Roanoke, VA Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer and 18-Wheeler Attorney

Roanoke Truck Accident LawyerEach year, over 100,000 injury crashes involving large trucks are reported, approximately five thousand of which result in fatalities.[1]  Because commercial trucks often weigh several tons, the size of the truck, coupled with the weight of their freight, can cause devastating injuries and even death when a crash occurs.

In addition to weighing twenty to thirty times more than passenger vehicles, semis and trailers are also taller and have enhanced ground clearance compared to passenger vehicles.  As a result, individuals driving in cars and SUVs are over four times more vulnerable to severe injuries or death than truck drivers.

In the Roanoke area, Interstate 81 and 581 are prime thoroughfares for commercial trucks crossing the country.  Thus these highways tragically are not immune from serious truck crashes.  

The Types of Commercial Truck and Vehicle Accidents for Which Representation is Provided

For over three decades, the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt has been successfully representing Virginians involved in commercial truck and other vehicle crashes.  It’s important to understand that large trucking accidents do not exclusively involve 18-wheelers; rather, the types of vehicles can vary extensively and can include:

  • Cargo Trucks
  • Semis
  • Tractor-Trailers
  • Fuel Transport Vehicles
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Mail and Delivery Trucks
  • Moving Vans
  • Buses

We are committed to providing tenacious representation to clients irrespective of the type of vehicle involved in a crash.

Understanding the Differences Between Interstate Semi-Truck and Large Commercial Vehicle Crashes and Car Crashes

Interstate trucking companies and truck drivers must comply with extensive federal trucking regulations that do not apply to non- interstate trucking drivers.  These regulations cover a number of matters, including required rest periods, limitations on the number of hours that can be driven during certain periods, vehicle inspections, and training.  As part of these regulations, interstate truckers must keep detailed electronic logs that document compliance with what are commonly known as “hours of service” rules.

As commercial interstate truck crash lawyers, we understand these critical rules and regulations.  As part of a truck crash investigation, we will carefully determine whether both a truck driver and trucking company have complied with the federal regulations.

In addition to these federal regulations, truck collisions involving commercial trucks require detailed investigations to identify all potentially liable parties.  Typically the trucking company will be liable for an accident caused by the negligence of one of its drivers.  In addition, other third parties may also be liable for a crash, such as the installer or manufacturer of brakes if the brakes were defective or not correctly installed.

Contact Us at Your Earliest Convenience for a Free Consultation to Learn How We Can Help

If you are involved in a crash caused by a commercial truck, it is important to contact our offices as soon as possible.  As an experienced Roanoke commercial truck accident lawyer, attorney Mark Hurt can review your case and discuss with you your legal options for seeking compensation so that you have the information needed to decide how to proceed.

Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

Each year approximately fifty Virginians are killed, and nearly one thousand residents sustain injuries, in collisions involving large trucks.[4]  Among the regularly cited causes of commercial truck accidents are:

  • Driving too fast in bad weather
  • Improper Lane Change
  • Attempts to Avoid Other Vehicles
  • Failure to Yield
  • Hit and Runs
  • Following Too Close
  • Improper Backing
  • Brake Failure
  • Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
  • Drunk Driving or Alcohol Abuse
  • Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Trucks
  • Distracted Driving
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Jackknife Crashes
  • Speeding
  • Truck Maintenance Issues
  • Malfunctioning Truck Lights
  • Illegal Passing
  • Driver Fatigue

In many instances, a single truck accident may have multiple contributing factors and responsible parties.  As such, it is important to work with a skilled attorney who is knowledgeable about commercial truck accidents.  At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can use our over three decades of experience to help identify responsible parties and hold them accountable for their wrongdoing.

What Can I Do If I Lost a Loved One in A Commercial Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or semi-truck, we understand that this may be an overwhelming time. If a fatality occurred, handling complex legal matters can add to the stress of an already difficult and stressful situation. If your loved one was killed in a tragic commercial truck accident, we extend our sincerest condolences.

While we understand that nothing can bring your loved one back, obtaining compensation for the losses you have sustained may help to alleviate some of your financial stress.  Under Virginia law, surviving family members are entitled to receive compensation whenever a death is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another person or company.[5]  If successful in proving a wrongful death case, you may be entitled to recover damages for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Other Care Expenses Incurred Prior to Death
  • Burial Expenses
  • Funeral Costs
  • Loss of Future Financial Support
  • Loss of Companionship and Love
  • Mental and Emotional Anguish

As an experienced Roanoke commercial truck lawyer, Mark Hurt can assess your claim and help determine if you may be entitled to compensation under the Virginia wrongful death statute.

The Availability of Insurance in Interstate Truck Crashes

One important factor in an injury or wrongful death case concerns the availability of insurance to pay compensation and damages.  While Virginia drivers are only required to carry coverage for $25,000 of bodily injury (and $50,000 for total bodily injury per accident), commercial interstate truck drivers are usually required to carry liability insurance of at least $750,000.  For truckers hauling hazardous cargo, the amount of insurance may be much higher.

In addition to these minimum levels, most interstate trucking companies carry excess insurance in order to protect the company in the event a catastrophic injury or death occurs.  While there is nothing that can undo a wrongful death or serious injury, those hurt or the families who have lost a loved one will usually be in a much better position in being able to recover full and fair compensation compared to collisions involving passenger vehicles, in which case the drivers are often uninsured or underinsured.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Experienced Roanoke, Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer?

We represent commercial vehicle accident and wrongful death clients on a contingency fee basis, and we advance all litigation costs (fees are typically deducted from a settlement or jury award).  If we do not recover compensation for you, you will not owe any fee for our services, no matter how much time we have put into your case.  Prior to commencing representation, we will provide a detailed fee agreement that clearly outlines all costs and expenses, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about fees or costs.

How Trucking Companies Attempt to Minimize Liability

Some trucking companies (and the insurance companies that represent them) have what are commonly known as “Go Teams”.  The purpose of these Go Teams is to quickly investigate accidents, secure damaged or totaled trucks and other vehicles, try to get those hurt to make statements against their interest, and otherwise try to do everything possible to minimize liability.  This can even mean having critical evidence destroyed (including the trucks and the “black box” event recorders, which often contain vital information about the cause of a crash).

If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck crash, the trucking company may even contact you soon after an accident to offer a settlement.  When faced with mounting medical bills or the loss of a loved one, these settlement offers may sound appealing at first, but they typically represent only a small fraction (or even pennies on the dollar) of what your claim may be worth.  Truck companies desire to limit their liability by settling an accident claim prior to the full extent of the injuries and losses becoming known.

In many cases, a commercial truck accident victim will require extensive medical treatment and continue incurring medical expenses for some time.  If you accept such a low settlement, you almost certainly will be precluded from obtaining additional money if your injuries are worse than originally thought.  You may even be stuck paying for medical care that should have been covered by the company.

Call Us for a Free Consultation

If you receive a call from an insurance or trucking company, we would urge you to call us before signing any documents or agreeing to a settlement without first calling our office for a free consultation.     

Commercial trucking accidents are complex and often involve many different parties.  If you are the victim of a large truck accident, you will want an experienced Roanoke attorney on your side who understands Virginia and federal commercial truck accident law, and who will fight tenaciously to secure the maximum compensation possible.

If a truck driver or trucking company caused your injuries or the loss of a loved one, we want to help you seek justice and hold the negligent parties responsible for your losses.  Contact our offices to schedule a free consultation with Mark Hurt to learn how we can help.

Client Review

“Mark took over my car accident case from another attorney that I fired. Mark worked hard on the case for several months to get ready for trial. Shortly before trial he got more than the offer my first lawyer tried to get me to take.”

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[1] Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, U.S. Department of Transportation, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/safety/data-and-statistics/461861/ltcbf-2017-final-5-6-2019.pdf.

[2] Fatality Facts 2018, IIHS, https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/large-trucks.

[3] Fatality Facts 2018, IIHS, https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/large-trucks.

[4] Crash Facts 2017, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/crash_data/crash_facts/crash_facts_17.pdf.

[5] VA Code § 8.01-50.

What Our Clients Say

After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
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03:56 09 Oct 20
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11:13 06 Oct 20
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anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
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Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
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Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
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Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
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Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
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Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20
They are here to help you out and take care of your needs. I would recommend them for sure.
Dusty Kimber
Dusty Kimber
22:43 02 Apr 20
Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.
Kendrick Wiggins
Kendrick Wiggins
20:03 02 Apr 20