Being involved in a collision with a semi-truck can cause severe and often life-threatening injuries. Quite frankly, you’re lucky to be alive after any type of motor vehicle crash, but truck wrecks are a different breed entirely. That is why our compassionate lawyers want to help you with understanding commercial vehicle accident claims. We strive to hold the negligent party responsible and we want you to be rewarded with as much recourse as possible. Contact The Strong Law Firm to learn more. In the article below, Virginia attorney Michael Strong discusses his experience with commercial vehicle accident claims.
Understanding Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims | How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Occasionally, I receive a call from a client who would like to retain our firm to help them with a commercial trucking crash in Virginia. Those all too often happen a year or two after the crash occurs. In Virginia, the time in which you must file a lawsuit to preserve your claim for a commercial trucking accident is two years. As a result, people often come out of the woodwork and try to get an attorney very late in the game when they know that two-year deadline is approaching. In my estimation, that’s often a very dangerous tactic to wait that long to see an attorney for your commercial trucking accident in Virginia.
Understanding Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims | Collective Evidence
So much about your case depends on a careful evaluation of the scene of the crash and preserving the evidence of what happened and the physical evidence at the crash site immediately after the crash. Oftentimes, tire marks evaporate from weather conditions changing on the road or simply the traffic volume on a highway. There can be devastating consequences to the merits of your case by not retaining an attorney early on. By all means, if you have the ability to do so, retain a lawyer immediately after your Virginia commercial trucking accident case.
Understanding Commercial Vehicle Accident Claims | How Much is My Case Worth?
It’s certainly true in Virginia that, like every other state subject to the Interstate Commerce Commission insurance rules, insurance limits are far higher for commercial trucks than most other vehicles. That does not mean automatically that the value of the case is immediately higher. Instead, we have to look at what the injuries where. Oftentimes, in Virginia commercial truck accident cases, the injuries are far more severe because the truck is so much heavier and has much more force in a collision that can cause injuries far more severe than an ordinary car collision. You have to wait for all of the injuries to be resolved and diagnosed before you can arrive at a fair value for that type of case.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, please call our Vienna truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation.