Hurt in a truck accident? Many questions immediately come to mind in the aftermath of this life-altering event. Get straight answers from Mullen & Mullen.
Hit by a semi-truck? You likely have dozens of questions.
See if these aren’t some of them. And hey, you’ll get plain-English (non “lawyer-speak”) answers you can understand too:
- Is a Semi-Truck Accident Different from a Car Accident?
It is in practical and legal terms. Legally, it’s a wildly different situation than a car accident. For one thing, federal regulations and state regulations apply.
For another, the larger weight of a semi-truck usually leads to more vehicle damage and more severe injuries. That means the trucking company and its insurance carrier could be exposed to significant damages. As a result, they’ll argue aggressively to shift the blame to anyone but themselves.
- Who’s Responsible for My Injuries?
That’s a hard question to answer. It could be the company or the driver or both. You may bear partial fault. It could also be the manufacturer of the products being shipped. It could also be a contracted maintenance company.
Identifying all potential liable parties in a trucking accident case is critical. You need to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side to make sure the truly liable parties get held responsible. That means you won’t miss out on money you should get.
- What is a “Commercial Truck?”
A “commercial truck” typically means any truck that’s bigger than a pickup and requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate. That said, however, a pickup truck delivering products to a construction site could very well be covered under a commercial business policy of insurance.
18-wheelers, large delivery trucks (like a UPS or FEDEX truck), and tankers are just a few “commercial trucks”.
- What if The Trucking Company’s Insurer Approaches Me?
Don’t do a thing. Hang up the phone. If they try to meet with you in person, politely refuse. Remember, they do trucking lawsuits 40-50 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, for years on end.
Their only goal is to reduce or eliminate what they’re supposed to pay you. They know it. It’s their job. Don’t trust ‘em – even if they’re nice.
- What Should I Do in the Immediate Moments After a Truck Accident?
Call the police to the scene. They will almost always come to the scene because they know truck accidents cause more damage and severe injuries. It is often imperative to have the investigating officer document the location of involved vehicles and identify potential witnesses.
If you’re too injured to talk to the police, contact 911 immediately but make sure to contact the police as soon as possible. And have your spouse call a lawyer ASAP.
We can’t stress this enough. Trucking companies destroy or alter evidence as soon as they can. That evidence could change how much money you get eventually.
Contacting a lawyer means they can take legal steps that obligate the trucking company to preserve all evidence related to the case. It can also give your lawyer (and any retained experts) the opportunity to inspect vehicle damage as well as to evaluate electronic vehicle data that could be critical to the outcome of your case.
When you do seek a personal injury lawyer, get the best one you can find. Personal injury lawyers only charge fees when you win your case, so money’s not a constraint on the quality of your representation.