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You take the same route to work daily—down the highway for about 30 minutes before reaching the city’s outskirts. You leave early most days to avoid rush hour traffic. But this morning, something changed.

Rain slides down your windshield, but the road conditions aren’t too bad. You notice an 18-wheeler saddle up beside you. Fearing they can’t see you, you start to speed up. But the truck merges into your lane, causing you to slide into oncoming traffic. The slick road makes you spin. Before you know it, medics lift you into an ambulance. Later, you discover the truck driver was fatigued from an overnight shift and forgot to check for vehicles when changing lanes. The doctor says you have a concussion, a broken arm, and scrapes and bruises.

You want to rest and recover, but anxieties flood your mind.
How will you work? 
How can you afford the medical bills and other expenses? 
How long will it take you to recover?

After a devastating 18-wheeler accident, you deserve justice – Miley Legal can help. Our clients are our main priority, and we’ll fight, so you get the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love has experienced an 18-wheeler accident or tractor-trailer crash, call one of the truck accident lawyers from The Miley Legal Group. We have experience handling truck accident cases and can help you recover from your WV truck accident. Schedule your free consultation today, so we can start working on your case.

Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents and Injuries

Many types of truck accidents can happen, including:

  • Wide-turn collisions
  • Rollover crashes
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Blind spot accidents
  • Underride accidents

Truck accident injuries can be devastating compared to a car accident. The size and weight of a semi-truck are much more significant than average-sized passenger vehicles, resulting in graver injuries.

Here are some common injuries you can sustain from a trucking or tractor trailer accident:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Herniated discs
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death

Trucking accidents can have many causes, such as inexperience, fatigue, or negligence. Other causes could include bad weather, vehicle malfunctions, and overloading. If you’ve been a victim of an 18-wheeler accident, a truck accident lawyer can help.

Standard Settlement Amounts for 18-Wheeler Accidents

It’s difficult to pinpoint a common settlement amount for trucking accidents. Each case has different factors that can affect how much you earn from the settlement. For example, if the commercial truck driver was negligent and their careless actions caused the accident, you may be entitled to more compensation. Additionally, various aspects—such as the severity of injuries, lost wages, and emotional damages—can affect your settlement amount.

How to Improve Your Case

Follow these tips to improve your case:

  • Collect evidence. If you’re physically able to, try to collect evidence at the accident scene. Take pictures of your injuries, property damage, and road conditions.
  • Seek medical attention. Even if you were in a minor trucking accident, seek medical attention. You may have sustained injuries you didn’t know you had, and you can use your medical records as evidence.
  • Don’t admit fault. Don’t admit fault when talking to the insurance company; don’t let them trick you into revealing partial blame. This will result in you receiving little to no compensation.

Have Questions? Contact Our Team Today

The Miley Legal Group knows how horrible 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer accidents can be. They’re usually devastating and cause lasting physical and emotional effects on the victim. We want to help you earn fair compensation for your damages. We’ll guide you through every step and remove any fear and confusion from the claims process.
Call a truck accident lawyer from Miley Legal to get started on your claim.


Who can be held responsible for an 18-wheeler accident?

Since truckers usually work for a prominent third-party trucking companies, many parties can be held responsible for the accident. The driver, company, and even the vehicle manufacturer could be held accountable. If the accident was due to a truck malfunction, trucking industry maintenance workers or safety inspectors from the trucking company could be liable.

How can you prove fault in a trucking accident?

There are several ways you can prove fault in a serious truck accident. For example, traffic cameras or a police report can show you what caused the wreck. You can also use witnesses’ accounts as proof. A truck accident lawyer will compile all the evidence you need to prove fault.

How long do I have to process my claim?

It’s best to process your claim as soon as possible. Legal proceedings can take a long time, so starting the truck accident claim process quickly is helpful. Also, it’s beneficial to file a claim while the accident details are still fresh in your mind. Finally, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in West Virginia is two years, which means you have two years from the date of your accident to seek legal action.

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