Improperly Loaded Cargo

The driver isn’t always solely to blame for a rollover accident. Sometimes, it has to do with how the cargo was loaded. Problems with weight distribution make the trailer top-heavy or otherwise less stable. Dock or warehouse workers may inadequately secure cargo. Unstable loads, shifting loads, or overloaded trucks may be unsafe even at slower speeds. 

Lack of Maintenance

Problems related to maintenance also lead to commercial truck rollover accidents. Faulty suspension, worn-out tires, and defective parts can all be contributing factors. Brake failures on steep hills, during merging, and through intersections can be catastrophic. Transmission and steering issues can also cause accidents. 

Possible Injuries From Semi-Truck Rollovers

If you’re driving your regular commuter car when you collide with a fully loaded truck weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, chances are you will have it worse than the truck driver. Truck accident injuries are often more devastating due to the sheer force of impact. You may experience: 

  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures
  • Back injuries, including injuries to the spinal cord
  • Broken bones and lacerations on the hands, arms, legs, and feet
  • Organ damage and other internal injuries
  • Limb amputation
  • Partial or full paralysis
Along with recovering lost wages and medical bills, you may also seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Non-economic damages may also include emotional distress and reduced quality of life. In rare cases involving deliberately reckless behavior, Virginia law also allows for up to $350,000 in punitive damages

Contact The Mottley Law Firm for the Dedicated Attention You Deserve  

If you’ve been seriously hurt in a rollover accident with a big rig, it’s vital to call a Virginia truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. We have years of experience handling these types of personal injury cases. We’ll work closely with you to identify all liable parties and pursue top compensation for your losses. While you focus on recovery, our skilled legal team handles all the details of investigating the accident, preserving critical evidence, building the strategy of your case, and negotiating a proper settlement. Your job is to heal—we’ll take care of the rest. 

“After 11 days in the hospital with multiple surgeries, I began meeting with Kevin Mottley.  From our first session together, he was compassionate, courteous, and professional,” says client Joshua Wortham. “He took care to make the whole process as painless as possible for me so that I could focus on healing. I am grateful for all that Kevin did to help bring closure and peace in the midst of a terrible situation.”
Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims