Trucks are all over our roads and highways. They ship goods back and forth to our homes and businesses every day. We share the roads with them when we drive, and sometimes, collisions happen. Trucks are massive pieces of equipment and collisions they are involved with are often severe and devastating.
If you are involved in a trucking accident, either as the truck driver or as another driver who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can call our legal team for help and support. We are here to help you to get back on your feet following this type of accident, and we are well versed in dealing with the unique challenges this type of accident presents.
What Makes Truck Accidents Unique:
Truck accidents are almost guaranteed to be more complicated than car accidents. It may be tempting to think that you can deal with the accident on your own if you have delt with car accidents in the past, but there are several complicating factors involved with trucking accidents that every victim needs to understand.
Several insurance companies will need to be involved. Your insurance company, the driver’s insurance company, and the commercial trucking company’s insurance company are all likely to be involved. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with, which is why you should never do it alone.
Fault can become murky very quickly. The commercial trucking company will be looking to blame anything but their driver and their equipment. Do your best not to speak about the accident to anyone. Do not admit fault, and document everything so that building a case for you will be easy. Witnesses are very important in truck accidents. If you can, establish contact with them immediately following the accident, or as soon as you are able to after the accident.
Trucking Industry Laws will be involved. Truck accidents go beyond simple negligent driving. There are regulations in place that apply specifically to truck drivers. Understanding where the driver failed to follow these regulations will be vital in determining liability.
Do not speak to an insurance company directly. Only do so through an experienced truck accident attorney. Truck policies are much more comprehensive than passenger vehicle policies and thus the process of securing your damages can get very complicated.