If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a semi or other type of truck and the accident was the other party’s fault, contact Taylor & Taylor Law Firm for help. Our team of experienced attorneys understands how to handle accident claims involving garbage trucks, dump trucks, tankers, 18-wheelers and other big rigs.
Common Causes of Big Truck Wrecks
Big trucks take longer to stop, are harder to control, and cause more damage, destruction, and injury than other vehicles on the road. Sometimes wrecks occur because truck drivers are careless; however, wrecks may also be the result of drivers feeling pressured by upper management to meet tight deadlines. These drivers operate too long on too little sleep, resulting in an accident. In some cases, this behavior is a violation of federal trucking regulations and constitutes negligence.
Other causes of big truck wrecks include:
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving (checking GPS. handling other devices, and using cell phones)
- Failing to check blind spots
- Following too closely
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, prescription drugs (particularly amphetamines)
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Bad weather or poor visibility
- Mechanical failure due to poor truck maintenance
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
The party most often held legally responsible in a truck accident is the trucking company. While many factors contribute to this outcome, companies are often found liable because they are caught encouraging their drivers to break regulations in order to save time or money.
Sometimes the truck driver is held responsible if the accident was a direct result of their negligence; for example, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Infrequently, other parties are found liable, such as truck manufacturers or cargo loading teams.
Ultimately, a variety of different types of evidence helps to determine liability. Evidence includes but is not limited to:
- Police reports
- Trucking logs
- Witness testimony
- Skid marks
- Road debris
- Photographs of the truck
- Your vehicle
- The scene
Experts will need to determine if state or federal trucking regulations were violated and if the trucking company, independent trucker, or other parties were involved.
Types of Compensation for Truck Accident Cases
Depending on the unique circumstances of your accident, you may be able to recover a variety of damages. While “damages” is a term that often refers to your actual injuries and/or losses, it is also used to describe any financial awards your case yields.
You may be entitled to the following damages:
- All of your medical expenses, past and future (surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medications, extended care, and more).
- Lost wages or income due to your inability to work while recovering.
- Loss of all future earnings if you have become permanently disabled and are unable to work.
- Pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.
As you continue on your road to recovery, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm is here for you, every step of the way. We will handle your claim so you can focus on healing. Our attorneys are accomplished at aggressive negotiation with insurance providers and will prevent insurance companies from reducing your compensation.
Why Taylor & Taylor Should Fight Your Truck Accident Case
The best advice we can give you is to never attempt to handle a truck accident claim on your own. These types of claims can be extremely complex and require immediate, thorough attention to detail.
Following a truck accident, addressing the complexities, research, and paperwork of a claim can be overwhelming–especially while you’re trying to recover, care for a loved one, or grieve their loss.
Taylor & Taylor Law Firm is well-versed in the laws, procedures, and investigatory aspects of truck accidents. We swiftly gather, document, and preserve evidence so that it can be exhaustively analyzed by experienced eyes to:
- Determine how the accident was caused
- Assign liability
Our team also excels at aggressive negotiation with insurance providers and will prevent these companies from reducing your compensation.
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