As large as today’s truck are, even a relatively low impact collision with a truck can lead to serious injuries and even death. A typical fully loaded commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, whereas the typical passenger vehicle weighs only 3000 pounds.
Injuries caused in a truck accident can be catastrophic. An accident with a truck can result in spinal injuries, neck injuries, and even death. Furthermore, lost wages, pain and suffering, and crushing medical bills can have a devastating impact on you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, one of the biggest questions you may have is what your truck accident injury claim is worth? The only honest answer to this question that anyone can give you is, “it depends”.
There are many variables that come into play in a truck accident that will affect the value of a truck accident injury claim. Some of these factors are:
Whether or not the truck driver was fatigued at the time of the accident
Whether or not the truck was mechanically safe to be on the road
Whether or not the truck driver was speeding at the time of the accident
Whether or not the driver was properly licensed
Whether or not the trucking company was negligent in hiring the truck driver
Your attorney will want to have a look at the driver’s log to determine how long the driver had been behind the wheel. The driver’s log will also show when the last safety inspection was performed on the truck. What’s more, the driver’s log can be used as evidence that the driver was speeding between his last stop and where the accident occurred.
An inexperienced truck driver can be a hazard to everyone on the road, so your attorney will also want to inspect the driver’s employment file and driving record, and make sure that the driver was properly licensed to drive the truck. If the driver has a questionable driving history or wasn’t properly licensed to drive the truck, the trucking company can be held liable for being negligent in hiring and retaining the driver.
Determining who is liable for a truck accident can be complicated. The driver of the truck, the trucking company, the maintenance company, and/or the manufacturer can all be held liable for your injuries.
Injured parties often make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced lawyer to handle their truck accident injury claim. However, only an experienced truck accident lawyer to help you successfully navigate the complexities of a truck accident injury claim.
An experienced truck accident lawyer can determine who is at fault for your injuries and against whom you should bring a lawsuit. He or she will also be able to properly assess the value of your truck accident injury claim and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
For assistance locating a qualified and experienced truck accident lawyer in your area, call The Hayes Firm: Attorney Finding Service at 1-800-603-6833, or contact us here to arrange a free consultation.