Morgantown Truck Accident Lawyers Investigate Driver and Company Negligence
Experienced attorneys fight for your maximum compensation
For more than 60 years, Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown has helped victims of trucking accidents throughout West Virginia obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. Through a total team effort, we demonstrate how various defendants failed in their duty of care. Our investigative team — including accident reconstructionists and mechanical engineers — helps us establish exactly how the accident happened and the roles played by the truck driver, the trucking company and other potential defendants. Our medical experts and rehabilitation professionals thoroughly explain the extent of your injuries and your prognosis for recovery. In our court presentation, we compare your life before and after the accident, showing how the injuries have affected you and your family. Because our distinguished attorneys know how truck accidents can devastate families, we do everything possible to hold negligent parties accountable and deliver justice for you.
Our Morgantown lawyers scrutinize trucking accidents
We leverage our nearly 60 years of combined legal experience in personal injury litigation to serve our clients. In truck accident cases, we investigate many possible contributing factors, gathering data and evidence from:
- Truck driver’s log
- Onboard black box
- Skid mark analysis
- Eyewitness statements
- Driver’s drug test results
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Driver’s training records
- Cargo load security and balance, including hazardous materials
Many semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer and delivery truck accidents occur because of the trucking company and trucker’s desire to cut corners. We examine possible Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation violations with respect to driver fatigue, driver error, inadequate vehicle maintenance and other noncompliance with safety requirements. We look for instances of both company negligence and driver negligence.
The terrible toll of truck accidents: wrongful death and catastrophic injury
Deaths due to commercial truck accidents had been trending downward since the mid-1990s, but have started to tick upwards again. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 3,660 people died in large truck crashes in 2014. Of those, 16 percent were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of passenger cars, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of large truck crash fatalities in 2014 was 16 percent higher than in 2009, which was the lowest year on record since 1975. In West Virginia, about 11 percent of fatal traffic accidents involve large trucks.
Our firm has litigated high-speed collisions between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle on various roadways around Morgantown and throughout the state. Crashes on I-79, I-68, Route 43, U.S. 19, U.S. 119, Route 7, Route 705, and CR 857 can easily result in death or a life-changing harm, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Scarring and disfigurement
Injuries from a truck accident may require long-term medical care and treatment. If a loved one died as a result of a trucking accident, our lawyers can bring a wrongful death suit against negligent truckers and their trucking companies on behalf of the deceased.
After your trucking accident, let our experienced Morgantown attorneys help
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown represents trucking accident victims in cases against negligent truck drivers, trucking companies and trucking company insurers. Call us around the clock at 304-212-7368 or contact us online to tell us about your situation. We offer a free initial consultation, and you pay us no attorney fees unless we win for you. We make home and hospital calls to the seriously injured and can provide Spanish translation services.