What You Need to Know About Truck Accident Law
When truck accidents happen, there is often significantly more damage to life and property than if the accident occurred with a regular passenger vehicle. Injuries can be catastrophic, including scenarios where one or more individuals may lose their lives. Out of the 5.5 million car accidents in the United States each year, three million cause injury, and around 40,000 result in death.
Truck Driver Negligence
Truck accidents typically involve large vehicles with lots of mass, which creates a lot of force when they crash. In most cases, it was the employee of a trucking company driving the commercial vehicle who was negligent in handling the vehicle which caused the accident. Negligence can include everything from errors in how a trailer is secured, how loads are tied down, the condition of the truck, and any impairments of the driver.
Additional Traffic Rules
Commercial trucking companies must abide by additional traffic safety rules and regulations to keep the public safe while operating these vehicles. They must ensure their rigs are correctly and safely loaded. If any harmful chemicals or other substances are being transported, they must take additional steps to prevent leaks and spills. Drivers are not supposed to work after a set number of hours each day, must abide by particular speed limits, and more.
There are many cases where a trucking company will let an employee bend these rules just a little if it means getting a load to a client faster. The combination of allowing the rules to slide or not putting measures in place to keep the public safer can lead to an increase in injury during an accident.
Truck insurance companies will work with all parties to come to a resolution, but it's not often the resolution you seek, or you feel you deserve. There are specific things that have to be proven in court to hold the trucking company responsible.
A truck accident lawyer and their team can use their experience to investigate claims and find evidence. They can obtain medical records, police reports, and other information that you may not have immediate access to on your own. An experienced trucking attorney understands the loopholes many insurance companies may employ to pay you less for your claims. They understand if the trucking companies were at fault, they will do everything in their power to ensure you receive accountability and compensation.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, reach out to us today to receive the proper compensation you deserve.