Truck drivers often have insurance policies that go well into the millions. Additionally, there is often more than one party that can be held responsible for the crash and paying for your injuries. Having a lawyer at your side quickly will help to ensure your case is handled in the most effective manner and that the compensation you receive is maximized. An attorney has the ability to ensure that all possible parties and insurance policies are identified and put-on notice of your claim.
Been in a Big Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one have been in a crash involving a tractor trailer, retaining an attorney is essential. Because tractor trailer wrecks are often more severe than car wrecks, the accident scene is usually more chaotic and confusing. More people are involved, additional law enforcement is called to the scene, and added emergency personnel will arrive.
Just as you would in any accident, first check on yourself and then the safety of your passengers and any other people involved in the wreck. Then, if possible, make sure you gather as much information as you can. Ask for witnesses’ names, get their contact information, and of course, take lots of pictures and videos of the scene. In the confusion, police might miss something. Photographing and recording the scene can help ensure that anything the police may miss gets documented.
Leading Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents?
- Inexperienced or poorly trained Drivers
- Driver Error
- Driver Fatigue
- Distracted Driving
- Poorly Maintained Trucks
- Equipment Failure
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
- Overloaded Trailers
Commercial trucks (or ‘tractor trailers’) often weigh tens of thousands of pounds and travel at high speeds. They travel thousands of miles on a weekly basis and are prone to more wear and tear. They carry large shipments of often dangerous cargo that may not be properly secured. On top of these risky conditions, truck drivers have a financial incentive to drive further and for longer periods of time without rest. They are prone to fatigue and subject to distractions. These factors make for a dangerous combination on the roads for everyday drivers.
Due to the considerable variables involved in big truck accidents combined with the substantial resources trucking companies and their insurance teams have, if you or someone you know has been in a truck accident, getting a free consultation and case evaluation is a must.
Who is Responsible for My Truck Accident?
There are a number of parties who may be liable for your injuries and damages. As a result, it is common for them all to deny coverage and try to point the blame at each other. However, they could all potentially be liable. The liable parties can include the following:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Owner of the truck
- Owner of the trailer
- Company leasing the truck
- Company leasing the trailer
- The delivery service who ordered the shipment
- Truck manufacturer
How Will an Attorney Help Me?
At Teston & Burruss, not only are our accident lawyers familiar with the different tactics used by insurance companies to reduce the compensation amount you deserve, but we are experienced in investigating every aspect of a case. The trucking company and their insurance company will start an investigation aimed at limiting their liability and placing the blame on someone else. They get to work immediately. You need an attorney that will do the same. Once you retain Teston & Burruss, we get to work instantly to protect your rights and ensure that justice is served.