Truck accidents can be particularly devastating in terms of the injuries they cause. The size and force of a truck, along with the materials of the vehicle as well as its load, can wreak havoc on everything in its path when an incident occurs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, an estimated 11% of all motor traffic fatalities in 2008 involved large trucks that weighted over 10,000 pounds. Even though much progress has been made to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicles accidents throughout our nation, thousands of people still suffer injuries on a yearly basis.
The causes of truck accidents are commonly related to a fatigued driver, driver negligence, insufficient report or maintenance, mechanical failure or other reasons. The exact cause of your accident will determine against whom you would file suit, and compensation may cover medical bills, lost income, decreased earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. As the victim of a truck accident, you do have rights. We can advise you of these and fight on your behalf to see that they are protected.
INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR TRUCK ACCIDENTS
The majority of fatal truck accidents occur during the daytime. Many drivers ignore the limits for driving hours in order to log a certain number of hours by a certain date, and this leads to driver fatigue. By investigating the truck driver's logbook, your attorney may be able to file a claim against the driver or against the trucking company. It is vitally important that you do not discuss your case with a commercial truck insurance adjuster because it is their job to get information that will reduce your compensation. It is the goal of insurance companies to make a profit and lower settlements, and your best chance at recovering the financial compensation you need is with the help of a skilled attorney.