18-wheelers cast imposing figures on American highways, moving goods place to place to keep our economy flowing. But many people don’t feel safe around them, and for good reason: The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes reached 88,000 in 2014, a 21 percent increase from 2013 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Worse yet, pursuing justice after a trucking accident can be a daunting process, as it involves taking action against large trucking companies with commercial insurance policies, as opposed to a car accident with one individual motorist.
Fighting against an insurance company in or out of the courtroom is a huge undertaking, but you don’t have to go it alone. Corporate defendants don’t scare us, and we’re ready to help you. Speak to Ben Crump and his team today.
Truck Accidents Require Special Attention
Trucks carry specialized insurance and are often associated with larger companies. This makes negotiating much more difficult than it would normally be with one person, and one insurance plan.
Insurance companies and local government will likely initiate their own investigations. Your attorney will verify the contents of those investigations, interview witnesses and medical staff, gain access to a truck’s “black box” which provides critical information about the accident, and work to preserve evidence from other investigations.
Involved parties on the truck’s part can include a variety of sources of liability, including:
- Truck owner
- Truck driver
- Trailer owner
- Manufacturer of any truck or trailer components
- Shipping company that sought a deliverer
This list isn’t exhaustive. Because every haul can involve a different trailer, different leasing company, and other varying factors with each route, it can be difficult to navigate liability after a trucking accident. Ben Crump and his team can help clarify who is responsible, and why.
How Can Truck Drivers Be Negligent?
Most often, accidents are the fault of a driver’s negligence. Common forms of negligence include:
- Failing to properly train truck drivers
- Overloading or otherwise poorly packing trucks
- Driving violations like staying on the road for too long
- Past driving or other regulatory violations
Other types of negligence exist as well. Poor manufacturing or design, hiring a truck company that can’t handle the responsibility, or failing to supervise your trucks while they’re on the road are just a few other negligent acts.
There are many facets to a trucking accident, and seeking representation may be right for your situation.
What Can an Attorney Help Me Recover?
The law provides for several specific remedies if you’ve suffered an injury or subsequent damage because of another’s actions. Some damages that can be awarded include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Other types of damages exist. Punitive damages can also be assessed if the driver’s actions were malicious, intentional, or grossly negligent.
Contact Ben Crump Today for Assistance
The massive bulk of a truck comes with a potential to cause significant damage in the event of an accident, resulting in terrible injuries and even loss of life. The property damage alone can be catastrophic, too.
If you’re the victim of a trucking accident, you shouldn’t feel like you aren’t getting justice, or that your compensation fails to meet your needs. But if you do, Mr. Crump is ready to help you today. Contact our offices for a free case evaluation and further assistance today.