Semi-trucks play a vital part in our society to deliver goods across the country, but they can present an incredible amount of danger on the roads. Their inability to slow down quickly and sheer size (about 25 times that of a passenger vehicle) require their drivers to be alert at all times to ensure the safety of themselves and those surrounding them on the road. However, when a truck driver is distracted or driving through a sleepless night to hit deadlines, accidents happen, and they’re often extremely serious or even fatal.
Finding Fault in Truck Accidents
Truck accidents, in addition to causing severe injuries such as paralysis or brain injury, are often tricky to determine who is truly at fault and to what extent. Multi-car pileups are common, which means insurance and liability can become complex fast. Who was really at fault if you were sandwiched between eight other cars and a semi? Additionally, since truck drivers are employed by someone else, they have their own set of safety standards and laws to adhere to, further complicating the situation. Ed Smith has years of working within the insurance industry before becoming a personal injury lawyer, so he is able to navigate this legal area incredibly well on your behalf.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a semi, more than one party may be at fault. Ed Smith will find any and all guilty parties to hold them accountable and ensure you’re receiving the highest settlement possible. These could include the trucking company who requires its drivers to work too many hours to make a delivery in an unreasonable amount of time, the company who built the truck if brake failure is involved, or the driver themselves if they were acting in a careless manner.
You Don’t Have to Do This Alone
Filing a claim yourself can be a complicated process, and if you take the insurance company’s outright offer, chances are that you won’t receive all of the money that you deserve. Personal injury attorney Ed Smith can help you get the most money from all responsible parties to help cover the costs involved from your accident. If you’re injured in a trucking accident, you’ll need compensation to cover lost wages while you recover and the medical bills from injuries sustained during the accident. The doctor visits are likely not to be a one-time, isolated incident; chances are you may have recurring problems down the road as a result and will have to make repeated, and expensive, trips. We will also take into consideration whether or not your injury is so severe that you can never go back into your field of work, as well as the monetary value of your emotional distress, pain and suffering. Call Ed Smith today to set up a free informative session to discuss your case and the options that are available to you.