Auto accidents involving 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles are often more serious and complex than normal car accidents. The sheer size and weight of trucks have a greater potential than other vehicles for causing significant injury, which will usually lead to a lengthier and more difficult settlement process. Pursuing a truck accident claim is a daunting task; one that cannot easily be taken on alone. Having an experienced truck accident attorney in your corner may be your best chance at receiving fair compensation. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, negotiate on your behalf, and handle opposing insurance companies, all while you focus on your recovery.
Determining liability in a truck accident case is often much more challenging than in a normal car accident. Because trucks are commercial vehicles, there are normally multiple parties involved other than just the truck driver. This may include the trucking company, the truck contractor, and even the manufacturer of the truck. Identifying the cause of the accident can determine which parties are responsible. If the driver was not adequately trained before getting behind the wheel, the employer of that driver may be held liable. On the other hand, if a part within the truck malfunctioned, the manufacturer may be at fault. A knowledgeable attorney can work to find the cause of your accident and hold those parties accountable on your behalf.
Choosing the Best Strategy for Your Case
No two truck accident cases are alike. While some cases are settled through arbitration and mediation, others will proceed to trial to decide the outcome. Opposing insurance companies may offer a lower settlement check early on in a claim in an attempt to resolve the matter quickly. However, a seasoned attorney can offer counsel on what choice to make. The damages from truck accidents often go beyond property damage and medical bills. You may have experienced several non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, or even loss of enjoyment of life. Your attorney can advise you on whether a settlement offer is fair, or if you can seek to recover more for your damages through a trial.
Applying the Law to Your Case
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which makes truck accidents unique from other types of vehicle accidents. For example: there are different insurance requirements placed on large commercial trucks; trucking companies are required to maintain records about their drivers such as alcohol or substance use; and truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they may drive per day. An attorney familiar with these laws and regulations can use this to their advantage, opening up avenues for investigation to support your claim.
If you are seeking compensation for damages resulting from a truck accident, do not try to take the case on yourself. The legal process following a truck accident is complex and requires a comprehensive understanding of the law. The attorneys at Ganim Injury Lawyers have handled countless truck accident cases and have the skills necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation about how we can help your case.