Truck Accidents Rod Smith Law PLLC - fighting for West Virginians

Charleston Truck Accident Attorney

Representation in Truck Accident Injury Cases

Have you been injured in a truck accident? Unfortunately, trucking accidents occur all across the nation involving 18 wheelers, semis, tankers, refrigerator trucks, dump trucks, and more. These heavy commercial trucks are often difficult to maneuver and even more difficult to stop.

When colliding with smaller vehicles, they can cause enormous property damage, bodily injury, and multi-vehicle pileups. Our seasoned Charleston truck accident attorney at Rod Smith Law PLLC has a strong track record in personal injury cases. We have recovered more than $90 million in settlements and judgments for our clients.

Let our Charleston truck accident lawyer focus on fighting for justice while you recover. Call us at (304) 406-7076.

What Should You Do After a Truck Accident?

Most of the time, the parties involved resolve the at-fault driver and negotiate with that driver's insurance company to settle. However, they can sue someone personally after a truck accident if they do not receive acceptable compensation from insurance.

Truck Accident Liability in West Virginia

Trucking accidents can be complex and require early action to preserve evidence before it can be lost, hidden, or compromised.

If you were injured due to negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or other entity, you can file a personal injury claim to recover damages. These entities may be liable due to various reasons. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver error
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Defective or dangerous equipment or components
  • Poor driver training
  • Fatigue

Truck accidents unique for the severity of the damage they can inflict on bodies and property. These accidents are more likely to cause death than other accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, and organ damage.

Trucking Regulation

Because large trucks can cause such catastrophic damage to other motorists in the event of an accident, truck drivers are required to follow more laws than other motor vehicles both on and even off the road. One of these such rules is called the hours of service regulation. The main purposes of this rule is to prevent fatigued driving, thus the laws are aimed at ensuring that truck drivers are not overworked and get an adequate amount of sleep and rest each day. According to this law:

  • Truck drivers can work a maximum of14 hours in a day. Of these 14 hours truckers can only drive for 11 hours, with the remaining time spent on rest or meal breaks
  • Truck drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before beginning a new workday
  • Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals

Unfortunately, whether due to truck driver negligence or pressure from the trucking companies truckers work for these rules are not always followed which can lead to accidents. If you have been injured, contact our firm for help today.

Let Our Truck Accident Lawyer Help You

After a trucking accident, it is critical that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure that your personal injury claim is handled professionally. It is a well-known fact that insurance companies will try to shift the blame in an effort to reduce their liability and payout.

Our legal team can get to work immediately to combat this through intense investigation and a determined stance in negotiations or in court. Let us protect your rights and seek the justice you deserve.

Reach out to our skilled Charleston truck accident lawyer at (304) 406-7076 for a free consultation. You can also contact Rod Smith Law PLLC online.

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Case Results

  • $400 Thousand Sexual Harassment

    A large employer allowed a female employee to be repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment and failed to take action even though management knew of the degrading conduct. After a hard fight, we recovered $400,000 for our client.

  • $1 Million Sexual Harassment

    We represented female employees who endured relentless sexual harassment in the workplace by their supervisor. The work environment was so bad for these young ladies that they had no choice but to quit. We successfully obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on our clients’ behalf. Rod Smith Law, PLLC strives to make workplaces safer and free of sexual harassment.

  • $400 Thousand Sexual Harassment

    A large employer failed to protect our client from being sexually harassed and groped in to the workplace by her male co-workers. We fought for our client and held this large employer accountable for the actions of their employees resulting in a $400,000 settlement.

  • $500 Thousand Violation of the West Virginia Patient Safety Act

    A healthcare facility fired our client in retaliation for reporting understaffing in violation of the West Virginia Patient Safety Act. Safety should never be silenced. We obtained a $500,000 settlement on behalf of our client.

  • $1.5 Million Sexual Harassment/Wrongful Discharge

    Recovered over $1.5 million in a workplace sexual harassment case.

  • $1.6 Million Coal Contract Dispute Verdict

    Company awarded a $1.6 million verdict in a trial involving a coal contract dispute.

  • $1 Million Commercial Trucking Accident

    Injured truck driver awarded $1 million in a commercial trucking accident case.

  • $5 Million Illegally Withheld Wages

    Recovered over $5 Million for thousands of West Virginia workers.

  • $2.7 Million Commercial Contract Dispute

    Obtained $2.7 Million arbitration award in a commercial coal contract dispute.

  • $72 Million Wrongful Death Verdict

    Estate of five-year old child awarded a $72 million verdict in a wrongful death case.


The Rod Smith Law PLLC Difference

  • Free Consultations: No Recovery, No Fee
  • Over $90 Million in Judgments & Settlements
  • Open Communication: Phones & Email Are Always Monitored
  • We Are Honest & Upfront With Our Clients
  • Personable & Friendly Legal Team

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