A large truck colliding with a car hardly ever ends well for the motorist. By law, 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (or 40 tons), and take up a span of 70-80 feet on the road, according to The Trucker’s Report. And sometimes, trucking companies make mistakes with weight or intentionally break the law to transport more cargo per load, which means that there could be even heavier trucks out on the road! Their weight and size make trucks much less agile than cars. 18-wheelers need about 40% more time to stop than cars, according to The Trucker’s Report. Understandably, the injuries that car drivers can suffer in accidents with trucks can be devastating. Common injuries sustained in truck accidents are spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, back or neck injuries, shoulder injuries, internal injuries, and other serious conditions.
Understand Your Rights!
This might sound obvious, but unfortunately, many truck accident victims don’t even know that they have the right to pursue a case! And even with the knowledge that they can pursue compensation, many victims walk away with a surprisingly low settlement. This is usually due to greedy and manipulative tricks on the part of trucking companies and insurance companies, but it’s also sometimes because victims try to represent themselves. While it is technically possible to represent yourself in a personal injury case, it doesn’t always end up serving in your favor. Personal injury attorneys have years of experience fighting for justice in cases similar to yours, and can fully understand and utilize the depth and details of each case. Personal injury attorneys can better understand which settlements are fair according to the span of your injuries, and how to keep fighting back until this settlement amount is reached.
You Have the Right to Experienced and Caring Legal Representation
Many large trucking companies have a team of lawyers to back them up, lawyers who only care about making money for the trucking company. Individuals looking for a fair fight against these companies have little hope for success…unless they have the help of a caring personal injury attorney!
You Have the Right to Tell the Real Story. Trucking companies will often try to protect their own reputation and interests by working hard to cover up the real cause of the accident. Truck accidents are often caused by dangerous practices that the trucking companies engage in to save money. And these practices are often illegal! Trucking companies often push their drivers to log unrealistic hours, meaning that drivers are forced to drive fatigued. Trucking companies also sometimes try to save money by neglecting important safety regulations regarding weight limits, driver experience, and truck maintenance (including proper repairs and inspections regarding brakes, tires, engines, and more). HG.org lists improper maintenance, driver fatigue, and driver inexperience as three of the top causes of truck accidents. An aggressive personal injury attorney will be able to discover what really caused the accident and gather usable evidence to prove that you were not at fault.
You Have the Right to Pursue Full Compensation. All too often, accident victims walk away from their case after accepting a settlement that is far too low. This can happen when dealing with trucking companies representing the truck driver and even insurance companies that the motorist was counting on for fair treatment. Often, insufficient settlement amounts happen because of injustice from both the trucking company and the insurance companies! AllLaw recommends not trusting settlement calculators to tell you how much compensation you deserve because pain and suffering damages are highly subjective and go far beyond just medical bills.
You Have the Right to Peace of Mind. After an accident that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to:
Were you injured in an accident involving a large truck in Jackson, Mississippi? Efficient, experienced legal representation is just a phone call away. Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve – that goes for financial compensation, understanding your legal rights, fair treatment, the chance to tell your side of the story, peace of mind, and much more! The Heilman Law Group serves clients in Jackson, MS with a dedication to excellence and personal attention. Contact us online or at 601-914-1025.
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