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Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer


A shot from the side rear of a semi-truck on a freeway shows the underside of the truck body. A Virginia truck accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for injuries after a collision.

Experienced Virginia Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers

When selecting the right law firm, it helps to begin with their experience. In order to get the best outcome for your case, you will want to hire a truck accident law firm that can show you a proven track record for winning cases similar to yours.

18-wheeler accidents fall under the category of personal injury law, though not all personal injury lawyers have experience handling these types of claims.

At The Smith Law Center, our knowledge in this area is extensive. Not only do we have a successful track record in truck accident verdicts and settlements, but our skill set also extends to include crashes involving any large vehicle or catastrophic injury, including the loss of a loved one.

We represent families who have been injured by buses, garbage trucks, cement trucks, RVs, tanker trucks and utility vehicles. We also offer services to those outside of Virginia and across the U.S. Simply contact us to learn about how we can help you and your family receive the recovery you deserve.

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Notable Truck Accident Settlements

Jury Awards Verdict of $10,220,668 to Woman With Closed Head Injury Against Trucking Company
Awarded: $10,220,667.98
NORFOLK, Virginia – A jury awards a record verdict against Werner Transportation for the victim’s mild traumatic brain injury from a crash. Believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in Norfolk, Virginia history.

Verdict Upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court for Teacher’s Injuries in 18-Wheeler Wreck
Awarded: $5,200,000.00
RICHMOND, Virginia – The Virginia Supreme Court upheld a $5.2 million verdict in favor of a special-education teacher who suffered serious injuries in a six vehicle wreck with a tractor-trailer leaking diesel fuel on Interstate 95.

Settlement for Cyclist With Mild Head Injury Struck by Passing Truck’s Side Mirror
Awarded: $2,400,000.00
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – A Virginia Beach chiropractor struck on the head by the side mirror of a passing truck as he rode a bicycle has received $2.4 million in a settlement with the driver of the truck and his employer.

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What to Do After a Truck Accident

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Due to their size and weight, trucking accidents often inflict serious injuries. Whether you believe you were hurt or not, it is critical that you receive medical attention right away.

For example, certain brain injuries can only be diagnosed by a trained medical professional and can have damaging long-term effects, especially when they go undetected.

After seeking initial medical treatment, you should contact a Virginia truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. This is the best way to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive maximum compensation for your losses.

Semi-truck accident lawyers are personal injury attorneys who focus on this particular area of law. As such, they know the right questions to ask for determining who is at fault, the intricate laws surrounding truck accident liability, and how to fight insurance companies who will try to lowball their clients.

Whatever the details of your situation, it is in your best interest to hire a Virginia truck accident attorney at your earliest convenience.

Contact the Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers at The Smith Law Center

Speaking to a truck accident attorney will help give you the perspective you are searching for after the trauma of an accident. In fact, many are unaware of the compensation they are entitled to until they speak with us. We are glad to explain your rights and options for making a strong recovery.

The Virginia truck accident lawyers at The Smith Law Center have been helping families receive the healing they deserve after suffering life-changing collisions since 1949. Our team has over 300 years of combined experience securing justice on behalf of injured Americans across the nation. We can help you, too.

Your consultation is free, private and without obligation to hire us. To learn how you or a loved one might be compensated for your injuries following a truck accident, please contact us at (757) 244-7000.

“Mr. Smith was clever, extremely professional, comforting, and always kept us informed during the process. It was apparent to me that he cared about the outcome almost as much as I did. His style of representation was impeccable, classy, and he cleverly executed every facet of the case.”
– Joe, former client

Truck Accident FAQs

What causes truck accidents?

In short, driver error on the trucker’s part causes an overwhelming number of truck accidents. This means their lack of performance, inattention, or poor judgment is a contributing factor in the reason for the crash.

A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that over half of all truck crashes could be traced back to one of these four reasons:

  • Non-Performance: Driver fatigue, driving while under the influence, or in other cases, suffering a heart attack or seizure while driving
  • Recognition: Inattention due to any kind of distraction, whether inside or outside the vehicle
  • Decision: Speeding, following too closely, or poor judgment of surroundings
  • Performance: Losing control of the vehicle, freezing, panicking, or overcorrecting

It also gave the top associated factors, among them:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic, such as due to congestion or an existing crash
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions

Whether a trucking company failed to properly train its driver or a mechanical failure triggered the crash, many truck accidents can be traced back to negligence. When they are, a Virginia truck accident lawyer will ensure you receive the highest amount possible for your injuries.

Who can be sued in a trucking accident lawsuit?

A row of parked 18-wheeler trucks is shown from the front side view. Multiple parties can be named in a truck accident lawsuit, including trucking companies.

Determining liability after a truck accident isn’t often a straightforward process. There are usually multiple defendants, insurance companies, and highway safety agencies to deal with.

Liable parties might include the:

  • Driver
  • Trucking company
  • Cargo company
  • Truck manufacturer of a defective part
  • Maintenance company

Because multiple parties are involved, truck accident investigations are often much more extensive than those for non-commercial vehicles. However, your lawyer will know just how to approach this.

A Virginia truck accident lawyer will assign expert investigators to your case in order to determine all potential defendants in a truck accident lawsuit.

What are the damages in a truck accident lawsuit?

The losses incurred by a large truck accident can be devastating. For victims, the immediate concern is almost always medical bills, if it isn’t also enduring the wrongful death of a loved one. Doctor visits, medication, operations, and even ambulance rides add up quickly and exacerbate a difficult situation by adding mental and emotional stress on injured people.

As soon as you seek medical treatment, you should speak to a Virginia truck accident lawyer to see what damages you may qualify for after a truck accident. Compensation from a truck accident lawsuit can help cover the costs of:

  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • All related medical costs, including hospital stays, medication, and surgeries
  • Adaptive medical equipment
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Counseling services
  • Loss of a loved one

The truck accident lawyers at The Smith Law Center will seek the maximum amount of compensation for all that you’ve suffered. This can alleviate present and future expenses, and our attorneys fight for the projected lifetime costs of recovering from your losses.

When should I speak with an 18-wheeler accident lawyer?

It is highly recommended that you contact a Virginia truck accident lawyer as soon as possible following a truck accident. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the more easily you will be able to preserve key pieces of evidence and receive help for the anticipated financial burden you face.

You should also keep in mind that the window of time for filing a lawsuit is two years from the date of the collision. Time is limited, so don’t wait to file.

What injuries can you sue for after a trucking accident?

A gray haired man receives help from a doctor moving from his hospital bed. Compensation from a truck accident settlement can cover the cost of medical care.

Our Virginia truck accident lawyers have represented victims of truck accidents who have sustained a wide range of injuries, including:

Occupants of passenger vehicles are the most vulnerable to severe injury in a truck accident.

Truck accidents are a significant source of brain and spinal cord injuries since these huge vehicles weighing up to 80,000 lbs nearly always overpower the smaller cars, SUVs, and motorcycles on the road in any collision.

The complexity and severity of such injuries merit the attention of skilled attorneys with a high degree of knowledge regarding medicine, truck and highway safety regulations, insurance issues, and the physics of road collisions. The Smith Law Center is one of the most respected law firms in the nation when it comes to brain and spinal cord injuries resulting from trailer-truck accidents.

Get a Free Consultation After a Truck Accident

At The Smith Law Center, families who have been impacted by a large truck or other commercial vehicle accident receive the knowledgeable, experienced legal representation necessary to obtain a fair outcome.

Schedule a free consultation by contacting us here or calling (757) 244-7000.

Don’t wait; learn how we can help you make a positive choice for yourself and your loved ones today.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Award to School Librarian for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Auto Wreck

Awarded: $4,750,000.00

Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia – Company pays $4,750,000.00 to school librarian for mild traumatic brain injury in auto wreck.

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Award to School Librarian for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Auto Wreck

Awarded: $4,750,000.00

Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia – Company pays $4,750,000.00 to school librarian for mild traumatic brain injury in auto wreck.

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If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

Mold in Military Housing

Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

You may receive financial compensation for:

Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

  • Allergies,
  • An underlying lung disease,
  • Immune suppression,
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
  • Asthma, or
  • Another chronic respiratory disease.

Common Types of Military Housing Mold

When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

  • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
  • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
  • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

Other Hazards in Military Housing

Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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