If you noticed an increase in reports of truck accidents lately, there is a good reason. They are on the rise. Wyoming is the second most dangerous state when it comes to fatalities caused by truck accidents with a rate almost four times the national average. Those are scary numbers, but they are even worse if you are one of the unfortunate people involved in a crash with a semi.
Passenger vehicles hit by tractor trailers rarely come out on top. And, the drivers and passengers often sustain major injuries due to accidents which were not their fault. A peaceful Sunday drive can quickly become a nightmare and result in expensive bills, missed work, and months long discomfort due to physical injuries and mental anguish.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident, it is imperative that you hire a qualified attorney to represent you. You need an experienced advocate who is knowledgeable about local laws and liability. And, you need to move quickly. Evidence at the scene of an accident does not last forever, and you need representation to ensure it is collected properly, preserved, and is used to help you recover any damages which resulted from your accident.
As the victim of an accident, you can be entitled to significant damages depending on the nature of your claim. Compensation can include amounts for the following:
If someone you love tragically died in the accident your family may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. Contact an attorney to discuss your case and see if your situation qualifies for this compensation.
The amount of compensation will be dependent on the details of your individual case.
There are many potential responsible parties in an accident involving a commercial driver. Most trucks are operated by large companies who can be liable for the condition of their vehicles and the actions of their drivers. An experienced truck accident attorney will evaluate all the following for potential responsibility:
The Commercial Driver
By law, commercial drivers are held to higher standards than most others on the road and are required to hold special licenses and keep specific documentation recording how many hours they have been on the road.
The Commercial Driver’s Employer
Whether the driver’s employer owns the cab and trailer or not, they can be held responsible for the actions of their employees.
The Owners of the Trailer and Cab
Sometimes one person owns the cab and another owns the trailer. Depending on the details of the accident, one or both can be liable for damages.
Vehicle Manufacturers and Service Companies
If the accident is found to have been caused by a failure in a mechanical system, or negligent maintenance, the companies responsible can be held liable for damages.
Although deciding who is responsible can be complicated, you won’t have to worry. Your attorney will aggressively investigate the accident and represent your interests while you physically and emotionally recover from the incident.
Truck accidents can be catastrophic and change your life forever. They are also complicated cases requiring experience in the field to recover damages owed to the victim. If you have been in an accident, don’t hesitate. Contact a truck accident attorney today.