When a person gets behind the wheel of a large truck, he or she takes on a great deal of responsibility to the other drivers on the road. Tractor trailers and other trucks are massive and very heavy compared to a regular passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, this means that the injuries that can result from an accident with a truck are substantially greater.
Protecting those on the road from truck accident injuries is so important that truck drivers are regulated by state and federal laws that do not apply to ordinary drivers. If a truck driver causes injury to another person and was not following these rules, the victim is entitled to be compensated for their injuries and losses. If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, the team of personal injury attorneys at Fielding Law are standing by to help.
While car accidents and truck accidents both involve motor vehicles, that’s about all they have in common. Truck accident claims, in particular, differ in the way that other motor vehicle claims are handled from a legal standpoint.
Trucking is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country, with an entire title in the United States Code of Laws dedicated to regulation of the profession. Truck drivers are subject to laws such as:
Licensing requirements. A standard license is insufficient to operate a large truck. Instead, truck drivers must go through special training to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Alcohol and drugs. While no person is allowed to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, states maintain a small level of blood alcohol content (BAC) that is still legal to drive with. Truck drivers, however, are subject to much more stringent guidelines.
Break requirements. Driver fatigue continues to be one of the top causes of accidents involving trucks. To try to curb this cause, regulations are in place placing a limit on the amount of time that a trucker can drive in a day, and mandate 10 hours off-duty per day.
Truck accidents also differ from ordinary car accidents because of the defendants involved. In a normal car accident, the only person that is generally named as a defendant is the at-fault driver. With a truck accident, however, multiple parties can be named as a defendant—even some that you may have never thought of. Potential defendants in a truck accident claim include:
When seeking out a personal injury attorney to assist you with your truck accident claim, it’s important to select an attorney who has the knowledge and experience necessary to take on such a case. Be very picky when choosing a personal injury attorney to take on your truck accident claim, as these cases are far more complicated and have many more moving parts than an ordinary car accident case.
Property damage. Vehicles that were involved in a truck accident are rarely driveable following the crash. Compensation from a personal injury claim can help you repair your car or purchase a new one if your car was totaled in the accident.
Medical bills. Due to the devastating injuries a person can face after a truck accident, medical bills can quickly leave a victim drowning in debt. A personal injury claim can provide for compensation to offset the costs of hospital bills, surgical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and costs of medication and medical equipment.
Lost wages. After being involved in a truck accident, a person will often need to take a substantial amount of time off work to recover from their injuries. A personal injury claim can compensate a person for the earnings they were not able to receive due to a temporary or permanent inability to work. In cases where a person is unable to return to work, he or she may be able to recover damages for lost earning capacity.
Physical pain. A truck accident can leave a person suffering with devastating injuries. Although you can’t put a price on the agony that a person has experienced at the hands of a negligent truck driver, a personal injury claim can attempt to compensate a person for the pain they suffered.
Emotional trauma. The pain that a person suffers in a truck accident extends far beyond the physical. If you are suffering from emotional repercussions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or insomnia following your accident, a personal injury claim may be able to provide compensation for the suffering you are experiencing.
While there is no magic formula that you can use to predict the amount of compensation you could be awarded, an experienced attorney can help you get an idea of what you could receive.
After you’ve been involved in a truck accident, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll hear from an insurance company, whether it be your own company or that of the at-fault driver. While the representative at the insurance company may make you feel like you’re the company’s top priority, this is not the case. It’s important to keep a few things in mind when dealing with an insurance company, whether it be the at-fault driver’s company or your own.
Following an accident involving a tractor trailer or other large truck, it’s critical to seek the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney who has experience with truck accident cases as soon as possible. As stated above, truck accident cases are a different beast in the world of personal injury law, and should only be handled by an attorney who has the experience and background necessary to maximize your chances of obtaining a settlement award or jury verdict that is in your favor.
When you choose an attorney from Fielding Law to help you with your truck accident claim, you can rest easy knowing that your claim is in good hands. Our goal is to take the stress of a personal injury case off your plate and allow you the time and energy you need to heal as fully as possible from your accident. That’s why we communicate with the trucking insurance company on your behalf, negotiate settlement offers, and, if necessary, file a personal injury lawsuit. With the vast majority of truck accident cases being settled by experienced personal injury attorneys, however, there’s a good chance you won’t ever have to see the inside of a courtroom.
We understand that truck accidents don’t operate on a nine-to-five basis, so our firm doesn’t either. Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you about your accident and help you obtain the answers you have about a potential personal injury claim.
If you’re suffering the aftermath of a truck or semi-truck accident in Mesquite, Texas or Salt Lake City, Utah, the team of personal injury attorneys at Fielding Law are standing by to speak with you about your accident and provide the quality representation you need and deserve in order to obtain as favorable an outcome as possible.
Our legal team understands that after a truck accident, you don’t have the time or energy to think about a personal injury claim—that’s why we take the burden off of your shoulders and perform the legwork needed to obtain the compensation you deserve. When you entrust your case to a Fielding Law attorney, you can leave the work to us and focus on what’s most important after a truck accident—healing. Our consultations are absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose by speaking to an attorney about your accident. Don’t wait until it is too late to obtain the justice you deserve for the accident you never should have been involved in; to speak with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or give us a call today.
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“Michael and Mitchell are both excellent attorneys who know the ins and outs of personal injury law. And they are dedicated to their clients. They listen, answer questions and take the extra steps necessary to maximize the value of your claim. I would recommend Fielding Law to anyone.” -MATT MARTINEZ