If you have been in a truck accident, our personal injury attorneys can help. The trucking industry is an essential part of our economy, shifting goods throughout the country and to your local grocery store. Without truckers, we would be short on fruit in one location and short on meat in the other and while most people realize their importance, driving next to a big rig isn't very fun. They can drift and take up so much space that visibility is lost, in general. Due to their size, if you are hit by one the injuries can be far more serious than if you had collided with a car. With that in mind, you should call our office to schedule a consultation if you are in an accident with a semi-truck.
Here's why –
A truck accident tends to be more complicated than a typical car wreck,
and this is due to more than the extent of your injuries. With a trucker
hits you, they typically work for a company which means that there is
a potential for both personal and business liability. In many cases, you
will not be going up against the driver but the company that employs them
and their insurance company. This means more high-powered lawyers. It
can also mean a larger settlement.
When it comes time to file your claim, you need to work with personal injury attorneys that are experienced with this type of accident case. How you file is critical because if you file a claim against the driver only, you probably won't be able to go back and file a subsequent claim against the company. You have one shot at making your case and getting the best possible settlement, making it critical that you do it right.
When you schedule a consultation, we will go over your case with you and answer any questions that you may have. The first thing that we must do in any injury case is to prove liability. We must demonstrate that the truck driver or trucking company was responsible for your car accident and that due to their negligence, you were hit. There are several things that we will look for, including:
- Following the law. Was the driver speeding or driving in a way that was erratic or illegal? If so, this can work to prove neglect.
- Maintenance. Semi-trucks must be maintained properly and if they are not, this could be the fault of the company. As such, we may request maintenance records.
- Rest. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive for eleven out of fourteen hours and must rest for ten consecutive hours. This ensures that they are sharp and not drowsy. A logbook must be kept demonstrating drive and rest times. If they failed to meet these requirements, it can help to prove neglect.
As personal injury attorneys, we can help to ensure that your rights are protected and will work diligently to build your case for compensation. Call us today for a consultation.