Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I was hit by a commercial truck and got seriously hurt. Is an injury claim against a trucking company the same as a car accident claim?

    If you were seriously hurt in an accident caused by a large commercial truck or big rig, the process for taking legal action isn't exactly the same as filing a claim in a more typical auto accident.
     
    In a typical auto accident, state law usually applies. When a commercial big rig or 18-wheeler is involved, certain federal laws apply. For example, commercial trucks must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). These regulations were passed to reduce commercial vehicle accidents and decrease fatalities. 
     
    Federal laws mandate that commercial truck drivers and companies carry certain minimum amounts of liability, bodily injury, and property damage insurance coverage. These federal laws and regulations establish certain standards for trucking companies, owners, and drivers. Federal laws concerning commercial truck drivers can be found under Title 49 of the United States Government regulations.  There are also many federal laws that set forth a list of safety regulations a commercial truck driver must follow, including logging requirements and proper weight and vehicle load. 
     
    The litigation process against a major trucking company can be complicated, which is why we strongly recommend you reach out to a law firm that has experience in truck accident injury cases. 

  • Can I afford to get into a lawsuit?

    At our law firm, we handle cases on a contingent basis so that if we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us any fees. We also advance the legal costs for you so that large corporations and insurance companies cannot overwhelm you with experts and other legal tactics. We will also assist you in obtaining all benefits available to you to help you in this difficult time.

  • What if I do not want to go to court because I am getting nervous about testifying?

    On average, we are able to resolve a great majority of cases by settlement approved by you. However, we are always ready to try your case and will work with you to make sure you understand the process and to prepare you for court. As a result, there usually are no surprises when we go to court.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • How much am I likely to recover when in court?

    Our goal is to obtain the best possible result for you. We believe that every case is unique and our evaluation of your case reflects our experience in assessing your situation. Our firm has obtained record verdicts because we are willing to fight hard and not just except a claim adjuster's evaluation of your case. As a result, we often have "million dollar" results whether by settlement or trial.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Who pays if I incur an injury due to an auto accident or my car is damaged?

    If you are to blame for an accident, your liability insurance will pay the other driver for property damage and personal injuries up to your policy's limits. If you are not at fault, the other driver’s liability insurance pays for your car damage and personal injuries.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.