Why a Truck Accident Lawyer Is ImportantPosted on: August 5, 2022
Serious accidents call for serious representation.
Here’s why it’s so crucial to work with a dedicated truck accident lawyer.
Most people have gotten into a car accident or two. If you’re lucky, most of them have been “fender benders” without excessive damage or injury. But for some unfortunate drivers, the other vehicle wasn’t a compact sedan, but an 18-wheeler.
Getting into an accident with a semi truck is always a big deal. And serious incidents on the road deserve serious representation.
In this article, we’ll talk about why truck accidents are so different from car accidents, what things you should consider when making your case, and why having a truck accident lawyer is so important to the success of your lawsuit.
Truck Accidents Are Not Like Car Accidents
Truck accidents are so different from car accidents that they truly deserve their own separate category.
For one, accidents involving a semi cause more damages and more severe injuries than those involving cars. When you compare a 3,000-lb. Toyota against a 30,000-lb. (unladen!) semi, it’s obvious which one is going to do more damage.
Secondly, trucking accidents aren’t simply a fight between you and the insurance company. Because of the many different parties involved in shipping cargo from one place to another, there are a lot of entities involved.
Possible liable parties include the:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Company leasing the truck or trailer
- Person or company who loaded the cargo
- Manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or parts
Each of these parties must be carefully examined in order to find the cause of the accident and—ultimately—determine who is responsible.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents
When trying to seek compensation for a trucking accident, the first step is identifying the person or business entity responsible for the crash.
Of course, there are many different incidents that could have been the direct cause of the accident, but most of them can be separated into three categories.
1. Driver Error
A driver of a semi truck (or any vehicle, for that matter) has a duty of care to operate their vehicle responsibly and keep other drivers safe on the road.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while drowsy
- Taking a sharp turn too quickly
2. Equipment Failure
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all commercial vehicles “be in safe and proper operating condition at all times.”
If the truck company was negligent regarding maintenance, their trucks are much more likely to cause an accident.
3. Improperly Loaded Cargo
The very cargo that makes semi trucks so necessary can also cause accidents.
Cargo that is unbalanced, overweight, or unsecured can have a drastic effect on how the vehicle responds on the road. As a result, the truck may overturn, jackknife, or break due to the increased strain on the trailer.
Why a Truck Accident Lawyer Is Important
With so many moving parts (and so much at stake), it’s crucial to work with a dedicated truck accident lawyer.
The average personal injury or car accident attorney who has never handled a truck accident case won’t know what avenues to explore and what details to consider.
For example, trucks that are operated interstate are required to have $1 million in coverage. If your car accident attorney is not familiar with this requirement, you could be losing out on valuable compensation you need to help you recover from your injuries.
The old adage is just as true for the legal industry as it is for any other: You don’t know what you don’t know. But a truck accident lawyer knows.
They know what questions to ask.
They know how important it is to collect evidence quickly.
They know who to contact for expert accident reconstruction.
They know how to build a compelling case.
And—most importantly—they know exactly what your losses are worth.
We have seen time and time again how insurance carriers, trucking companies, and other at-fault parties try to take advantage of the injured victim’s inexperience. Undervaluing and even outright denying claims are far more common than you might think, and it is very difficult to fight against them without the help of an experienced truck accident attorney.
Before coming together as Beers & Gordon, we represented many commercial carriers and know how they operate. We also have been working for victims of these crashes for over 14 years. These crashes require different expertise.
The Stakes Are Higher
You may have heard that you can get a much bigger compensation from a truck accident than a car accident. This is true, however, it’s only true because the stakes are so much higher in a trucking accident.
More severe injuries, more property damage, and greater pain and suffering deserves more compensation in order to make things right.
When an accident raises the stakes, you need to raise your expectations.
At Beers & Gordon, we aren’t just “personal injury” attorneys. With more than 70 years of combined experience, we know the steps to take and questions to ask to give you the best possible resolution to your case.
What’s more, we’re not afraid of litigation, which means you’ll never have to settle for less than you deserve.