There are all types of accidents, but the collision with a truck can be very different from a crash with a car or motorcycle. Any minute is of the essence.
An expert should download the “black box” information from the truck to determine the speed and when the breaks were applied. Many enterprises especially truck companies have installed video surveillance that can also be requested. Trucking companies are only required to maintain documents like trip receipts for a short period, which can be difficult when you are building a case. The attorney must request all the evidence from that driver related to the trip be maintained.
The important thing is that a semi-truck can cause a lot of damage, much more than an average vehicle. Further, there is a chance for higher compensation for a trucking accident than you would receive in a crash with a passenger vehicle. Semi-truck are almost certainly covered with one or more commercial liability insurance policies.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) requires that semi-trucks carry commercial carrier insurance so that there is money available to offer compensation for a trucking accident. It is not unusual to find commercial carrier insurance policies for $1 million or more.
These policies are entirely different than a regular passenger vehicle. It’s essential that you work with experienced accident attorney who can advise you and get you fair compensation for a trucking accident.
There are the couple of factors that can vastly change your compensation level:
- Sustained injuries
- Medical treatment
- The economic damages sustained
- Lost wages
- Lost Future earning capacity
- Emotional trauma and Post-Traumatic stress disorder
- Lost of companionship (Also known as loss of consortium)
We at Schenk Podolsky Attorneys at Law care about the case, so there is no same case for us. Truck accident cases are unique because you can sue a corporation that hired a driver, the broker that arranged the trip, and even the shipper of the goods being transported, under certain circumstances.
If you go to trial you cannot tell the jury is there an insurance company protecting the driver. The board is not supposed to consider the effect of a verdict on a person’s financial situation, cause if they chose to return a high verdict, there is a chance that they fill financially cripple the defendant.
That’s why there is lower compensation for a car accident than in the case involving the truck. Also, let’s not forget that semi-truck drivers have different regulations.
A truck driver has to follow service regulations to prevent fatigued driving, and are subject to immediately post-accident drug and alcohol tests. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore these rules and drive overly tired because of the pressure to deliver on time.
In an accident that involves the truck, you can claim that corporate negligence, like safety violations, vehicle maintenance or overloading contributed to the cause of your injury. Higher compensations are usually in these cases because the corporation is a corporate violation policy, rather than an individual.
There are cases against companies that are very complex. Including multiple defendants, injuries and much time.