18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers


18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers

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Trucking plays an important role in U.S. commerce, but a serious truck accident can leave an individual and their family to deal with the life-altering impact for years to come. These types of vehicle accidents are far more likely to cause serious injury or even fatality than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. The 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Rutter Mills specialize in cases involving serious injuries, so we know how to tackle commercial truck accidents and recover maximum money compensation for our clients.

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Semi-Truck Accidents Can Change Lives in an Instant

If you’ve been involved in a semi-truck accident, the experienced team at Rutter Mills is here to help. We’ve helped handle many cases involving semi-tractor trailers so we know how devastating such an accident can be for you, your job and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free case review so we can start assisting you sooner.

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When you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck crash, have a qualified Virginia truck accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Rutter Mills proudly advocate on behalf of clients from Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton Roads to ensure they are treated fairly when seeking compensation. Call today to schedule a free confidential consultation.

  • Physics – Semi-trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles so they transfer greater force during impact. Drivers and passengers in vehicles struck by 18-wheelers are more likely to suffer a serious – even fatal – injury.
  • Employment and ownership – Between the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the company leasing the truck, and even possibly another company loading or maintaining the mechanics of the truck, there are many potentially liable or responsible parties involved in a commercial vehicle crash. Employment and independent contractor relationships further complicate the liability questions.
  • Regulations – Both state and federal laws impose strict requirements on commercial drivers. These include the number of hours a driver may be on the road without a rest; how they record their miles, maintenance, and inspections; and how long they must wait between consuming alcohol or certain supplements before operating a truck.
  • Documentation – In addition to the records commercial vehicle operators are required to keep, many 18-wheelers today are outfitted with so-called “black boxes”. These event recorders can reveal crucial details of the trip before and during the crash, including the speed the truck was traveling and when it applied the brakes, but it helps to have an experienced attorney to help retrieve that data.
  • Insurance – Federal laws require truck drivers and trucking companies to carry higher insurance coverage than non-commercial drivers, but the complex relationships between the parties can make it difficult to decipher whose insurance will be liable.

In Virginia, accident victims need to prove the fault of the other party in order to recover compensation for their injuries. In accidents involving semi-tractor trailers, some of the most common causes are completely avoidable because someone was at fault. Common causes include:

  • Fatigue
  • Speeding or other traffic violations
  • Drug use and intoxication
  • Improper maintenance or inspection
  • Improper loading
  • Inexperienced drivers or inadequate training
  • Violations of industry regulations like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • High production and haul demands on commercial drivers

An experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to gather the evidence needed to show what parties are to blame and why. The attorneys at Rutter Mills take serious accidents seriously – we know your rights and how important it is to protect them, so we look at every aspect of a claim and gather the documentation needed to make sure you have a solid case for compensation.

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What to do after a truck accident?

There is no doubt that safety must always come first. After an accident involving a multi-ton vehicle, it is crucial to seek medical evaluation regardless of how you feel. Some injuries are obvious right away but many more can be masked by the adrenaline that rushes after such a major event. These injuries may not be visible until days or weeks later when they can grow more dangerous.

As much as you can, also take note of any potential evidence. Write down license plate numbers, the contact information of any witnesses, and even take photos and videos of the scene, general location, and position and condition of the vehicles. Photos of skid marks, landmarks, and vehicles on the scene may be very helpful down the road.

Some of the most helpful documentation, like the inspection records and black box data from the truck involved, can be difficult for an individual to obtain but a knowledgeable lawyer can help you obtain and evaluate these and other types of evidence in order to build your claim.

You should be on your guard after a serious accident. Insurance representatives and lawyers may begin calling you within a day of the accident to request you make a statement or accept an unfairly low offer. These are often traps; if you say something that can be misconstrued as your own fault in causing the accident, or accept an early settlement, you can harm or even completely eliminate your right to obtain full compensation in the future. To avoid this, call a Virginia 18-wheeler accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash and let your attorney handle accident-related communications.


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Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

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Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

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On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

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Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

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When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

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Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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A Rutter Mills case is a serious case. It may mean you have been badly injured. It certainly means you have a lot on the line, and the resolution of your case will make a big difference to you, your family, and your life moving forward.

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VET -David S.

I knew it would be a long hard road to get an award from the VA for my multiple disabilities. However, the process was made so much easier with Rutter Mills. I was kept informed and able to follow the decision making process with my claim at the VA. They were always available if I had any questions and responded promptly. I was able to obtain a 100% rating, and couldn’t be more pleased with how they handled things from start to finish. I would gladly recommend them to any vet facing a situation like mine.

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Mr. Young and his team exceeded my expectations in the way they handled the case and kept me informed. They got involved with my medical billing issues from the accident and a workman's comp claim. They have resolved the issues with workman's comp. I would whole-heartedly recommend this firm.

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