Any kind of vehicle accident has the potential to be life altering. But when a person is involved in a truck accident, there’s a good chance the outcome will be even more traumatic. That’s because 18-wheeler accidents introduce a completely new set of circumstances that an attorney must be aware of to give the best legal defense for a client who is a victim of such an accident.
Just like with any other vehicle accident, a truck accident victim can seek compensation for past and future medical expenses, a loss of income and future earning capacity, pain, suffering, disfigurement and other related emotional damages.
However, because the possibility for catastrophic and permanent injuries is more likely in a truck accident, there’s a good chance a settlement will be bigger as well. An attorney specializing in truck accidents will know and understand that there are many components that need to be explored, apart from those in a regular car accident case.
Because a truck driver is a professional driver, they must undergo specific training and adhere to an additional set of safety regulations. For example, to prevent fatigue, the number of hours a truck driver can operate in a single day is tightly regulated. And in an accident, while a driver may be a fault, an attorney may also be able to dig into the parent company’s records to see whether or not regulations were being met on a consistent basis. If any discrepancies are found, the company itself can be cited and sued for negligence.
One of the keys to successfully winning damages in a claim is to retain an attorney as early on as possible. This is critical to evidence being preserved and the victim having a professional voice to stand up for them against the truck driver’s parent and insurance company. An attorney can keep a victim from making a costly mistake that could jeopardize their claim.
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