Did You Know?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year about 130,000 individuals are injured in truck collisions. 98% of accidents involving a semi-truck result in at least one fatality and tractor-trailer accidents cost Americans more than $20 billion each year. Nearly 90% of commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error, with driver fatigue responsible for 30% of all commercial truck accidents. If you are involved in a big truck accident, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your rights.
Commercial vehicles used for interstate commerce are governed by Federal Department of Transportation Regulations. This is very important to a big truck or 18-wheeler case because violations can amplify the amount of damages you are entitled to and also bolster your case on liability. Regulations range from issues such as inspections and timing of repairs, to log book requirements, driver requirements, and more. Knowing these regulations can determine if you receive compensation for your injury claim.
Getting Compensation for an Accident
If you or a loved one is involved in a big truck accident, you may be entitled to a variety of types of compensation, both economic and non-economic. Economic compensation refers to monetary losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. Non-economic compensation refers to non-monetary losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. An experienced attorney can file a lawsuit to fight for these compensations. Types of lawsuits available include negligence suits, product liability suits, and wrongful death suits. The advice of knowledgeable attorneys can be invaluable when evaluating what type of suit is right for your situation.
Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Benefits
Trucking companies have a specific protocol in place for accident claims. Immediately after a collision, the trucking company and insurance company will begin an investigation, and their procedures are designed to limit the recuperation of those injured in the crash. You should immediately take your own photographs and notes and collect information from witnesses. An investigation by State authorities may help your claim, and hiring a skilled attorney right away will ensure your interests are considered.
Moore Law Firm’s Experience
Since 1985, Moore Law Firm has worked on behalf of over 12,000 injury victims and their families. The firm has won numerous cases for their clients, ultimately resulting in repeated five-star reviews. If you or a loved one was in an accident involving a big truck, protect yourself and your rights by calling Moore Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.