When a semitruck and a passenger vehicle collide, the passenger vehicle usually takes the brunt of the damage. The semi’s sheer size and weight, plus its longer braking distance, make it a force that will usually tear through an ordinary car.
Unfortunately, the number of fatal truck accidents has been steadily climbing since 2009. In 2017, the last year for which figures are available, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that there were 30% more fatalities involving large trucks than there were back in 2009.
If you lost a loved one in a wreck with a semitruck — or you were injured in that kind of accident — it’s wise to consider contacting an experienced attorney for assistance. We encourage readers to continue exploring our site or contact us directly to discuss the details of their case.
Here are the ways that an attorney can be useful after a semitruck accident:
- An attorney can identify the right parties to hold liable for the accident. There may be more than one party responsible for some part of the wreck, including the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipping company and the truck’s mechanic. (More than likely, the trucking company’s insurance company will try to blame the accident partially or entirely on you.)
- Attorneys use legal tools to investigate a wreck. That may mean everything from photographing the scene of the accident to requesting documentation of the driver’s hours and more. It isn’t uncommon for there to be several rounds of interrogatories or depositions in a complex case.
- Attorneys know how to properly value your claim. The oldest insurance trick in the book is talking an injury victim into settling the case for far less than it is worth. An attorney can help you understand exactly what you should ask for in a claim.
Don’t let insurance companies and truck companies take advantage of you while you’re still struggling to heal. Let an attorney be your buffer, instead.