Virginia construction vehicle accident attorneys
Construction sites require massive trucks that carry out many specialized tasks, including hauling, dumping, digging, and mixing cement. These unwieldy vehicles must be handled with extreme care to prevent serious accidents.
Whether these vehicles are in a construction zone or traveling along the highways, they must be used with special precautions to prevent pedestrians and people in other vehicles from being harmed.
Large trucks were involved in 4,889 fatal accidents and more than 107,000 injury crashes in a recent year in the United States, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, . Despite these tragic numbers, many construction firm companies fail to take the necessary measures to make sure their trucks and drivers are safe.
If you were harmed in a crash involving a construction vehicle, contact the truck accident lawyers at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys right away. We’ll investigate the accident and file claims against anyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries. Call us at (804) 413-6777 to schedule your FREE consultation today.
Construction vehicles are bulky and difficult to maneuver under the best circumstances. Even at slow speeds, stopping or changing directions requires skill and training. But construction companies may try to save money by hiring unqualified drivers or failing to check their references and DMV records. This can have disastrous consequences for those of us who share the road with these dangerous vehicles.
After hiring new drivers, it’s essential for companies to give them the right training to operate various types of construction vehicles. Managers should also monitor drivers to make sure they’re following safe practices and that they’re alert and sober when they show up for work.
Work zones require construction vehicles to come into close contact with drivers. They must be well-designed, efficiently managed, and properly marked to prevent accidents. It’s also important to provide inspections and proper maintenance to keep all construction vehicles in safe working condition.
Types of negligence that lead to construction vehicle crashes include:
- Failure to adequately train drivers
- Negligent hiring
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Failure to maintain safety perimeter in construction zones
- Improper lookout in construction zones
- Exceeding vehicle weight limits
- Defective safety equipment
- Equipment failure
- Pressing the wrong switch or panel
- Careless backing
- Improper loading
- Unsafe maneuvers
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Drowsy driving
Each type of construction vehicle requires special expertise to operate. Any of the following machines may cause severe injuries when they are used incorrectly:
- Road graders
- Truck cranes
- Dump trucks
- Road rollers
- Asphalt milling machines
- Cement mixing trucks
- Crawler excavators or diggers
If you’ve been harmed in crash involving a construction vehicle, the construction firm’s insurance company may try everything they can to prevent you from getting fair compensation. The insurance agent will probably make a lowball offer, and he might even try to trick you into saying something that could hurt your claim.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we know how to negotiate with insurance companies. In fact, our partner John Singleton worked for a large insurance company defense law firm, while Ken Gibson handled highly complex cases for the federal and state government as a trial lawyer.
Our team will file a claim that covers your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. If the other side isn’t willing to make a reasonable offer, we’re always prepared to take them to court.
The high-priced attorneys that construction firms hire to shield them from liability may think they can get away with offering you minimal compensation. At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we will work wisely to get you the full compensation you deserve – using our experience and knowledge of how insurance companies work.
Our investigators will use police reports, medical records, internal company documents, and witness interviews to find out whose negligence caused your accident. We may also use expert testimony and accident scene reenactments to strengthen your case.
Construction company owners, careless drivers, and anyone else whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries may be held liable for the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Reduced earning potential
- In-home nursing care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Reduced quality of life
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we’re on a mission to help our friends and neighbors in Virginia. If you were harmed by somebody else’s careless actions, you shouldn’t have to pay.
Call (804) 413-6777 to find out all your options and to see how we can help you. And remember: with our no-fee guarantee, we don't get paid until you do.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.