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Morgantown Truck Accidents

Accidents involving commercial motor vehicles can be devastating. Because of their sheer size and weight, truck crashes often involve catastrophic and permanently disabling injury. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm in a truck accident, you may be wondering who is responsible for your medical bills and lost wages. The West Virginia civil court system provides an important avenue of recourse for those involved in truck accidents, but navigating this system requires the assistance of an experienced attorney. The attorneys at the Manchin Law Group, PLLC have been helping victims of truck accidents gain full compensation for their injuries for 37 years.

How Truck Accidents are Different

Accidents involving commercial motor vehicles have unique considerations. Most drivers with a commercial motor vehicle license, particularly with regard to interstate trucking, must follow strict guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission (FMCSA). The FMCSA sets, among other things, rules regarding breaks, how many hours a trucker can drive each day, routine maintenance, and more. If an operator of a commercial motor vehicle (or their employer) breaks any of these rules, the company may be guilty of negligence. Successfully proving negligence requires knowledge of FMCSA regulations and the ability to negotiate with large insurers.

When we represent truck accident victims, we conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident, including:

  • Whether the trucker’s log books were up-to-date.
  • If the operator broke any rules like failing to take a break.
  • If the operator was driving under the influence of any drug.
  • If the trucking company kept up with routine truck maintenance.
  • If the loading company distributed the truck’s cargo weight evenly.

This is only a sampling of reasons why a truck driver or their employer may be guilty of negligence. Our attorneys investigate every possible scenario to hold the liable parties responsible.

Damages Available in Truck Accidents

Victims of truck accidents may miss long periods of work and incur significant expenses from medical care. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against a trucking company, manufacturer, or driver may result in the reimbursement for several types of damages:

  • Economic damages. These compensate for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost of ongoing therapy or rehabilitation. In the event of disabling or catastrophic injury, economic damages also cover any loss in earning capacity or future income.
  • General damages. These address the immaterial losses associated with your accident. Examples include pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life quality. In the event of wrongful death, they may also include loss of partnership or consortium.
  • Punitive damages. In rare cases, such as those involving gross negligence, we can pursue punitive damages against the liable party, which punish them for wrongdoing.

Your Next Steps

The effects of a trucking accident can last a lifetime, and you shouldn’t have to pay the price for another party’s negligence. The attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC are committed to helping victims of trucking accidents gain full compensation for their injuries and suffering. If you believe you suffered harm as the result of someone else’s legal fault, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.