them at a detailed level.
Immediate Steps You Should Take if You Have a Virginia Beach Truck Accident
After a truck accident, it is crucial that you act safely and intentionally. Trucks are extremely large vehicles and they can cause extreme harm during and following an accident. Follow these steps immediately following an accident to ensure you are setting yourself up for a successful truck accident claim:
- Move to a safe and secure area away from the vehicles in the accident.
Immediately following an accident, it is important to secure a safe location if you are not too injured to move. By moving to a safe location, you are preventing further damages and protecting your best interest.
2. Call the Police.
Once you get to safety, call the police immediately so that they can get to the accident scene as soon as possible. The police officers will be able to file an accident claim and act as a resource moving forward with resolving your truck accident claim. While the police will document the accident scene and gather information, do not rely on their report for your own accord of the accident.
3. Exchange information with all those involved and document the accident scene.
If you are able, it is extremely important to gather information from the other drivers, such as their vehicle registration, contact, and insurance information. We highly recommend that you take pictures of the accident scene, any vehicles involved, the surrounding areas, and gather the contact information of any witnesses.
4. Seek medical attention and document your injuries.
Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible after any serious vehicle accident. Continue to keep monitoring your health as some symptoms of injuries, such as headaches, dizziness, or pain, do not appear for hours and even days following a crash. If your injuries are visible, have a loved one or friend take photos of them as soon as possible after the accident and as you recover.
5. Call the Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at The Joel Bieber Firm.
As soon as you contact our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers, we will evaluate your claim and work to ensure that your rights are protected. We will work with you to determine the best course of action that works for your unique situation. When you contact your Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, they will help to ease your burden of managing your claim and expedite your claims process.
Determining Truck Accident Liability
Like most motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents are typically preventable. A preventable truck accident is one which occurs because the driver failed to take the precautions to prevent it. There are several potential parties that are responsible for a truck accident. Some of those include:
- Trucking Company
If the truck driver is not an independent contractor, they are likely working for a trucking company at the time of the accident. If the cargo load was not properly secured or there was a brake failure, the truck accident would be the trucking company’s fault.
- The Truck Driver
The truck driver is the most expected liability holder for a truck accident. Truck drivers have specific rules and regulations surrounding the amount of hours a truck driver is allowed to drive, as well as other stipulations. Additionally, if they were distracted while driving or acting negligently, they are liable for the accident.
- Government Entities
If the road was in a dangerous or unsafe condition, the local government entity that oversees the road will be responsible for the accident. Trucks are large vehicles that require their drivers to pay special attention to the road. If a road is dangerous, it may put the truck driver and others in harm’s way.
What Happens if My Case Requires A Court Hearing?
While your lawyer may try everything possible to get an out-of-court settlement for you, sometimes trucking companies refuse to offer fair compensation to crash victims.
If that happens in your case, you need a lawyer with litigation experience who can help you file a lawsuit to recover the money you need. At The Joel Bieber Firm, our truck accident lawyers will prepare your case in the event that your case does require a court hearing. We understand the complex nature of truck accidents, and we work hard to ensure you are set up for success in your truck accident claim.
What Information Will Your Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyer Need from You?
Once you contact our truck accident lawyers, we will need you to provide us with as much information about the truck accident and your resulting injuries as possible. We will discuss the answers to the following questions to determine the best legal course of action:
- How did the accident happen?
- Who was involved?
- Were there any witnesses?
- Where did it happen?
- Who did you speak with at the scene of the incident?
- What was said during the conversation?
- What additional information can you provide?
If you have an Exchange of Information Form, an Incident Report, a Police Accident Report, or any other documents relating to the incident, we need to have copies. Similarly, we ask that you provide us with any photographs that you may have, including photographs of your truck, the accident scene, and photographs of your injuries, such as cuts, bruises, and scars. Finally, we need information regarding the type of injuries that you sustained, where you got treatment, any information related to any lost wages, and information as to how the incident has impacted you physically and emotionally. We will use all of the information that we collect to inform how to proceed with your truck accident claim. No detail is too small, and we encourage you to work with our truck accident lawyers to best inform our decisions for your truck accident claim.
How Often Will I Need to Speak to My Truck Accident Lawyer?
You should always feel free to contact your truck accident lawyers with any questions you have about your case. It is important that you keep the Firm up to date with your contact information so that your lawyer can get in touch with you regarding case developments. In addition to your truck accident lawyer, you will also have a paralegal working on your case. Your paralegal will be working to collect all of your treatment information. You should keep your paralegal updated on where you are seeking medical care and if you are referred to any new providers. Once you are released from treatment, your lawyer will keep informed on negotiations with the insurance company and will provide you with guidance about your case’s value. If your case is one that goes to litigation, your lawyer will guide you through the litigation process.
You should have open communication with your truck accident lawyer. We will be there for you to answer any questions that you may have, and update you on the progress of your truck accident claim.
Contact Our Legal Team Today. We Are Here To Help.
At The Joel Bieber Firm, our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers are proud to be able to help truck accident victims. We take the responsibility to be a counselor to you and advise you through your truck accident claim. Contact an experienced truck lawyer at The Joel Bieber Firm today for your free initial consultation. We will fight for you.