August 25, 2016
Trucking Accidents Involve Complex Legal Issues
Drivers who are injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer, or other commercial truck may encounter a difficult time when trying to settle their case alone. However, accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and commercial trucks are more complicated than normal personal injury claims for several reasons.
Do you know all of the damages you are entitled to?
Injuries from these accidents are often severe and can extend recovery time for the victim. Additionally, many people don’t realize that the law provides for additional compensation beyond medical bills you incur from an accident, such as reimbursement for lost wages, future health treatment, and pain and suffering. These claims require documentation that can become overwhelming for the accident victim.
Should you trust an insurance lawyer who investigated your accident?
Unknown to most victims of semi accidents, the large trucking companies keep lawyers on retainer in each state to begin investigating and building their case against the accident victims within hours of the crash. By having lawyers handle the investigation, companies may try to bury unfavorable results of the investigation.
Federal and State Laws and Regulations
The laws involving truckers may vary from state to state and you need a lawyer familiar with both local and Federal laws and regulations for truckers. Because truck drivers are trained to deny liability, keep their mouths shut and have a cadre of defense lawyers on call and ready to help them, it is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer to investigate your claim.
To be effective in a trucking accident case, a lawyer must be able to navigate the federal trucking regulations commercial truck drivers must follow. For instance, there are rules about driver licensing, the number of hours of operation, amount of loads permitted, number of days a driver can work, how vehicle inspections are to be done and where semi-trucks are allowed to drive.
These laws are administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Department of Transportation. To hold the driver and his insurance responsible, your attorney must have knowledge of these rules.
Your claim is stronger and more likely to be successful with an experienced lawyer.
An experienced lawyer knows how to check for specific compliance, obtain GPS data and travel information, and find prior violations and infractions by a driver or trucking company. and develop a stronger claim for damages in a personal injury case.
Checking specific compliance with every regulation can establish the full scope of liability in a truck accident. Past or present violations and infractions of infractions by trucking companies and their drivers provide ammunition for a personal injury case. An experienced lawyer will know how to check for specific compliance with regulations can ensure that an injury victim can demonstrate the negligence of the truck driver or commercial trucking company and get the victim paid for his personal injuries.
It is critical to protect your rights, especially if you are a victim of a trucking accident.
The world of personal injury insurance claims is growing more and more complex. Trucking cases are no exception. To deal with the complexity it is a good idea to retain a personal injury attorney to represent you and make sure that your rights are protected.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a semi-truck, Whitener Law Firm is here to help you. We have the experience you need to get you the money you deserve.
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