What Are the Special Considerations in Truck Accident Cases?
A collision with a truck or some other type of large commercial vehicle can cause devastating damage. These crashes also present special legal challenges for victims who seek to recover appropriate compensation through a trial or settlement.
After a collision involving a truck, you can protect your interests by retaining an attorney who has specific experience with issues that arise in these cases, including:
- Special regulations — Because of the potential danger that they pose, large commercial vehicles must satisfy the rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This agency, in combination with state and local law enforcement, governs issues such as speed, load weight and driver rest. Once an accident occurs, we review records such as logbooks and police reports to determine if trucking company or driver violations contributed to the collision.
- Liable parties — In most accidents involving cars and other vehicles designed for personal use, the only potential defendant is the at-fault driver. However, many more people and businesses might be responsible for a truck crash. An experienced injury lawyer can investigate the situation and identify other potentially liable parties, including the vehicle owner, its manufacturer, the maintenance crew and the entity that hired the truck.
- Mechanical and maintenance failures — Large trucks have many more moving parts than passenger cars do. This increases the chances that someone will be hurt due to a product defect or an act of negligence. Advice from an accomplished truck accident advocate will help you find flaws that might have been overlooked.
Crashing into a truck means that physical and property damage might be much greater than in a similar accident involving another passenger vehicle. Large companies and their insurers often try to play hardball with victims to coerce them into a subpar settlement. With so much at stake, it is crucial to find a truck accident lawyer who knows how to take on big businesses and hold them accountable for their actions.
Prim Law Firm, PLLC has recovered millions of dollars for West Virginia clients in cases arising out of truck collisions and other personal injury matters. Please call 304-721-4619 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your situation. Our office is in Hurricane.