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Commercial Truck Accidents

With commercial trucks moving more than 11 billion tons of freight every year, the better part of the population of the U.S. is used to sharing the road with semi trucks. There are roughly 15 million commercial trucks across the country and of those, 13% would be classified as a big rig. Semi trucks, tractor trailers and 18 wheelers all fall into this category. These numbers should mean that it is not surprising to learn that road accidents and personal injury court claims involving these large trucks occur with startling regularity.

The attorneys of the Action Legal Group have found that when a crash occurs between a semi truck and a motor vehicle, it is not a surprise to consider that it is the occupants of the smaller vehicle who incur the most injuries. Nearly all big rigs weigh between 20 – 30 times that of even a large sedan on the road. In 2015, almost 70% of the deaths in collisions involving a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle were not the driver of the truck. The fatalities were instead people riding in cars that share the road with semi trucks.

Personal injury court cases have revealed that any vehicle the size of a tractor trailer, requires additional braking space and plenty of room to maneuver. Depending on the weight and size of its load, it can take up to an additional 40% more space for one of these large vehicles to safely stop. Due to this, it is often assumed that the semi truck driver Is to blame when there is an accident which causes an injury or death. The commercial truck accident attorneys have discovered that while distracted and tired big rig driving does make up a significant portion of the problem, statistics have shown that nearly three quarters of accidents involving big rigs are caused by drivers of passenger vehicles that are on the roads with the trucks. It is necessary to give these big rigs the space and time they require to operate safely.

Surprisingly, when you consider the number of trucks on the road every day and the mileage they accrue, there are far less truck accidents than those involving the average passenger car. Statistics show that fewer than 9% of the total motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. involve trucks. The attorneys from the Action Legal Group explain that the problem comes when you look at the numbers on fatalities and injuries of those truck crashes. Though there are less accidents themselves, due to the sheer size and weight of these big rigs, these wrecks usually involve serious injury or even death.

When a commercial vehicle or tractor trailer is involved in a motor vehicle crash, there are layers in the claim best handled by a truck accident attorney. Liability can involve everyone from the semi truck manufacturer to a repair shop or even someone at the parent company. It could also involve the company who is shipping goods or someone else who was behind the wheel of another vehicle.

Important Questions to Consider with a Personal Injury Attorney

Who is at fault in the commercial vehicle accident?

FWho is at fault in the commercial vehicle accident?

Is the semi truck driver an employee or is he or she an independent contractor?

Is the semi truck driver an employee or is he or she an independent contractor?

What should I expect to receive from the trucking company?

What should I expect to receive from the trucking company?

Does the truck driver possess a valid license to operate the vehicle?

Does the truck driver possess a valid license to operate the vehicle?

Was law enforcement called after the accident?

Was law enforcement called after the accident?

If you or a family member has been involved in a commercial vehicle accident, it is vital to secure the best legal representation as early as you can. Even minor details matter in these cases. An avalanche of information and communications will be thrown your way and it is easy to get buried in everything that needs done.

It can be shockingly easy lose track of some details. Here are a few things our personal injury attorneys suggest you keep in mind.

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Get a copy of the police report detailing the semi truck crash

Get a copy of the police report detailing the semi truck crash

Request that your insurance company complete a damage evaluation

Request that your insurance company complete a damage evaluation

Keep records of any medical visits. Note the cost, date, time, and what was discussed.

Keep records of any medical visits. Note the cost, date, time, and what was discussed.

Make a list of any expenses that come out of your pocket due to the accident

Make a list of any expenses that come out of your pocket due to the accident

Never accept any sort of settlement or deal without consulting an attorney first

Never accept any sort of settlement or deal without consulting an attorney first

The reality of the situation is that as an accident victim you need a commercial vehicle accident attorney who knows how to navigate the post-collision process. This needs to be someone who cares for your family and your future. The attorneys of Action Legal Group can help. Our experts have years of experience navigating this sometimes lengthy and difficult process. Let us help you so that you can focus on what really matters: recovery.

Contact Action Legal Group today to see how we can help you.

Commercial Truck Accident Checklist

Document everything at the scene of the accident

Take photos and/or video of all vehicles involved, including the accident scene

Take photos and/or video of all vehicles involved, including the accident scene

Write down the exact address/location of where the accident occurred, including details such as the direction you were driving, the direction of the vehicle(s) which caused the accident, and be sure to write down key details of the accident scene, such as number traffic signals, stop signs, etc.

Write down the exact address/location of where the accident occurred, including details such as the direction you were driving, the direction of the vehicle(s) which caused the accident, and be sure to write down key details of the accident scene, such as number traffic signals, stop signs, etc.

Collect the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. These eyewitnesses may have seen details you are not aware of that could potentially strengthen your legal case.

Collect the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. These eyewitnesses may have seen details you are not aware of that could potentially strengthen your legal case.

Collect information from the other drivers involved in the crash

Name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company and member or policy number, license plate number, ownership details of the vehicle they were driving.

Name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company and member or policy number, license plate number, ownership details of the vehicle they were driving.

Call the police

Even if the auto accident is minor, a police report may be critical in establishing who is at fault, and could be a key piece of evidence in your legal claims.

Even if the auto accident is minor, a police report may be critical in establishing who is at fault, and could be a key piece of evidence in your legal claims.

Contact your insurance company

Be sure to write down the name, title, and contact information of anyone you spoke with at your insurance company, and include the date of all conversations.

Be sure to write down the name, title, and contact information of anyone you spoke with at your insurance company, and include the date of all conversations.

Seek medical attention or medical evaluation

Often times injuries caused by an auto accident will need immediate medical attention. However, significant injuries may not present until hours or even days after an accident. We recommend seeking medical evaluation even if you feel you were not seriously injured.

Often times injuries caused by an auto accident will need immediate medical attention. However, significant injuries may not present until hours or even days after an accident. We recommend seeking medical evaluation even if you feel you were not seriously injured.

Document all of your injuries with photos or video.

Document all of your injuries with photos or video.

Obtain copies of all your medical reports, including copies of medical imaging reports such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays or bone scans.

Obtain copies of all your medical reports, including copies of medical imaging reports such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays or bone scans.

Keep track of all vehicle repair expenses, medical expenses and lost wages

Be sure to keep all vehicle repair estimates and expenses, expenses for rental vehicles, and transportation expenses.

Be sure to keep all vehicle repair estimates and expenses, expenses for rental vehicles, and transportation expenses.

Document all medical expenses. Medical expenses also include any prescribed medications, medical devices such as crutches or cervical (neck) support, doctor and physical therapy visits.

Document all medical expenses. Medical expenses also include any prescribed medications, medical devices such as crutches or cervical (neck) support, doctor and physical therapy visits.

If you missed work due to your injuries, be sure to keep a detail log of missed work days and lost wages.

If you missed work due to your injuries, be sure to keep a detail log of missed work days and lost wages.

Remember: Do not sign any document until you have talked with an attorney, and never tell anyone the accident was your fault.

Reasons to Call an Attorney After Accident

Under the law, depending on the state where the accident occurred, you have certain legal rights if you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. Unfortunately, many accidents result in complex situations where a detailed accident scene investigation or expert testimony is required in order to secure full and fair compensation. Or, as an accident victim you may be in pain, bewildered and frightened, and not at all certain what to do first. There are many details that can be overlooked, and those details can be critical in your fight for justice and compensation. The accident attorneys at Action Legal Group have decades of experience in protecting your rights and successfully fighting for compensation for accident victims or their loved ones.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a motor vehicle accident – as a driver or as a passenger – it is important you call an attorney who specializes in all aspects of accidents as soon as possible after the accident to protect your legal rights. The auto accident lawyers at Action Legal Group have put together this list of reasons why hiring a lawyer immediately after an accident with help ensure your legal rights are protected.

Limited Time to Sue:

In most states there is a limited time, known as statute of limitations, for filing a truck accident claim. If you fail to act within that time frame, you will forever lose your rights to sue and never receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

In most states there is a limited time, known as statute of limitations, for filing a truck accident claim. If you fail to act within that time frame, you will forever lose your rights to sue and never receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

Certain Rules Must be Followed:

Individual states have very different and strict requirements that must be followed within a set time period following a truck accident in order to preserve your legal rights. For example, it may be required to file a police report within a very short window of time, and failure to adhere to a mandated time frame may extinguish some of your legal rights. An experienced truck accident attorney will know the complex laws in your state, and will make sure you do not jeopardize your legal rights.

Individual states have very different and strict requirements that must be followed within a set time period following a truck accident in order to preserve your legal rights. For example, it may be required to file a police report within a very short window of time, and failure to adhere to a mandated time frame may extinguish some of your legal rights. An experienced truck accident attorney will know the complex laws in your state, and will make sure you do not jeopardize your legal rights.

Dealing with Insurance Companies:

Most insurance companies will work with their customers, quickly offering compensation for both vehicle damages and medical expenses. Yet, insurance companies inherently strive to keep their costs down, often by means of significantly lower payouts to accident victims. An experienced truck accident attorney has the experience to negotiate with big insurance companies and aggressively represent your best interest to secure fair and full compensation.

Most insurance companies will work with their customers, quickly offering compensation for both vehicle damages and medical expenses. Yet, insurance companies inherently strive to keep their costs down, often by means of significantly lower payouts to accident victims. An experienced truck accident attorney has the experience to negotiate with big insurance companies and aggressively represent your best interest to secure fair and full compensation.

Full Range of Potential Damages:

An experienced car accident attorney will know the full range of potential claims for damages you may be entitled to. Beyond claims for repair or replacement of your vehicle and basic medical expenses, you may also be entitled to recovery for pain and suffering, present and future lost wages, or even damages for family members should be you be permanently disabled from the truck accident.

An experienced car accident attorney will know the full range of potential claims for damages you may be entitled to. Beyond claims for repair or replacement of your vehicle and basic medical expenses, you may also be entitled to recovery for pain and suffering, present and future lost wages, or even damages for family members should be you be permanently disabled from the truck accident.

Negotiating Settlements:

Most insurance companies and the party responsible for your car accident will likely prefer to settle your case outside of court. And, in many cases these settlement offers are far below what you are fairly due. Not only will an experienced car accident attorney aggressively negotiate any settlement offer, the attorney will also clearly advise you of all your legal options and explain the legal implications of accepting any settlement offer.

Most insurance companies and the party responsible for your car accident will likely prefer to settle your case outside of court. And, in many cases these settlement offers are far below what you are fairly due. Not only will an experienced car accident attorney aggressively negotiate any settlement offer, the attorney will also clearly advise you of all your legal options and explain the legal implications of accepting any settlement offer.

The above are just a few of the reasons to hire an experienced car accident attorney after a motor vehicle accident. Insurance companies have large teams of attorneys working for them, leaving you at a serious disadvantage should you try to represent yourself. Most insurance companies will discourage you from hiring any attorney and put pressure on you to accept a lower settlement quickly.

Do not sign any document or agreement with an insurance company until you have talked with an experienced car accident attorney, and never tell anyone the accident was your fault.

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