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Richmond-Petersburg, VA Truck Accident Lawyer

Commercial truck accidents are a safety and legal issue for residents and visitors of Richmond and Petersburg

Truckers are a growing motorist group using Virginia’s highways, and commercial trucking accidents occur regularly in the Richmond - Petersburg region. When a truck crash happens, serious injuries and fatalities are a common result.

Common causes of commercial truck accidents in Richmond and Petersburg

According to IIHS, a large percentage of trucking crashes are caused by:

  • Speeding;
  • Tailgating;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Fatigued driving;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Driving while impaired.

These behaviors by either a commercial trucker or a passenger-vehicle driver result in injury and fatality accidents on Virginia's roadways regularly.

How are commercial trucking crashes different than other types of motor-vehicle accidents?

When a crash with a commercial truck ends in property damage, injuries, or even death, the resulting insurance claim is typically more complicated, with more people, companies, insurance adjusters, and government agencies involved. The owner of the truck, the driver, the insurer, and all regulatory and licensing agencies play a part in the personal injury or wrongful death claim that will provide financial compensation for anyone injured or killed due to the negligent actions of a commercial truck driver or company.

Truck accidents usually cause more significant injuries than other types of crashes

Given the difference in size and weight of a commercial truck to a standard passenger vehicle, the damages caused by a crash are magnified. Even a low-speed collision can result in life-changing injuries and can tear families apart when the crash is fatal.

According to NHTSA, 3,802 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2012, and 77,000 involved in injury crashes nationwide.

In an injury truck accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost

The major hospitals in the area include:

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital;

Memorial Regional Medical Center;

St. Francis Medical Center;

Southside Regional Medical Center.

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.

Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.

Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential claim. Accident Data Center can connect you with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide you with information about your rights and options. 

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Truck Accident Reports and News from the Richmond-Petersburg, VA Area