Anyone who has ever been in an accident involving a large commercial truck knows that these collisions can be particularly devastating. Because of their immense size and weight, they can cause catastrophic injuries to people inside smaller vehicles. And the odds are much higher for fatalities in these types of crashes. But even a non-fatal crash can leave you with significant financial loss and emotional trauma. That is why you need an 18 wheeler accident attorney with extensive experience on your side.
An experienced truck accident lawyer can take the time to listen carefully to your story and determine what damages you may be entitled to receive. They will also be able to help you file a claim against the trucking company or other liable party. In addition, a good attorney will know how to hire the right experts to investigate the case and prove negligence in your accident.
A truck accident lawsuit is different from a car crash claim because there are more issues to consider and the injuries can be much more severe. For instance, truck drivers are subject to certain regulations that include mandatory medical examinations, limit on hours per shift and more. These rules are meant to keep the public safe, but unfortunately these requirements are not always followed. An experienced truck accident attorney understands all of the laws and regulations that apply to these drivers and will be able to identify any discrepancies in the evidence.
The most common types of truck accidents are jackknife, rollover and mechanical failures. A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer swings out to the side, forming an angle with the cab like a folding knife. This type of accident is exclusive to trucks because the structure of the vehicle makes it difficult to steer or control when in this position. Other truck accidents, such as a rollover, can be caused by swerving or turning sharply and are more likely to happen at high speeds.
Mechanical problems with trucks can be caused by improper design, faulty parts and more. An experienced truck accident attorney will know how to inspect the trucks and trailers involved in your crash. If they find any faulty parts that were causing the truck to malfunction, they will be able to hold the manufacturer of the parts and the trucking company liable for your damages.
In New York, victims of truck crashes are able to recover compensation for economic losses and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering. However, in many cases the insurance companies of the trucking companies will do everything they can to avoid paying you a fair settlement. A good attorney will be able to negotiate a settlement that covers all of your losses.
If you have been injured in a collision with a truck, call the Mike Morse Law Firm at 855-MIKE-WINS for a free consultation. Our attorneys will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only get paid if you win.