When you are injured in any vehicular accident, it’s not only traumatic, it’s frustrating and heartbreaking. You might have months or even years of medical bills, therapy and recovery ahead of you. You have lost out on your ability to hold down meaningful employment but you don’t know where to turn to get compensated for your injuries. Learn why truck accident damages can be so difficult to pursue, what you are entitled to recover and how a trucking law attorney can help.
Truck Accident Damages
While truck accidents only form about 3% of overall vehicular accidents across the nation, incidents of major trucking accidents have gone up by a whopping 20% over the past two decades. When an accident does involve a truck, the damages tend to be very extensive due to the sheer mass and size of the big rig involved. That means that the potential for major injury and even death is vast.
Murky Waters of Blame
When you’re in an accident with another automobile, it generally comes down to the two drivers or the private party responsible for causing the incident. With a big rig, you’re dealing with a commercial accident. This means that the blame transfers to a lot of different potential entities. Consider just a few of the parties that bear some responsibility for every trucking shipment:
- Truck Driver
- Cargo company
- Loading company
- Truck owner
- Shipping company
- Truck parts manufacturer
You can see that it can become tricky to determine who, if any, of the above are responsible and to what degree. To make matters worse, each of the above will likely have their own insurance policy. What you end up with is a bunch of different people arguing over whose fault it is and who has to pay out for the damages.
The Problem of Contractors
In the past, trucking companies often tried to remove themselves entirely from the equation by claiming that the truck driver, as an independent contractor, wasn’t truly an employee and thus the company couldn’t be held responsible. The good news is, current laws no longer allow this shift of blame—which isn’t to say that companies won’t still try it.
Trucking Accident Lawyers
Because there are so many people involved, none of whom are going to be eager to pay out the sheer damages suffered, a lawyer can be your best ally in getting paid for the injuries you suffered. Attorneys know how to cut through the murk and settle your claim, getting you coverage for your medical bills, recovery, wages, future potential, lost relationships, pain and suffering, emotional damages and more.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, don’t sign anything, don’t go it alone and don’t take it lying down. Read a bit more about the details of trucking accidents and get in touch with our office for more information and to talk about your case today.