Accidents with trucks generally cause serious physical injuries that result in amputations, broken bones or death and they may also result in serious psychological injuries, where the victim suffers emotionally whenever driving or whenever he or she sees a truck coming towards him or her. Accidents involving trucks are more deadly than those involving smaller vehicles. That is because trucks generate a greater momentum, which creates greater collision upon impact.
Anyone who has been injured as a result of a truck driver’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for his or her personal and financial loss. This may include compensation for: medical treatment, loss of income and capacity to earn, pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent physical disability or disfigurement and property damage.
If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, or if your loved one has been killed by a truck, it is best to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to battle the insurance companies to get compensation and justice. A competent trucking attorney will have better knowledge and resources to handle a claim than you, who may have no experience with making a claim from an insurance company. For example, an attorney will tell you to say nothing at the scene of the accident and to not agree to any settlements before a thorough investigation of the accident is done.
At the scene of an accident the affected party may become confused and say things that may negatively affect them being compensated for their loss. There are also insurance company adjusters, who will present themselves as working in the affected party’s best interest and who are trained to get victims to make changes their statements, which will make them look dishonest and which will hurt their cases in the future when a lawsuit arises. These are some of the reasons why a truck accident lawyer is best contacted before the party involved in the accident divulges any information.
It is also best to hire a truck accident lawyer because they are best able to determine who is at fault. A truck accident attorney will know that the common causes of truck accidents are: driver fatigue, impractical schedules, faulty equipment, hazardous cargo, inexperienced and improperly trained drivers, drunk drivers and poor weather conditions and knowing these facts they will better be able to source what was the real cause of the accident to get you a greater compensation for terrible injustice you have suffered.
A trucking accident attorney also has an in-depth understanding of state and federal trucking regulations to thoroughly investigate claims. They would know to check the truck driver’s logs and other records to determine if the truck driver was overworked. Because State laws hold truck drivers to high standards, the trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures. When they fail to follow these procedures there are objective standards by which to measure their operating practices and that of the trucking company, which will aid in pin pointing blame.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire competent drivers. They also have a responsibility to maintain their trucks and to keep proper records and where the truck driver or the trucking company is at fault, an experienced truck accident lawyer will know how to find and present the evidence discovered to prove your case.