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Berkeley County Attorneys Represent Plaintiffs in Truck Accident Cases

Martinsburg lawyers assist injured victims throughout the Eastern Panhandle

Large trucks create a tremendous impact when they collide with smaller vehicles. In addition to the increased likelihood that trucking accident victims will suffer severe injuries, they may face a more difficult legal landscape, as various parties beside the driver might have contributed to the crash. Located in Martinsburg, the Ferretti Law Office PLLC provides strong legal representation to people hurt in truck accidents. During insurance negotiations, settlement discussions and trials, we pinpoint the key evidence and work to maximize compensation for our clients.

West Virginia firm seeks justice from negligent commercial vehicle operators

Though a truck accident can happen anywhere, the section of Interstate 81 that runs through the Eastern Panhandle is particularly dangerous. Our attorneys are familiar not only with the law that covers West Virginia personal injury and wrongful death claims, but also with common factors that contribute to truck accidents, including:

  • Fatigue — Driving a big-rig requires concentration and long hours. Regulations exist to help prevent the effects of fatigue, but sometimes the pressure to complete a job leads to violations. We examine the facts to find out if a driver was too tired to operate the vehicle safely.
  • Distracted driving — A quick text message or some other distraction might trigger a moment of inattention that leads to a serous collision.
  • Impairment — Due to their size and weight, large commercial vehicles are more difficult to maneuver than passenger cars and trucks. For this reason, commercial drivers have a much lower legal intoxication limit than most other motorists.
  • Poor maintenance — Failure to adhere to safety standards and perform necessary maintenance puts everyone on the road at risk. Relying on experts when necessary, our firm reviews relevant records and other evidence to determine whether poor maintenance contributed to the crash.
  • Speeding and other violations — Cutting corners isn’t trivial when you’re talking about vehicles weighing several tons. When speeding, excess freight, an improperly trained driver or some other broken rule contributes to a collision, we press for full compensation from the individuals and businesses at fault.

In a free initial consultation, our experienced lawyers will explain your legal options and evaluate the likelihood of a favorable verdict or settlement.

Thorough lawyers advise on jackknifes, underrides and other accidents

In addition to the types of accidents that are common to all motor vehicles, such as T-Bones, rear-end collisions and rollovers, large trucks also create a danger of other types of collisions. The space between a tractor-trailer and the ground could be high enough for a car to get wedged underneath it. Devices exist to prevent these “underrides,” but some commercial vehicle owners don’t take this precaution. Jackknifes are also common types of truck accidents where the trailer swings around to make contact with other vehicles or the truck’s own cab after a sudden stop. In cases where a question exists about the accident, we can work to reconstruct the scene so fault can be determined.

Knowledgeable attorneys outline what to do if you’re involved in a truck crash

While most car drivers own their vehicles, many truck drivers do not own theirs: they are owned by large trucking companies, and that means determining liability in a trucking accident is often more complex than doing so in a car accident. After ensuring that there is no urgent medical danger after a collision with one of these vehicles, it could be very helpful to gather relevant information regarding the situation. You can get started by taking photographs, exchanging information with the other driver and identifying potential witnesses. There’s no reason to be intimidated or argumentative. We’ll take the information you collect and use it to construct your legal argument.

Experienced advocates press to recover full payment for collision injuries

Insurance companies, fleet owners and businesses that hire trucks often try to take advantage of their power to defeat worthy accident claims. We’ve had success challenging tough opponents and won’t let you be coerced into a weak settlement. Our accomplished lawyers know the value associated with various types of injuries, such as broken bones, brain damage, spinal trauma and other conditions. Using this knowledge, we make every legal effort to recover reimbursement for damages such as medical treatment costs, ongoing care expenses, lost wages and vehicle repair bills.

Contact an accomplished Martinsburg truck accident lawyer for a free consultation

Ferretti Law Office PLLC advises West Virginians who have been hurt in accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles. Serving clients in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, we offer a free consultation to collision victims. For an appointment, please call 304-596-8854 or contact us online. Our office is in Martinsburg.

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