Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer
Many fatalities from Virginia truck accidents are the result of a truck striking a passenger car. Due to the size difference between the vehicles, these crashes are devastating. However, it is even more important to understand what makes these claims unique.
If you lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer crash, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help. Our dedicated truck accident lawyers have experience bringing claims against large companies and know how to navigate the complexities that can make these claims so difficult.
What Makes Fatal Tractor-Trailer Wreck Claims Different From Other Claims?
Fatal truck accidents often result in more complex claims than other fatal wrecks. There are several reasons for this, but many of these differences are due to the fact that most tractor-trailers are used for commercial purposes. This means that claims often must account for complexities in naming the defendant and in dealing with insurance agencies that are not issues in other claims. Because of these differences, it is important to consult an experienced lawyer about fatalities from Virginia truck accidents.
Wrongful death cases in Virginia that involve trucks are different than other wrongful death cases in that they typically involve more than one defendant. That means that not only is a truck driver potentially liable for their mistakes on the road that caused a wreck, but their employer, the trucking company, is also responsible under Virginia law if the truck driver was operating a big rig in the context of their employment.
Working with Insurance Companies
The role of an insurance company changes in a truck accident because the insurers are typically commercial insurers. These commercial insurance companies sell particular commercial trucking insurance tends to be at much higher levels of coverage, typically no less than $1 million per occurrence. If it is a national trucking outfit, such as Ohio, Old Dominion Freight, or Hunt, they will typically have even more in insurance to cover each accident. In fact, if the truck is being operated in interstate commerce, then they are required by federal law to carry at least $750,000 of insurance.
What are the Damage Caps for Virginia Truck Accidents?
There are no legal damage caps in Virginia that pertain to truck accidents and fatalities. However, there are limits to insurance coverage. Hopefully, the trucking company that caused the wreck has enough insurance to cover the whole loss, but sometimes there is not enough insurance, which can limit recovery.
The only other limits that apply in trucking litigation in Virginia are punitive damages, which are capped at $350,000. A well-versed lawyer can further explain the damage caps involved for fatalities in Virginia truck accidents.
An Attorney Is Available to Discuss Fatalities from Virginia Truck Wrecks
Our lawyers are here for families who lost loved ones in tractor-trailer wrecks. With our experience, we know how to navigate all of the nuances that make these claims unique. We can discuss cases stemming from fatalities from Virginia truck accidents and help create a strategy that works for you and can help you get the compensation you need and deserve. To learn more, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today.
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