Any accident on the road can be a traumatic and devastating experience for those involved. No matter the size of the vehicle or the extent of the damages, car accidents are scary situations and the process of filing a claim is often arduous.
But when it comes to truck accidents, the claim filing process tends to be trickier. In this article, we will investigate how truck accidents differ from car accidents and why these differences lead to increased complexity in truck accident cases.
How Are Truck Accident Cases Different from Car Accident Cases?
Basically, the differences inherent in pursuing truck accident claims comes down to two main issues:
- Size of the Vehicle. It goes without saying, but trucks are much larger vehicles than cars. This means that the damage inflicted during a truck accident is often much more significant than the damage that occurs after a car accident. Thus, truck accident cases tend to have more damage and many more victims involved, which in itself leads to a more difficult case.
- Complicating the matter even further is the fact that truck injury cases involve multiple parties that may be liable wholly or in part for the accident. For instance, the truck driver may be liable for the accident due to improper driving practices. However, the owner of the truck may not have made necessary repairs, the loading company may have practiced unsafe loading practices, or a manufacturer of the truck’s parts may not have disclosed a flaw in the design of the truck. Any or all of these individuals may bear some responsibility for the accident, and it takes a thorough investigation to determine who was at fault.
Furthermore, insurance companies from all of the different interested parties have financial incentive to close the case as quickly as possible. With multiple insurance companies all potentially pressuring victims to sign away their rights, navigating these cases without the help of an experienced lawyer can be a nightmare.
How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?
A good truck accident lawyer will do all of the following:
- Ensure that your medical needs are addressed. Your lawyer will encourage you to seek medical attention after your truck accident. This physician evaluation will not only address any injuries you may have suffered, the documentation from the evaluation could potentially be useful, should your case need to go to court.
- Negotiate with the insurance companies. As was discussed in the previous section, insurance representatives can be relentless in truck accident cases. Your lawyer will deal with these individuals and advise you on who to talk to, what to sign, and any other details in your case.
- Get you the money you deserve. As a victim of a truck accident, you may be entitled to a large settlement, depending on the extent of your injuries and other considerations. But whether your case is worth a lot or a little, your lawyer will fight for you to make sure you get every penny you deserve.