Charleston, 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
- 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, PLLC represents 18-wheeler accident victims in Charleston and throughout West Virginia. A complimentary consultation is available to discuss your particular case.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2017, the following statistics emerged:
- 13,212,447 large trucks and buses registered
- 3,212,347 miles traveled by all motor vehicles
- 4,889 large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes
- 5,005 total fatalities in large truck and bus 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.
Review Your Case with a West Virginia Accident Attorney
Tiano O’Dell, PLLC has been helping victims of truck accidents in West Virginia for more than twenty years. Representing clients in Charleston and throughout the state of West Virginia, Tiano O’Dell, PLLC 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 our office at (304) 720-6700.