Commercial trucking accident lawsuits are complicated. They involve the driver, the company that owns the truck, the manufacturer of the truck, the owner of the truck’s load and the insurance companies of each. That is a lot to handle. When you have been hurt in an accident by a commercial truck figuring out how the accident happened, who is responsible, and both who should pay for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering require a lawyer with the experience of Tolicus Law attorneys.
Trucks are big and dangerous, and the accidents are usually much more severe for the injured driver than in a standard car accident. Commercial trucks cannot slow down as quickly or turn as fast on the highway as a car. The size and speed involved in even a “small” bump from a commercial truck is much more significant than most other kinds of highway accidents.
What Should You Do After a Truck Accident
- Get medical attention right away. Whether you are the driver or a passenger, this is the most important and perhaps most obvious concern. While it might not seem like you need attention, often those cases involve a brain injury or other unseen damage. If you fail to get medical attention immediately you may lose all chance of recovering for that damage if it is discovered much later.
- Protect the evidence. If you can get names, take photos and record as much information as you can. Just like preserving your medical information, it is vitally important to collect as much data from the scene – if you are able – before it is wiped away.
- Keep your vehicle. We need to see it and get detailed pictures and conduct an analysis of the damage.
- Contact an experienced lawyer. Give us a call and let us help you document the information and evaluate your case to help you obtain the recovery you deserve so you can focus on getting well.
Compensation for Trucking Accidents
A trucking accident victim may be due compensation for medical bills, property damages, lost wages, impaired earning capacity, lifestyle changes, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
The leading causes of truck accidents include:
- Poor vehicle condition. Commercial trucks are required to be in maintained at a high level and failure to do this could be a basis for the accident.
- Substance abuse by the commercial truck driver
- Commercial truck driver fatigue
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Improper loading
- Improper inspection and maintenance
- A defect in the product or manufacturing of trucks
- Employer negligence