Truck accidents can be devastating. Standard passenger vehicles are no match for a truck or tractor-trailer. It’s incredibly important to be safe on the road and consistently aware of your surroundings. Learn the difference between this type of accident and a regular car accident, so you can properly build a personal injury case alongside the guidance of a truck accident lawyer.
Why are Accidents Involving Trucks Often More Serious?
Unfortunately, truck accidents are often more severe than the average car accident. Most trucks and tractor-trailers weigh thousands of pounds and can cause extreme damage even driving at normal speeds. When any vehicle collides with a truck or tractor-trailer, the likelihood of serious physical damage and property damage is incredibly high. This is why truck drivers require training and must meet certain requirements in order to be deemed eligible to operate a truck. The capacity for serious damage is simply too high.
Determining the cause of the accident is much more complex in a truck accident case than with a standard passenger vehicle. Truck drivers are expected to complete a certain amount of miles every day. In some truck accidents, the cause of the accident is because the driver felt pressured to complete a high amount of mileage required by their trucking company. Many truckers run on just a few hours of sleep and drive hundreds of miles every day. An experienced truck accident attorney can help determine if negligence played a part in the accident – whether that means negligence on behalf of the truck driver or the truck company’s tough requirements.
What is the Involvement of the Trucking Company?
Truck accident victims must deal with truck companies during the litigation process. Truck drivers are held to certain standards, as their truck is quite literally their mobile office. Trucking companies impose not only restrictions but requirements on their drivers. Trucks must be consistently inspected and must meet state regulations in order to legally operate. If a truck fails to meet inspection standards and is found to be operating on the road, and especially if that truck causes an accident, both the driver and the employer could likely be deemed the guilty party.
Since truck companies are responsible for their employees and drivers, a truck accident means dealing with the truck company in addition to the insurance provider. This is one of the most important reasons for hiring a personal injury lawyer. When you add the burden of dealing with a large trucking company on top of the insurance provider, there is too much information and too many variables to handle on your own.
How Can The Leddy Law Firm, LLC Help After a Truck Accident?
Only a skilled truck accident personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and credibility to advocate on your behalf in court. Never try to tackle a truck accident on your own. There are many factors accompanying a truck accident that are unheard of with standard passenger vehicle accidents.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck or tractor-trailer, contact The Leddy Law Firm, LLC immediately for free no-obligation consultation** of your case. Regardless of your situation, you may be entitled to compensation and deserve to have knowledgeable legal counsel by your side.