Charleston, West Virginia Tractor-Trailer Accidents Attorney
Tractor-trailer accidents can be devastating, resulting in severe injury or death. When a car gets into an accident with a tractor-trailer, the tractor-trailer will likely decimate the automobile, simply because the tractor-trailer weighs so much more. A tractor-trailer, big rig, 18 wheeler, or other large truck can weigh up to 80,000 lb. fully loaded, while a typical automobile may weigh approximately 3,000 pounds.
If you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, it is advisable to consult with an experienced, reputable and successful West Virginia personal injury attorney. The law firm of Tiano O’Dell, PLLC has been representing victims of tractor-trailer accidents for more than two decades in Charleston and throughout the state. A complimentary consultation is available to discuss the specific details of your case.
Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
A tractor-trailer is a large truck that contains both a tractor and a trailer. The tractor, or cab, is the engine that hauls the long trailer. The tractor-trailer combo hauls all kinds of cargo, heavy equipment and supplies throughout the various states and across the country. If a tractor-trailer is improperly maintained, the tires blow or shred, the brakes fail, or if any one of a number of mishaps occurs, the results can be deadly for drivers near or behind the truck. Accidents commonly are caused by:
- Driver fatigue – many drivers drive more than the allowed hours to make deadlines and fall asleep at the wheel
- Driver distraction – drivers may easily get distracted by talking on cellphones, texting, eating or drinking
- Equipment failure – brake and tire failure is most common
- Weather conditions – bad weather conditions cause many accidents
- Improperly loaded, shifting cargo – cargo that shifts around in the truck can cause rolls, flips, jackknifes
Consult a West Virginia Tractor-Trailer Attorney
It is essential to preserve your rights if you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC is a West Virginia personal injury law firm that aggressively represents the rights injured victims in Charleston and throughout the rest of the state. If you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, compensation may be available in the form of medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. Firm founders William Tiano and Tony O’Dell were named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the highly esteemed American Trial Lawyer’s Association, in addition to West Virginia Super Lawyers. They have successfully represented thousands of claims over the past twenty years. There are no legal fees unless your case is settled or won in court. To schedule a free, confidential case review, contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.