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Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyer

With tens of thousands of commercial trucks on the roads transporting goods daily, the chance of being affected by a truck-related accident has increased. Over the years, registered tractor-trailers have increased dramatically across the country. Accidents involving semi-trucks have also increased significantly. Research shows that since 2016, the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents has increased by 5%. The rising number of accidents has made truck accident lawyers a necessity. Anyone involved in a truck accident can hire a truck accident lawyer.

You'll need to hire an experienced truck wreck lawyer to know what went wrong in an accident.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Several things can cause the disaster, such as:

  • intoxicated driving
  • high speed
  • fatigue
  • distraction by a cell phone
  • or a mechanical failure, primarily if the truck had not been adequately serviced.

Reckless Driving

Many drivers don't give themselves enough room to stop. Icy roads, for instance, increase the probability of a truck getting into an accident, especially when combined with other drivers' negligence.

Unreasonable Business Delivery Requirements

If a delivery timetable is aggressive, the truck driver will be more susceptible to causing accidents. Nobody should ever have to deal with several tons of steel sliding along a slippery road at high speed. Truck drivers should be especially cautious and observant.

Poorly Constructed or Maintained Streets and Highways

The city or state in charge of building or maintaining a road or highway is liable for accidents if a hazard exists because it is poorly constructed.

Mechanical Breakdown

If the brakes or other safety measures stop working, either the owner neglected to implement a reliable maintenance schedule or the maintenance contractors erred. Driver weariness might also cause accidents involving trucks.

Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

If you were injured in a truck accident, you'd probably be in shock, so you'll be unsure what steps to take next. A truck wreck lawyer:

  • can investigate the crash
  • conduct interviews with witnesses
  • gather evidence
  • negotiate with insurance companies
  • and even represent you in court where necessary.

Hiring a truck accident lawyer is the best approach to handle a lawsuit involving a truck accident that wasn't your fault. But, simultaneously, you focus on healing or caring for any injured loved one.

Truck accidents often require the expertise of a traffic reconstructionist to determine their causes. A skilled trucking accident attorney will work with credible accident reconstruction experts to determine what went wrong.

For instance, the truck wreck lawyer will obtain the truck driver's cell phone records to determine if they were using it while driving. The experts will also review the driver's log and the toll receipts to see if the driver was fatigued from going for an extended time. Each truck's service record is also examined to ensure the transportation firm has maintained routine inspections of the truck's brakes and other safety features.

How Much Does a Truck Accident Lawyer Cost?

We work on a contingency basis for premises liability, personal injury, and wrongful death. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas such as:

How To Deal With Insurance Companies

Since large trucks inflict more severe damage than passenger vehicles, the law mandates that they carry liability insurance significantly higher than that needed for cars. After an accident, you should be prepared for the insurance company to contact you. In most cases, an accident victim must negotiate with multiple insurance firms before receiving compensation. These insurance companies may represent the truck driver, the trucking business, or the cargo shipper.

Insurance Companies Look Out For Their Bottom Line

You need to understand that the purpose of the insurance agent is to safeguard their profits and costs. As such, do not be fooled by the adjuster's kind tone. Insurance companies also employ tactics to get you to admit fault. To avoid making a remark that could be used against you, it is crucial to have a trucking accident attorney represent you.  Remember, the longer you wait to get in touch with a truck accident lawyer, the more challenging it will be to collect and preserve evidence.

Liability Assessment in a Truck Accident Case

Truck accident cases are typically more complicated than vehicle-to-vehicle crash cases. In a case involving a truck accident, potential defendants could include, but are not limited to:

  • The truck driver
  • Transport company
  • The shipping companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Public authorities

So, what if the truck driver worked under an independent contract with the trucking company? All commercial trucks operating on U.S. roads are subject to regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

In other situations, something in the truck might have broken while being shipped and caused the collision. That could mean that the truck's maker is responsible for whatever went wrong. Again, a lawyer specializing in vehicle accidents can help you identify all liable parties and launch a case against them.

Building a Compelling Case

An attorney specializing in cases involving truck accidents can handle legal matters so you can heal. They'll take the process of filing claims with the insurance company or arguing your case in court. The attorney specializing in truck accidents will investigate your case and gather evidence, including:

  • police reports
  • footage or photographs were taken at the scene of the accident
  • data from the truck's system
  • and eyewitness testimony from the scene.

In addition to any records demonstrating loss, you should compile all medical bills and other expenses associated with the injury. You'll need to allow your truck accident lawyer to handle all the negotiations to secure a fair settlement. The trucking accident attorney will also propose court proceedings if the insurance companies are unwilling to reach a settlement agreement.

How to Demonstrate Innocence in a Truck Wreck

You'll need to demonstrate your innocence even when you are sure the accident wasn't your fault. A truck accident victim, therefore, must demonstrate the following:

  1. They were entitled to an expectation that the truck driver would operate the vehicle sensibly and safely.
  2. That duty of care was broken or violated by the truck driver.
  3. That carelessness brought them or a loved one harm.
  4. The resultant wounds caused losses and damage for them or their loved ones.

What Types of Damages Can I Be Awarded in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

The damages you can be awarded in a personal injury case can be classified as either economic or non-economic. Economic damages can be:

  • monetary damages
  • medical costs
  • lost wages
  • and property damage.

Non-economic damages might include:

  • discomfort
  • mental suffering
  • loss of enjoyment from past activities
  • and loss of companionship.

Contact John M. McCabe Law Today

If you or your loved ones have been involved in a truck-related accident, you should get a trucking accident attorney first. Contact us today to get started on your claim.

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