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Truck Accident Resources

Big rigs, semi-trucks, and other large commercial trucks are much more dangerous than regular cars and SUVs. Truck accident injuries are usually much more severe than car accident injuries. Commercial truck accidents also cause extensive property damage. Many people assume truck accidents are no different from regular motor vehicle accidents. Attorneys handle these cases differently. 

Here, we'll provide a brief overview of truck accident claims. We will also offer links to helpful resources for your truck accident lawsuit.

How Are Truck Accident Claims Different From Other Auto Accidents?

Truck crashes are the result of both truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. Semi-truck accident cases often involve several liable parties. One unique thing about truck accidents is that truckers must follow special rules. There are strict safety laws in place for commercial drivers. Truckers also have special licensing requirements. Commercial DUI regulations set lower DUI standards for truck drivers. The legal limit for DUI is only .04%. This is half as much as it is for other drivers. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also has strict rules for truckers' behavior.

Seek Legal Advice Immediately After Your Accident

It's a good idea to research the trucking company and driver before you meet with your personal injury attorney. Never admit guilt or liability for a truck accident. Don't sign waivers until you talk to a personal injury lawyer. This article offers truck accident resources that can help protect your legal rights. Most firms offer new clients a free case evaluation. This allows you to discuss your case with a seasoned attorney and decide if legal action is the next logical step.

Your Truck Accident Attorney Will Seek Fair Compensation for Your Injury Claim

If you decide to hire a personal injury law firm, they will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. The amount of your claim will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries. It will also depend on what information the commercial vehicle's black box provides. Most truck accident victims demand the following types of damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future income
  • Property damage

You can also demand non-economic damages. These include:

If your loved one dies in a truck accident, your family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In these cases, your attorney will demand fair compensation for the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages
  • Payment for any medical treatment your loved one underwent before passing away
  • Damages for the total value of your loved one's life

You can expect to receive more money if you suffer life-threatening injuries. Since there are several responsible parties, you will have deeper pockets to pursue.

Truck Accident Resources

If you get into a truck crash, you must deal with the insurance company and a truck accident lawyer. Ideally, there will be enough insurance coverage for your claim. Below are links to several federal and non-governmental resources to help you better prepare your claim.

Truck Accident Statistics

Truck Accidents, Insurance, and Legal Claims

Special Regulations and Rules for Commercial Truckers

Driver Safety and Accident Prevention

Make Sure Your Truck Accident Claim Is Solid: Hire an Attorney

You may have many questions if you've gotten into a truck accident. A legal professional experienced in commercial truck accident litigation will be able to lead you in the right direction. Find a local truck accident attorney today.

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