MANASSAS TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS
if you or any member of your family have been hurt in a Manassas truck accident, then Blaszkow Legal is here to help you. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to getting you the justice that you deserve after an 18-wheeler accident. Our job is to investigate these claims, and to build your case to get you the compensation for your injuries and your damages.
Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and investigators have made their careers in fighting for the rights of injured people. Since 1981, Attorney Joe Blaszkow has been fighting for injured Virginians. You have enough to handle after a serious truck crash - let us handle the billing phone calls, the insurance companies, and fighting to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Speak to an experienced Manassas truck accident lawyer today. Call us for a free consultation, and get Justice with Joe!
Investigating Truck Accidents
Semi truck accidents can be extremely complicated to investigate, because so many people are involved in the operation of a truck, and the moving of freight around the country. Most people see a big rig, and think only of the driver. But it goes far beyond that: trucking companies, dispatching outfits, inspectors, maintainers, freight brokers, and more!
In investigating the accident itself, it is important that we develop the facts of exactly what happened. Camera footage is one of the most important pieces of evidence that we can locate. However, camera footage does not stay around forever! By their very nature, digital cameras have limited storage, and are designed to overwrite themselves if the footage is not retrieved/preserved. For example, if the accident happened in front of a gas station, that footage may only last for a matter of days, or weeks. High-end systems will keep the footage for 30 days.
Just like camera footage, a person's memory can also fade over time. After all, do you remember what you were doing two years ago today, at 3:15 p.m.? Of course not. It is important for you to speak to an experienced Manassas truck accident lawyer right away, so we can begin investigating immediately. The sooner we speak to witnesses, the sooner we can preserve their recollection, through interviews, and if necessary, through recorded statements and affidavits.
Investigating a truck accident immediately is vital, because Virginia is a state that practices contributory negligence. This age-old legal doctrine means that if the at-fault insurance companies can make the argument that you were even 1% responsible for the accident, then you cannot recover.
Your Claim for Compensation After a Manassas Truck Accident
Our job is to pursue the maximum compensation that you are eligible for. We are responsible for holding the negligent parties accountable. One part of our representation is to explore your damages, and to see how the accident has impacted you.
There are many elements that go into your claim for compensation. These include:
The costs of medical treatment, such as ambulance transport emergency room evaluations, ER doctors, prescription costs, radiology exams, physical therapy, Rehabilitation and surgery
Future lost wages
Loss of earning capacity
Pain and suffering
The Manassas Truck Accident Claims Process
Filing a claim, and pursuing that claim, can be very complicated, and the insurance companies do this on purpose. You have to remember that insurance adjusters and defense lawyers work for their stockholders, not for you. Their job is to give you as little money as possible. It is our job however, to get you the maximum compensation that we can.
The claims process involves numerous parts, depending on the positions taken by each side:
Providing notice to at fault carriers
Liaising with insurance companies
Investigating an accident and all of the negligent parties, to determine fault and liability
Documenting and exploring damages
Preparing a settlement demand package
Informing you about the claims process, and where things stand right now
Initiating litigation, if the insurance company does not offer the damages that you deserve
Who is Liable in a Virginia Truck Accident?
After a big rig accident in Virginia, we have to determine how the accident happened, and also who is liable for the collision. Our Manassas truck accident attorneys are experienced in doing just that, and to holding all of those people responsible, if their negligence caused your injuries.
Responsibility for the accident can rest with any number of parties, not just the truck driver. Those who may be liable, even partly, include:
The truck driver. Truck drivers have to drive their vehicles with due regard for the safety of other motorists, and that means safely. Speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving are just some ways that drunk drivers can be negligent in operating their vehicles.
The trucking company. Trucking companies can be liable under two separate theories. If the truck driver himself was negligent, then the trucking company can be responsible through a legal premise known as vicarious liability. That means that the employer is responsible for the actions of its employees. However, the trucking company may also be independently liable, if they where responsible for other acts of negligence that caused or lead to the collision. If, for example, they failed to train a truck driver, or put someone on the road without a commercial vehicles driver's license! These may be independent acts of negligence which can further cause them to be held liable.
People who loaded the freight. Some accidents are due to loads of freight which shift in transit, which can cause trucks to roll over, or otherwise become unwieldy.
The shipper of the freight. Large freight companies and dispatching services may attempt to impose unrealistic schedules, and may be partly responsible for collisions.
Statutes of Limitations in Virginia Truck Accidents
You should always speak to an experienced Manassas truck accident lawyer right away, because there are many statutes of limitations that need to be considered.
Truck accidents are considered personal injury cases in Virginia, and thus have a 2-year statute of limitations. That means any underlying lawsuit has to be filed within 2 years from the date of the collision. However, if the collision resulted in a wrongful death, then that two-year timeline does not start until the date of death.
But what if the truck or truck driver was operating on behalf of the government? In that is the case, then there are other notice deadlines that have to be met, depending on whether the government relationship is local, state, or federal. You always need to contact an attorney immediately after an accident!
Speak to an Experienced Manassas Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Attorney Joe Blaszkow and his team have worked some very serious truck accidents throughout Virginia, from modest accidents to those which have caused serious/catastrophic injuries, and even death. If you or a loved one have been hurt in one of these horrific accidents, then do not wait to speak to an attorney! Call today, and get a dedicated team fighting for you, to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Call Blaszkow Legal today for a free consultation! We work on a contingency fee basis, that means we don't get paid unless you collect money. There is no risk to talk to a lawyer. After all, the other side already has - call 703-879-5910!
Get Justice with Joe!
Attorney Joe Blaszkow is ready, willing, and able to fight for you. He has pioneered the "Blaszkow Legal Method" - the way of handling cases that the insurance companies don't like. Cases are prepared for trial from the moment someone becomes a client, because he is not afraid of Court. Many lawyers won't litigate - but we will.
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