Getting into a collision with a truck is a traumatic experience that can leave you with life-threatening injuries. The last thing you want is a battle with insurance companies to compensate you for medical treatments. Unfortunately, some insurance adjusters can frustrate you by downplaying your damages, expenses and the monumental life changes that ensue.
Our truck accident attorneys deal with these types of cases regularly and understand how dire financial recovery is.
Pursuing Compensation for a Truck Accident is a Difficult Process
Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows three people die from preventable accidents every ten minutes. In the same time frame, 919 people sustain grave injuries that require medical intervention, amounting to $20.89 million in costs. This sobering data points to an unfortunate trend of recklessness that goes well beyond roads and highways.
There is a high demand for truck accident lawyers to help clients in this predicament, holding trucking companies and other at-fault parties accountable for harming them. Suing for compensation is often an arduous process that starts with hiring a lawyer to put things in motion. Accomplishing this feat alone without legal help is often difficult.
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What Should I Consider When Choosing a Lawyer?
With many legal firms available, truck accident victims are sometimes overwhelmed by the options. Here are five key questions to consider when seeking a lawyer:
- Do they exclusively handle personal injury? It is not uncommon to find a law firm with many specialties and serving clients with different needs. While this approach may speak to their vast experience, you may not get the attention you deserve. Our firm empathizes with clients who suffer harm due to someone else’s negligence, and we channel all efforts into their cases until matters are resolved.
- Do they have the resources? Not all law firms were created equal. Some establishments lack the money to take on big cases as they are capital intensive. These cases require expert witnesses, paralegals, independent investigators, and other resources to compile a winnable lawsuit. It would help if you had a firm with enough endowment and could work on a contingency basis until you get a settlement.
- Can they litigate in open court? Seeking compensation from a trucking conglomerate, manufacturer, local government, or other big entity can be daunting. They may apply unsavory tactics to avoid paying restitution or drag the court process to frustrate you. If negotiations prove futile, you need legal help to defend your rights and earn you the highest settlement possible.
- What do past clients say about them? One of the surest ways of knowing the capabilities of a lawyer is speaking to past clients. You want to see if they are empathetic, responsive, give sound legal advice, and other vital elements. Ask for a few client references to get their honest feedback.
- What is their professional outlook? Professional attorneys have a physical location and certified staff. Many will have a few publications under their belt, have a few accolades to show their prowess, and are well respected by their industry peers. Do not gamble on your future by working with just any lawyer; our firm is professional in every sense of the word.
Why Do Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents?
An 18-wheeler weighs about 20 times the weight of a passenger car. The sheer weight makes such collisions dangerous, especially when they involve multiple vehicles. Commercial truck drivers have distinct regulations they must abide by, such as not exceeding 11 consecutive hours on the road. Non-commercial drivers have different laws that govern their operations.
Truck accidents differ from crashes with smaller vehicles in other ways, such as:
Types of Injuries
The force of impact when colliding with a massive truck is much greater than the crashing of smaller vehicles. As a result, there is a higher risk of sustaining injuries that might require invasive treatments like surgery to save the victims’ lives. In addition, survivors may endure life-long damages, like facial disfigurement, amputation, and loss of limbs.
One or more drivers can be found liable for common accidents, but other entities might be culpable in truck accidents. For instance, the truck manufacturer, driver’s employer, company responsible for maintenance, freight company, etc. Your attorney will investigate the cause of the crash and bring charges against all the responsible entities.
Trucking companies must buy significant insurance for their drivers and fleet. If their employee or independent contractor is found liable for the crash, victims could be in for a huge payout to match these pricey premiums. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters know this all too well and will do anything possible to blame the other driver.
Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Impressive bottom lines matter to big trucking companies. If you encounter an accident involving their trucks, they may not offer a generous payout without legal intervention by the plaintiff.
When you hire a truck accident attorney from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, you get the most responsive legal representation every step of the way. We will keep you updated and offer sound legal advice. Let us handle your personal injury case as you focus on attaining a full recovery. Contact us for a free consultation and or to receive more information.