Understanding Your Trucking Accident Lawsuit
Truck accidents are usually more complex than normal auto accidents because there may be a number of defendants. The truck driver may have been responsible for your accident due to reckless driving, distractions, fatigue, or even drugs or alcohol. The trucking company may be partially liable for your accident as they may have knowingly placed an inexperienced driver on the roadways or knowingly allowed the driver to exceed the mandated hours of service. The shipping/loading company may be responsible if the accident was due to poorly secured cargo. The truck maintenance company may be responsible if the truck was not properly maintained. Finally, the manufacturer of the truck or specific truck parts could be held liable if one of those parts were defective
Trucking Accident Injuries are More Severe
Victims of truck accidents are likely to experience extremely high medical expenses and may be unable to return to work for a long while-if ever. Those severely injured in a truck accident may suffer chronic pain and emotional trauma related to the accident. In short, these people need help following their truck accident and they need it quickly. Perhaps even more so than in a "regular" traffic accident involving only passenger vehicles, when a truck accident occurs time is even more of a factor.
In most cases, immediately following the accident, the trucking company will have people on the scene. Crucial evidence may be removed, leaving victims helpless to prove negligence. The person who has a skilled truck accident attorney by their side from the very beginning will be in a much better position than the person who waits, hoping the insurance company will offer them a fair settlement amount.
Act Quickly for Maximum Compensation
The actions you take in the first hours and days following your accident are crucial, especially if you hope to receive the compensation, you deserve for your injuries. The quicker you speak to an attorney about initiating a trucking accident lawsuit, the less likely you are to have to deal with insurance investigators or the trucking company's attorneys who will definitely not have your best interests at heart. Yet, it is important to act quickly, because valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed if you delay.
Lawyers for the trucking company will immediately seek to show you were at fault in the accident, by claiming it was due to: following the truck too closely, traveling in the truck's blind spots, unsafe passing, driving too fast for the posted speed limit or road conditions, merging too closely in front of the truck or inattentive driving. Your lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process and that you are not “railroaded” into accepting a settlement that is far below what you need to fully recover.
Contact Our Denver Trucking Accident Lawyers
When a negligent trucking company or truck driver causes a serious accident, they can and should be held accountable for their negligence. Our Denver trucking accident lawyers have the experience and resources needed to take these large complex cases to trial.