Thousands of trucks rumble over our roads and highways every day, hauling a host of goods and, in the process, creating hazards for others. The victims of trucking accidents are entitled to financial compensation which will likely require the services of a personal injury attorney to ensure that they are treated fairly under the law. The trucking accident attorneys at the Law Office of Brian H. Turner are available to evaluate your case to help you determine the best course of action for pursuing justice.
The Risks Posed by Trucks
Although big rigs generally have lower accident rates than other vehicles, the sheer size and weight of large trucks increase the chance of death or catastrophic injury in the event of a crash. This is especially true on freeways or on open roads, where speed only magnifies the issue of mass. An automobile, SUV, pickup truck or motorcycle is no match for a big rig that runs into or rolls over one of these smaller vehicles. The seriousness of trucking accidents is one reason why the victims will often require legal assistance.
Understanding Truck Accidents
Trucks pose risks to others for reasons beyond size and weight. The limited visibility available to a truck driver can make automobiles, motorcycles, and even pedestrians vulnerable under certain circumstances. Bad brakes or tires are major factors in many truck crashes. Additionally, and despite state and federal requirements, truck drivers often work long hours, making them susceptible to fatigue.
What to do After a Trucking Accident
In the event of an accident, the immediate concern should be for those who may have been injured. Even a minor injury may have serious consequences if not properly treated. In the event of a serious accident, it would be wise to notify law enforcement authorities, who will obtain information that could be useful in any subsequent legal proceedings. Victims should also consider seeking the services of our attorneys who have significant experience dealing with trucking accidents.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Attorneys understand civil law principles and the workings of the court system. Since a truck accident may involve several parties, including the driver and perhaps the owner of the vehicle, a lawyer will be needed to examine who may be liable for damages. A lawyer will gather the facts surrounding the crash, perhaps employing expert accident reconstructionists, in order to establish the exact cause.
The Rights of Trucking Accident Victims
Damages may be sought for different reasons including the payment of medical bills, lost wages because the victim was unable to work, pain and suffering, and more. In the event of a catastrophic injury, the victim may require long-term assistance that may be exceptionally costly. Family members may also seek compensation for their emotional pain and suffering related to the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, the insurance provider may attempt to settle for an amount that is less than fair or may even try to shift responsibility for the accident onto someone else in an attempt to reduce damages to little or nothing.
Contact Our Trucking Accident Attorneys
Under the circumstances, a personal injury attorney can be the best advocate for the victim, providing advice throughout the legal process and, if necessary, taking the facts and evidence before a jury for final determination. It is for these and other reasons why the victims of trucking accidents should contact the Law Office of Brian H. Turner for a free consultation to determine the best course of action.