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What to do if you’re involved in a large truck accident

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2016 | Firm News, truck accidents

Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there’s a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a professional truck driver, or if a member of your family has been killed in an accident with a semi truck, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible following the accident to determine what, if any, legal recourse is available to you and your family in the wake of this terrible trauma.

Truck drivers present a real risk on the open road

There’s a reason that the Federal government has so many restrictions and rules in place for professional truck drivers, particularly long haul truckers and cross-country drivers. From requiring maintenance checks to mandating breaks and sleep time, these laws are in place to protect truck drivers and the people with whom they share the roads.

Unfortunately, due to employer pressure and other reasons, many truckers may bend or outright violate these safety laws, putting everyone on the road at risk. With the current shortage of professional truck drivers, companies may hire less trained and less qualified individuals, putting other drivers at even higher risk.

Truck accidents can be traumatic and expensive

From the cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle to ongoing medical expenses, which could include surgeries, physical therapy, and even psychological counseling for the trauma experienced in the accident, truck accidents can take a major toll on those involved in them. Especially if there was a fatality resulting for an accident involving a semi truck or eighteen wheeler, your family will need help to overcome the trauma and financial impact.

That’s why it’s so important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident. The worse the injuries, the more critical legal representation becomes.

You need someone looking out for your best interests

Even if you have comprehensive vehicular insurance and medical insurance, there can be a delay in the payment of your medical bills following an accident. Why? Because all those companies want to hold someone else financially responsible.

Working with an attorney not only helps incentivize insurance carriers to pay first and sort the details later, it can help your family explore other forms of recourse, including a civil suit. Trucking accidents are all too common, but your experience is unique. An attorney can help figure out your best way forward following an accident.