Coal Truck Accident Attorneys in West Virginia
With the number of coal mines in West Virginia, it is not surprising that a substantial number of coal truck accidents occur every year. These accidents occur at the sites and on the road. Hardworking people are injured regularly because of the negligence of another party, leaving them with injuries that will affect their lives for years. When a person is injured by a coal or logging truck, it is important for them to protect their future from uncertainty.
If you or a loved one suffered injury in a coal truck accident in West Virginia, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, those responsible for your injuries and their insurers will use every trick in the book to avoid having to pay damages, and you need experienced attorneys by your side who understand coal mines, coal trucks, and trucking laws, and who are willing to fight hard to protect your legal rights and interests.
The seasoned attorneys at Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C. have over four decades of experience standing up for individuals who have suffered personal injuries in West Virginia. We were born and raised here in the Mountain State, and we have an in-depth understanding of the coal industry, the power this industry has here, and how to go up against them in a legal claim and recover maximum compensation for our clients. We are not intimidated by their vast resources, and we fight hard to hold them fully accountable when their negligence has caused harm to others.
Common Causes of West Virginia Coal Truck Accidents
On the road, coal truck accidents occur for the many of the same reasons as other types of truck accidents. These may include:
- Overloaded/Overweight Coal Trucks: In many cases, coal trucks are loaded down with too much weight to safely transport their goods from one place to another. This is done in order to save money by bringing more in each load, but it puts everyone on the road at greater risk of injury.
- Improperly Loaded Coal Trucks: In a rush to get the trucks loaded and off to their destination, some trucks are unevenly or otherwise improperly loaded. This can cause them to rollover or tip to their side when the truck encounters high winds, slippery roads, or other adverse conditions.
- Driver Negligence: A large number of coal truck accidents happen because of various types of driver negligence. This may include speeding and other forms of aggressive/reckless driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and chemical impairment. Drivers sometimes feel pressure from their employer to move faster in order to meet unrealistic deadlines and deliver their loads on time.
- Inadequate Maintenance: Coal trucks that make regular runs typically log thousands of miles bringing supplies to and from West Virginia mines every month. With so much wear and tear, it is critical that the truck be properly maintained. In many cases, however, there is subtle pressure to keep the trucks out there on the road, which can cause those who are responsible for maintenance to cut corners.
- Product Defects: Some coal truck accidents are caused by a faulty or defective truck part or system which causes a breakdown in the wrong place and at the wrong time.
Coal truck accident cases can be very complicated and challenging to pursue. There are several laws and regulations that govern the industry, and there are a number of parties that could share responsibility for the accident. Some of the parties that could be held liable for a call truck accident include:
- The driver of the coal truck
- The coal truck owner
- The coal company
- The trucking company
- The party in charge of maintaining the truck
- The party in charge of maintaining the roadways
- The manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of a faulty truck or truck part
A thorough investigation will be necessary to uncover all of the critical facts and pieces of evidence in the case and explore every potential legal avenue toward recovering full and fair compensation.
West Virginia Logging Truck Accident Attorneys
At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., we understand the logging industry, and we understand truck drivers and other workers involved in cutting timber. We also understand that the West Virginia timber industry is vital to our economy and as it grows so do the number of trucks on our roads.
If you have suffered a serious injury due to a lumber truck accident, then you want an experienced West Virginia logging truck accident attorney who understands your need to provide support for your family representing your legal interests. You want a lawyer who not only understands you and your situation, but also understands the law and your rights. You want a lawyer with a successful track record in court, and an attorney who has successfully negotiated numerous favorable settlements.
We are committed to helping you maximize the amount of compensation you collect. As mentioned previously, we are West Virginians through and through, and we have been helping families like yours for over 40 years. We have logging truck accident trial experience. We have a stellar reputation and a strong track record of successfully bringing truck accident claims on behalf of people seriously injured by lumber trucks. If you have been seriously injured due to a logging truck accident, you need to contact our experienced West Virginia logging truck accident attorneys today.
Damages Recoverable in West Virginia Logging and Coal Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can often result in permanent and life altering injuries as well as fatalities, and those who are affected may be entitled to significant compensation. Damages for trucking accidents may include compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Property Damage
- Psychological Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Permanent Injury
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Comfort, Care, Guidance, And Support
- Funeral and Burial Costs
In more limited cases in which the actions of the party (or parties) responsible for the injury were willful, malicious, or grossly negligent, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer(s) and help deter them (and others) from committing similarly egregious acts in the future.
It is important to note that West Virginia has a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, and if you fail to file within the designated time frame, your case will most likely be dismissed by the court. This may seem like plenty of time, but it can go by fast if you continually put off taking action. The best thing to do is to get an experienced attorney involved as soon as possible so they can go to work immediately and develop the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Contact Our Firm for a Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Matter
Contact our West Virginia trucking accident injury lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation and put our 40 years of experience and track record of success in your corner. We understand the issues you face and are ready to fight for your future.
We work on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid unless you do.