An 18-wheeler accident often results in the severe injury of drivers in smaller vehicles. If you were injured in a semi-truck collision, you may be feeling afraid and confused about how to proceed. Uncertainty in the aftermath of a truck accident can be overwhelming, but don’t fret — we’ve answered your most urgent questions. For further assistance, contact our team of attorneys.
How are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
Car accident cases (with the exception of multi-vehicle collisions or passenger injuries) typically involve two parties. In a truck accident, the presence of an additional party — the trucking company — can affect a claim. Trucking companies often have access to advanced legal representation, and therefore can tenaciously defend their drivers in a collision case. Car accident cases are generally more level because each driver is working with their insurance company and a private attorney only.
Who is Liable for Semi-Truck Accidents?
Although trucking companies can provide more robust representation to their drivers, they also present another party that can be liable for the damages. In addition, the fault for a truck accident may be able to be attributed to vehicle manufacturers, maintenance staff, safety inspectors, and other parties who are responsible for the upkeep of the truck.
What Evidence is Used in a Truck Collision Case?
Under state and federal regulatory laws, 18-wheeler drivers and their employers are required to maintain comprehensive records of repairs, driving time, and more. These records provide substantial evidence in accident cases — for example, a trip log that exhibits long hours of driving can be used to demonstrate driver fatigue. Attorneys can also access GPS data, black box information, and witness accounts to build a case.
What are the Damages I Can Recover in an 18-Wheeler Collision Case?
Semi-truck accidents often result in severe injuries that may require numerous doctor visits, surgery, medication, physical therapy and rehabilitation to treat. The cost of recovering from a truck collision can be significant, and pursuing legal action can result in compensation for those medical bills.
Additionally, an 18-wheeler accident victim may be able to be compensated for travel expenses, lost wages, and other financial damages, as well as non-economic costs such as pain and suffering.
Should I Hire an Attorney to Help with my Truck Accident Case?
Yes. In the aftermath of an accident, the truck driver will have the resources of their employer on their side. With the help of the experienced lawyers at Bandas Law Firm, P.C., you can fight against the trucking company’s team and recover the compensation you are entitled to.To schedule a free consultation with our team, use our contact form or call (361) 238-2789.