The good news is that commercial truck accidents are rare. The bad news is that when they do occur, they are much more likely to involve serious injuries compared to an average car accident. Keep reading and discover how a person who is the victim of a commercial truck accident should work with an experienced attorney and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation.
Trucks Have the Potential to Cause Particularly Serious Injuries
Due to the size and weight of a big rig, they are especially likely to cause serious injury to those who are involved in an accident with them. This is one of the reasons that truck accident settlements are often much more than car accident settlements – the damages are much greater.
Commercial Truck Drivers and the Trucking Companies They Work for Are Required to Have More Insurance Coverage
Many people do not realize that, due to the increase in potential damage, commercial truck drivers and the companies they work for are required to have a more extensive minimum liability coverage compared to most drivers. This coverage is required so that if there is a serious truck accident, which can easily end up with damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the insurance maximum will be more likely to cover the actual damages.
The Truck Driver May Not Be the Only At-Fault Party
While the truck driver may seem like the most obvious party to be held accountable, there are many situations in which they are only partially at fault – or not at fault at all. For example, the company they work with may be found at fault if they required the driver to work past the hours said driver is legally allowed to work. If the driver did not have a clean record or was not properly licensed, then the company that hired them could also be found negligent in the accident.
If the accident was caused by faulty loading of the cargo, then the company that loaded the cargo may be at fault. If the truck was serviced or repaired, and an error was made in the process that resulted in the accident, then that service or repair center may be found partially or entirely at fault.
Call Today to Find Out What Your Legal Options Are
If you were injured in a truck accident, or lost a loved one in this type of accident, you may have grounds for a settlement or jury award. The next step is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are happy to go over the facts and let you know what your options are.