West Virginia 18-Wheeler Accidents Attorney


Every year, 18-wheelers drive hundreds of millions of miles and are involved in thousands of crashes and fatalities. Drivers of 18-wheelers commonly get into accidents for a number of reasons, including:

  • Driver inattention
  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe mechanical condition
  • Brake failure
  • Tire failure, bald, exploding, shredding tires
  • Driver fatigue – results from driving more than the allowed hours
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Improperly loaded and unsecured cargo
  • Failure to obey the rules of the road
  • Texting, cellphone use
  • Speeding
  • Other reasons

If you were lucky enough to survive an accident with an 18-wheeler that was caused by the truck driver’s negligence, truck failure or other truck cause, you may seek compensation for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one lost their life in an 18-wheeler accident, certain survivors (such as the spouse, dependent children, parents and others) may seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Tiano O’Dell represents 18-wheeler accident victims. A complimentary consultation is available to discuss your particular case.

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2009, the following statistics emerged:

  • 10,973,214 large trucks registered
  • 288,000,000 miles driven
  • 53,000 vehicles involved in large truck crashes
  • 74,000 persons injured (all nonfatally injured persons in injury and fatal crashes)
  • 51,000 injury crashes

According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2010:

  • 3,261 large truck fatal crashes
  • 3,484 large trucks in fatal crashes
  • 3,675 people killed in large truck fatal crashes

There are many causes of 18-wheeler accidents. A fully loaded 18-wheeler may weigh 70,000 – 80,000 lbs. When a loaded truck goes into a sudden skid, the trailer and the cab swing out at an angle, potentially causing numerous other accidents and pileups. It is important to obtain a legal consultation in order to better understand your options and the compensation that may be available to you.

Complimentary Case Review with West Virginia Attorney for 18-Wheeler Accidents; No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

Tiano O’Dell has been helping 18-wheeler and other motor vehicle accident victims for more than twenty years. Representing clients in Charleston and throughout the state of West Virginia, Tiano O’Dell has been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as West Virginia Super Lawyers for their superior client service and professionalism. There are no upfront legal fees and no fees at all unless we win your case for you. A personal, complimentary consultation is available at no charge to discuss your case. This will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and to review your potential options. To schedule your free case review, contact Tiano O’Dell at 304-720-6700.

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