Accidents involving large commercial trucks frequently cause catastrophic injuries and sometimes even the victim’s untimely demise because of the weight and size of the vehicles involved. Issues involving commercial vehicles and trucking firms are quite complicated.
It’s not just the truck driver and the trucking company that could be at fault; there are often many more businesses involved in the shipment’s delivery who could share liability. When the companies begin finger-pointing to shift blame, it can create complications and delays in your case.
To best protect yourself after a trucking crash, it’s important to work with a truck accident injury lawyer. The team at Triumph Law understands the complex nature of these claims. We can advise you on the best course of action and fight to help you maximize your compensation.
When Should I See a Lawyer for a Truck Accident?
Keep in mind that it is always good to see an attorney after a crash. The initial appointment is typically free, and a personal injury firm will be pleased to assist. However, the sooner you reach out, the sooner the lawyer can protect your rights and claim.
The trucking company’s lawyers will begin work as soon as an accident occurs. Even before you leave the hospital, they will seek options to minimize liability. This can put your claim in jeopardy. You can protect your rights with a quick call to an attorney.
Your lawyer can begin preserving evidence by collecting driver logs, evidence from the scene, or EDR data. We may also send a spoliation letter to remind the other party that evidence tampering is against the law. This lets the other party know you are serious and have obtained legal counsel.
Truck Accidents Are Usually Preventable
Most commercial vehicle accidents occur because of fatigued, reckless, inadequately trained, or distracted truck drivers who are employed by organizations that lack the safety procedures mandated by the FMCSA.
When truckers, cargo loaders, trucking companies, or other parties fail to observe the standards of safety, they can be held financially responsible for any resulting accidents.
Most collisions involving commercial vehicles could have been avoided. If you aren’t sure about the parties at fault in your claim, a truck accident lawyer can perform a complete evaluation to determine all sources of liability in your case.
Many Truck Accidents Are Caused By Negligence
Since every truck accident is different, the specifics of each case vary. Here are just a few of the most prominent factors that lead to truck crashes that we may be able to help you claim:
Distracted Driving or Fatigued Driving
Driving while distracted is a concern for all motorists. While many of us juggle multiple projects at once, doing so while behind the wheel is dangerous. Just like other motorists, truck drivers may drive while talking or texting, adjusting the GPS, or changing the radio station.
However, truck drivers face a unique risk due to fatigue. They are often on the road for 11 hours a day if they follow the law. Unfortunately, many truckers are pressured to spend far more time behind the wheel to meet unrealistic delivery time frames.
Many truck collisions are brought on by drivers who were going too fast for the road and weather conditions. Truck drivers and their employers have the incentive to speed up delivery times so that they can move on to the next load.
Truck drivers who are pressed for time may exceed safe speed limits or travel faster than the road conditions allow.
Driving While Impaired or DUI
Similar to other vehicle-related accidents, impaired driving can play a role in truck accidents. Both legal and illicit drugs can impair a truck driver’s ability to drive safely. Alcohol and certain drugs can produce sleepiness, delay reaction time or cause reckless driving.
Undertrained or Unqualified Drivers
Many truck accidents occur because trucking companies hire drivers who are not qualified to operate their vehicles. Because of a severe lack of drivers, the trucking company may forgo doing extensive background checks to ascertain the applicant’s suitability as a safe driver.
It’s also possible that the trucking company skimps on driver training, sending mostly novice drivers out onto the road unprepared. A truck accident attorney can delve into the truck driver’s background and the trucking company’s hiring practices to determine if they can be held liable.
Faulty Parts or Inadequate Maintenance
Accidents can be caused by trucks that have not been properly maintained, such as those with faulty brakes, tires, or other mechanical parts. Intensive inspections must be conducted regularly to operate these mammoth vehicles safely.
When companies cut corners or do not submit their vehicles for safety inspections, trucking companies, maintenance providers, or the manufacturer of defective parts could be held liable.
You may be unaware of the many factors that could be at play in a truck collision. Seeking help from a trucking accident injury attorney can help you make the best decisions possible to achieve a successful outcome.
Common Injuries We Claim After Truck Collisions
If you aren’t evaluated immediately, you may require emergency medical treatment hours or even days after the incident. You should get checked out by a doctor because it is possible to have delayed onset injuries.
Keep records of what you spend on medical expenses and make notes on how you are feeling following the accident if you can. You can secure your claim more effectively if you keep detailed records of the costs, anguish, and disruption to your life caused by the accident.
Some of the most common injuries our truck accident lawyers help with include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding, organ damage
With our assistance, patients with few medical treatment alternatives will have a better chance of receiving prompt, appropriate care for their injuries. Triumph Law can also assist in arranging for clients to speak with third-party lenders if they are seeking additional income for living or personal costs.
Learn More About Your Claim By Contacting a Truck Accident Injury Law Firm Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, finding an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is crucial. Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and have long-lasting effects on the lives of those involved.
However, you have the right to be compensated. You can pursue compensatory damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses with help from a personal injury lawyer.
The Triumph Law Firm can help you through the complicated legal process and help you understand your rights. We always fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. You have nothing to lose by contacting us to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your case.
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