No matter the type, any car accident can be a scary and life-threatening situation. When you get hit by a commercial truck; however, the experience can not only be scary and life-threatening, it can also be traumatic. Whether you call them 18-wheelers, big rigs, tractor trailers, or semi-trucks, the sheer size and weight of these commercial vehicles often cause catastrophic injuries to those they hit.
Unlike most car accidents, commercial trucking accidents are more complex when it comes to the issue of responsibility. For example, in a normal car accident, the driver of the vehicle who hit you will likely be held responsible for your injuries. In a commercial trucking case, however, there are multiple parties who could be held liable for your injuries, including the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or even the city or state if the roads were not properly maintained. In addition to determining who is responsible, it is also necessary to assess and understand how the accident occurred.
The cause of the crash is an important component in assessing which parties may be responsible for the injuries you sustained. In addition to the human errors of the driver, including speeding, driving while tired, failing to obey traffic laws, or driving while distracted, mechanical failures could also be a reason for the accident. Examples of mechanical failures include improperly maintained trucks, brake failures, or tire blowouts.
After being hit by a commercial truck, it is not only necessary to immediately get the medical attention you need, it is also necessary to get the legal representation you need. Shortly after the accident, a representative from the driver or the trucking company’s insurance company will likely reach out to you to get a recorded statement. These representatives generally sound compassionate and as if they want to help you; however, it is important to remember that these representatives work for the insurance company who want to minimize or deny any pay-outs. What is more, even if the insurance company makes you an offer to compensate you for your injuries, these offers are generally low and made well before you can fully appreciate or understand the extent of your injuries.
If you have been hit by a commercial truck, your focus should be on recovery—not dealing with insurance companies who only want to protect their own interests. Please do not attempt to determine if you have a compensable case. You must consult a relevant liability attorney who has the expertise and extensive knowledge necessary to determine who ultimately caused the harm and injuries you or a loved one suffered. Contact us for a free case evaluation here.