What To Do When Involved in a Semi Truck Accident
The negligent operation of a tractor-trailer can result in devastating consequences if an accident occurs. Although the driver, the trucking firm and its insurer can all potentially face liability claims filed by a semi-truck accident lawyer when there’s impaired driving, other negligent acts can also result in personal injury and/or wrongful death claims as well. Driver error, inadequate rest that’s mandated by law, improper maintenance and other illegal acts can come into play.
When a person is hurt due to negligence on the part of another party, a civil lawsuit can potentially be filed that seeks compensation for the loss. A semi-truck accident attorney may seek damages on behalf of a client for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If injuries create lasting effects, payment for rehabilitation costs, long-term prescription costs, and other expenses may be sought.
Big rigs, due in part to their size, can quickly cause substantial injuries in crashes. In part because of their size, tractor trailers and their drivers operate under strict laws. Accidents that are caused by construction vehicles can also be devastating. Heavy dump trucks and cement mixers are among the large, heavy vehicles that can be very unforgiving in crashes. Occasionally, loads that are being hauled are not properly secured, and shifting loads can throw a big tractor trailer out of control.
A personal injury attorney can seek to get clients the compensation that they deserve. In fatal accidents, surviving family members can also seek damages. In such cases, payment may be also sought for the loss of companionship and for the loss of financial support.
When a truck driver is criminally charged following a wreck, a plaintiff’s attorney will often carefully watch the criminal proceeding. A criminal prosecution may generate evidence that can be helpful as an injured person makes a claim. Even without a criminal conviction, however, a personal injury lawyer may aggressively pursue his or her own investigation on behalf of a client. Wrecks involving commercial trucks can often be complex, and it takes capable investigators to uncover the negligent act(s) that may have contributed to the event.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, construction vehicle, delivery van or another commercial vehicle, please call today to discuss the specifics of your situation with a qualified lawyer. The initial consultation is without charge. Also, if our firm takes your case, there is no cost to you unless we recover damages on your behalf from the offending party or parties.