With the continued increase in the number of semis and other large trucks on the roads in the past decade, there has been an increased need for a reliable semi accident law firm Virginia drivers and passengers and their families can turn to when they have been hurt in an accident.
Accidents Involving Large Trucks
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
- In 2016, there were approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks.
Approximately 3,864 of these were fatal and 104,000 of them resulted in serious but non-fatal
- The majority of large truck accidents in 2016 involved just two vehicles
- Fatal accidents involving large trucks are more common in rural areas and on Interstate highways
- Approximately 61% of all fatal accidents involving large trucks occurred in rural areas; 27%
occured on Interstate highways; and 15% occured on rural Interstate highways (report from
- There was an increase in the number of fatal large truck crashes in the United States from 10.5
deaths per million people in 2010, to 12.0 deaths per million people in 2016
Even though statistics and data can be helpful for defending the rights of large truck accident victims and their families, when you or someone you love become one of these statistics, it usually does not matter how many other people have been affected by a similar tragedy in the past.
One thing that may be a small comfort is knowing that you have a legal team on your side who is fighting for your rights and trying to make your financial future secure. If you or someone you love has been in an accident with a large truck, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a semi accident law firm Virginia accident victims and their families recommend.
Semi Accident Personal Injury Claims
Large truck accidents are often caused, or contributed to, by negligent drivers, crew, shipping companies, truck and trailer owners, and/or other parties involved in the commercial trucking industry.
These entities typically have powerful insurance companies on their side that have vast resources that they use to try to ensure that they can pay out as little as possible to the person their client injured.
Be wary of offers from insurance companies that represent the party or parties that caused your or your loved one’s injuries. While their offers to pay medical and property damage bills may offer an immediate solution to the financial hardships the accident created, there is a good chance that this will not be enough in the long run.
When someone is injured in the United States because of somebody else’s negligence, they typically have the right to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party (or parties) in a civil lawsuit. Some of these claims can be settled before they go to trial whereas others need to be disputed in a trial with a judge or in a trial with a jury and a judge.
The compensation that victims and their families usually seek is to take care of medical and property damage costs, and to ensure that they will not incur financial hardships in the future that are related to the accident. Many people find that it is easiest and most efficient to do this with the help of a personal injury law firm that is experienced in successfully defending the rights of injured people and their families.
For a semi accident law firm Virginia is fortunate to have had in its midst for over 30 years, contact Cohen & Cohen for a free case evaluation, today.