The Commonwealth of Virginia has a massive number of large commercial trucks moving over its roads, delivering goods to its residents and the surrounding states. Negligent operation of these trucks poses a serious threat to motorists who share the highways. Innocent drivers and their passengers have suffered terrible and tragic injuries and loss of life due to negligent conduct by truck drivers or trucking firms. At Morrison, Ross and Whelan, we provide aggressive representation for injured parties. Since 1987, our firm has fought hard for clients in Fauquier and Prince Williams counties and throughout Virginia against large trucking companies and their insurers. We’ve delivered results, proving time after time we have the knowledge, skill and resources to confront even the most powerful defendants.
Morrison, Ross and Whelan has vast experience filing claims in complex truck accident injury cases, including those involving jackknifes, brake failure, fatigued drivers and rollovers. We are skilled at proving fault in big-rig accidents, with meticulous investigations to determine causation.
Common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
When the truck company disputes the cause of the accident, we demand access to the driving logs of the truck as well as the “black box” information that supports the written log. Many truck drivers falsify their logs and drive for more hours than federal regulations allow. Fatigued drivers are much more likely to cause a dangerous accident, as their response to hazards or changing traffic conditions can be as slow as a driver who is under the influence of alcohol.
If cargo has been loaded incorrectly, the truck can be unstable when turning. Accidents can also occur due to a failure of a critical safety system, including the brakes. The failure to properly maintain a truck can create an extremely dangerous situation for innocent people who happen to be driving in the area.
When a driver’s negligent conduct causes an accident, the trucking company is responsible, under the age-old legal principle respondeat superior. This phrase, which is Latin for “let the master answer,” makes an employer legally responsible for the conduct of its employees while they are on the job.
Other causes of accidents can be attributed to other parties:
However, no matter who the defendant is, there will be a large insurance company with a deep legal department defending the case and trying to limit your recovery as much as possible. That’s why it’s essential you’re represented by a legal team up to the challenge.
Given that commercial truck accident cases are much more complex than auto accident cases, what should you look for in a trucking accident attorney? The short answer is: experience and results. Especially if you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you need a legal team with a proven track record of success against powerful defendants.
Morrison, Ross and Whelan has extensive experience in personal injury law, with nearly 100 years of combined service to the community. We have represented victims of truck accidents and their families facing all types of outcomes, from cases in which the injured victim needs months to recover to wrongful death. Our firm is highly experienced, has exceptional qualifications and has recovered millions in damages from large insurance companies. We are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve, and we have the knowledge, skill and resources to deliver.
Morrison, Ross and Whelan provides highly professional and aggressive representation in truck accident cases. If you have suffered a serious injury anywhere in Virginia, call 540-349-6262 or contact our office online to schedule a consultation. We are located just off 211 and business 29, in the heart of Fauquier County at 31 Garrett Street in Warrenton.