Sarasota, FL- There are hundreds of thousands of truck accidents in the U.S. each year. Of those collisions involving large trucks, approximately 5,000 end in fatalities and 20 percent result in at least one non-fatal injury, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Have you been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck? Has someone you love lost their lives or have been seriously injured after a collision? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. You want to know; who is responsible for my medical bills? If I miss time from work, who is going to cover my everyday expenses?
Even though you may be in pain, troubled or grieving, there are things that have to be taken care of; you have to go to work, have bills that need to be paid, and need to provide for yourself and your family. Following a truck accident, the last thing you may be thinking about hiring a truck accident attorney, but if you act as soon as you are able you can maximize your compensation.
Why should I hire a truck accident attorney?
If you have been involved in any type of traffic accident that results in a serious injury or have lost a loved one to a traffic collision you should have the help of an attorney. However, accidents involving semis, tractor trailers and other large commercial vehicles are significantly different than passenger vehicle accidents and require specialized knowledge that can only be provided by someone with a familiarity of the specifics surrounding a truck accident.
As with any accidental injury or wrongful death lawsuit, evidence is crucial tool to getting the settlement you deserve. A truck accident attorney is capable of understanding crucial evidence such as truck logs, cell phone records from both the trucker and trucking company, the trucking company’s safety record, the truck driver’s safety record and driving history and the driver’s qualifications.
In addition to skillfully analyzing evidence that will help bolster your case, a truck accident attorney has access to resources that will benefit their clients such as accident reconstruction experts, medical experts and trucking safety specialists.
Trucking companies and insurers have an army of attorneys, adjusters and accident specialists working for them and so should you. Their goal is reduce the settlements they payout following a fatal or injurious accident. They will often try to pinpoint the blame for a collision on you.
Truck accident attorneys work with injury victims so they may be more aware of what the long-term effects of your injuries will be. They know the true physical and psychological effects of your injuries so they understand the true value of your injuries and will fight to make certain you get the compensation you need to pay off your medical costs and cover your short-term and long-term living expenses.
Regardless of whether you want to settle your injury case or take it to court, you must have a truck accident attorney on your side.