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Commercial truck accidents remain a very serious public safety problem in Virginia. According to a report from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 4,883 large truck accidents in the state in the year 2014. Collectively, these crashes resulted in at least 3,300 injuries, many of which were life-altering. Due to their tremendous size, semi-trucks are inherently dangerous. To protect the health and safety of the public, the big trucking companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that their fleet is always being operated in the safest manner possible. Unfortunately, far too frequently, trucking companies breach this obligation.
Sloppily Loaded and Overloaded Trailers Cause Accidents
A commercial truck’s trailer must be loaded in a very specific way. Adequate attention needs to be given to ensure that the load is properly balanced, and that it is not too heavy for the vehicle. When trucking companies cut corners, either by overloading a trailer or rushing the job and loading it in a dangerous manner, that vehicle becomes unsafe. Trucks with improperly loaded trailers present many different safety problems. Specifically, improperly and overloaded trucks:
- Are more likely to be involved in a rollover crash
- Have trouble making turns
- Have difficulty maintaining lane integrity
- Take far longer to come to a safe stop
Holding a Trucking Company Liable for Its Negligence
If a trucking company puts a vehicle with an improperly loaded trailer on the road, and that truck ends up in an accident, the company must be held legally liable for its misconduct. Under Virginia law, injured truck accident victims have a legal right to hold the at-fault trucking company legally liable for the full value of their losses. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, this could include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Long-term medical care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Severe physical impairment
That being said, improperly loaded trailer personal injury claims are notoriously complex. A comprehensive investigation must be conducted by a legal professional so that evidence can be collected to prove that the trucking company loaded the trailer in an unsafe manner. Often, this requires getting the company to turn over records to the victim.
Contact Our Top-Rated Alexandria Truck Accident Lawyer Today
At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, our Virginia semi-truck accident attorneys have helped many injured victims recover full and fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one was hurt in a crash with an overloaded or improperly loaded truck, please call us today at (703) 370-8088. We represent truck crash victims in Alexandria and throughout the region, including in Arlington and Fairfax.