Other Types of Injury Accidents

HOW WE AT HOWARD, MORRISON, ROSS & WHELAN CAN HELP
There are countless accidents which can cause severe and even life-threatening injuries. Regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself facing, it is vastly important that you get the legal assistance that you deserve in helping to fight for the compensation that you deserve. At Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan, our firm understands the complexity of personal injury claims and we are prepared to go above and beyond in our efforts to help seek maximum compensation. As an AV® rated firm by Martindale-Hubbell®, we have proven time and time again that we have what it takes to help in virtually every type of claim and lawsuit. Below, we explain just some of the different situations that we can help with involving personal injury claims:

Boating Accidents
With countless lakes and rivers flowing throughout Virginia, such as Lake Anna, Kerr Lake and Burke Lake, boating is a favorite pastime for many. Unfortunately, boating does not always have a happy ending. According to a 2007 report released by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), there were over 146 incidents in the year with over 100 injuries and 13 fatalities. From improperly trained operators to those who choose to drink behind the wheel, these accidents can be severe.

Bus Accidents
Public transportation is a commonly utilized method for cheap transportation – however, it is not without its dangers. Per the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were over 579 buses involving in fatal crashes in 2005-2006. According to this study, most often the accident was attributed to a driver error, such as inadequate surveillance, inattention and tailgating. Other causes can include bus fires, brake failures and even weather-related causes, such as having ice on the road.

Bicycle Accidents
Riding a bicycle instead of utilizing a passenger vehicle is a more cost-effective form of transportation, but can leave the bicyclist vulnerable should an accident occur. According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, over 740 bike accidents occurred in 2011 – over a 100 spike from the year before. The causes of this are endless, but can often be attributed to drivers of passenger vehicles not paying attention to the smaller vehicles that they are sharing the road with, causing accidents when turning, crossing intersections and more.

Construction Accidents
While any job can leave an employee at risk of injuries, the construction industry is infamous for being one of the most dangerous of industries. From accidents occurring on scaffolding to accidents occurring from falling objects, there are countless causes to these types of injuries. If you have been involved in this type of accident, you could look into the possibility of filing a workers’ compensation claim to protect your rights as an injured employee or you could look into pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Either way, we could help.

Pedestrian Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a pedestrian as anyone who is on foot – regardless of whether they are walking, running, jogging, hiking or sitting. Due to their lack of natural safety protection, accidents that involve pedestrians can be life-threatening in nature. In fact, in 2009, there were over 4,000 pedestrian fatalities – accounting for over 12 percent of all fatalities in traffic crashes.

Train Accidents
Due to their massive size and high speed, accidents involving trains can be absolutely devastating. Take for example, the accident that occurred in Amherst County, VA in November 2011 where one train struck five pedestrians who had been walking on the trestle. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a train, regardless of the circumstances, you should not hesitate to get our involvement today.

These accidents can have a lasting impact on a victim’s life, leaving them under mountains of debt and in significant pain or permanently disabled. Seeking compensation for the damages, injuries, and hardships you have had to endure as a result of an accident is an absolute necessity. If you have been injured in an accident, it is very important that you speak with an attorney immediately. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney representing you in your claim could greatly increase the amount of the compensation you receive in a settlement, judgment or verdict.

DO I HAVE A VALID CLAIM?
The attorneys at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan have extensive experience helping clients seek restitution in a wide variety of accident cases. We have been on the list of Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and have been placed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. With over 120 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that our legal team is highly qualified, and can be trusted with your serious injury claim.

Our firm has helped clients obtain millions from the big insurance companies. You should not have to live in pain and discomfort due to an accident that was beyond your control. Call our firm today so that we can move forward with evaluating your damages and filing a claim to recover damages, either through a claim to an insurance company or in court if your claim is not satisfied fairly, and in a timely manner. We will aggressively represent your interests, and have a proven record in high value settlements.

Truck Accidents

An accident with a large truck can have extremely dangerous consequences, ranging from severe injuries to wrongful death. Due to the size of the truck, the passengers in a smaller vehicle are at high risk of serious injury. In addition to the normal side blind spots, a truck driver is not able to see vehicles directly behind the truck and right in front of the truck. Truckers also are under heavy time demands and may operate their vehicles past the point of being able to safely drive, even when restricted by federal regulations.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident with a commercial truck, it is crucial that you contact an attorney immediately. Sharing the highway with a large truck is extremely dangerous. The driver’s condition is unknown; they could be fatigued, drunk, or aggressive, or may not consider that they should travel at a safe speed. Their vehicle could have been improperly loaded, or the maintenance on the truck is overdue, and important safety systems in bad repair, including brakes.

It is very important that you maintain adequate distance as the danger posed by these vehicles is extreme. A truck’s wide turning radius is a common cause for deadly truck accidents, including underride accidents in which the other vehicle is crushed underneath the truck when the truck changes lanes or turns. The number of serious truck accidents that take place throughout our area is shocking; there are frequently multiple fatalities or permanent injuries when large commercial trucks are out of control.

No matter whether your case involves a tired driver, truck operator that was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or one who was violating federal safety regulations, our legal team has the experience you will need to recover damages. We have recovered millions from large insurance companies, and will fight for you and your right to compensation.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT WITH A COMMERCIAL TRUCK?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 500 people killed in traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2010 with over 20,000 people sustaining serious injuries – an eighteen percent increase in injuries from the previous year. Unfortunately, most people killed in large truck accidents are the occupants of other vehicles – accounting for 2,700 fatalities in 2010, while only 500 truck occupants of the trucks were killed in the same year.

There are countless factors which can attribute to these disastrous accidents. One of the most prevalent, however, is that of a tired or fatigued driver behind the wheel. Commercial drivers are asked to meet incredibly difficult deadlines, which will often cause them to drive beyond their physical limits. Under federal law, commercial drivers are legally required to meet certain hours-of-service (HOS). This means, that they are required to drive for certain periods of time, with specified amounts of rest.

For example, drivers who are carrying property in their trucks are only permitted to drive for a maximum of 11 hours after they have had 10 hours consecutively off-duty. In 7/8 consecutive days, a driver is not permitted to be driving for longer than 60/70 hours. This consecutive day period may be restarted after the driver has taken a consecutive 34 hours or more off duty.

Unfortunately, drivers do not always adhere to these laws. Many have been known to fudge their logbooks – keeping a real one hidden and then having a fake one that they show to any law enforcement officers who ask for it. This can lead to exhausted drivers on the road. This means that drivers are nodding off and are unable to react in a proper amount of time. Fatigued drivers can be the cause of catastrophic accidents – leading to severe and even life-threatening injuries.

HOWARD, MORRISON, ROSS AND WHELAN CAN HELP
The attorneys at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan, with their 120 years of combined experience can help you simplify your case and win. Our firm has won the title of Best Lawyers in America from 1993-2011. We have helped our clients realize millions in damages. Commercial insurance companies will try to reduce their liability. We are here to fight for you against these big insurance companies. We will pursue justice and the settlement you truly deserve.