Truck Accidents FAQ: The Answers You Need
Because of the weight of semis and other commercial vehicles, trucking accidents often result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one were involved in one of these frightening collisions, you may be entitled to compensation and the skilled attorneys at Alexander Law Group, LLP, are well-versed in securing what you deserve.
Being seriously injured in a trucking accident can leave you with many unanswered questions, but we can provide helpful answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
Who Are The Parties I Can Sue?
A. When you are working with a skilled personal injury lawyer, it is important to find all the potential defendants after a serious accident. If the driver of the truck was at fault, they can be held liable, but also their employer. Your attorney would need to prove that the driver was employed by the company and was actively working at the time of the crash. It is often not that simple, though, and larger companies can employ independent contractors, which limits their liability.
If hazardous or flammable materials are part of the aftermath of the crash, the company that produced or shipped the materials may also be held financially liable.
What Are Common Injuries In Trucking Accidents?
A. As in any vehicle accident, injuries can range from slight to severe or lethal. But the most common injuries include:
Recovering from a catastrophic injury like those commonly caused by trucking accidents can be a life-altering ordeal. You should be able to cover your extensive medical bills and focus on recovery, not be hassled by the insurance companies.
Why Are Trucking Accidents So Common?
A. Semi and tractor-trailer trucks weigh many times the average weight of a passenger vehicle, so any accident a truck is involved in is usually more serious. These big rigs also have the unfortunate tendency of jack-knifing, where the trailer skids and folds into the cab. Jack-knifing can be caused by poor road conditions, braking incorrectly or equipment failure.
Commercial truck drivers also face long hauls and many hours behind the wheel. If the company that employs the driver is pushing for faster deliveries, the driver might drive above the speed limit and make small mistakes that eventually lead to catastrophe.
Should I Hire An Attorney After A Trucking Accident?
A. Staring down a room of insurance company lawyers is enough to turn anyone away from working tirelessly to secure fair compensation after a crash. These companies have a vested interest in keeping payments to a strict minimum or denying claims outright. There are certain time limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit and working with a skilled attorney can ensure the process moves smoothly.
Call For A Free Consultation Today
People who cause accidents should be held accountable for their actions. And those injured deserve compensation in line with the physical and emotional anguish they have endured. When you are ready to start building your trucking accident case, the skilled attorneys at Alexander Law Group, LLP, will be there to stand by your side. We offer free case evaluations and never charge a fee without winning compensation for you. Call 888-777-1776 today or use our online contact form.