Helping Injured Clients Win Against Large Trucking Companies
A truck or commercial vehicle accident can derail your life in many ways – physically, financially and emotionally. Large commercial trucks regularly cause devastating damage and injuries when they crash, and victims are left to pick up the pieces. While truck and commercial accident victims have important legal rights, going up against large trucking companies is no easy task.
The good news is that with the right San Antonio truck and commercial accident lawyer on your side, you do not have to be intimidated by trucking companies and their insurers. One of our attorneys, Nathaniel Mack, knows how to protect your rights to receive the compensation you deserve under the law following a crash. For more information about how he and our legal team fight to win for our clients, contact us for free today.
Truck Accident Overview
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are more than 11 million commercial vehicles registered in the United States. While these trucks serve an important purpose in our economy, they also pose serious risks to motorists every single day. FMCSA reports indicate that truck and commercial vehicle accidents caused about 116,000 injuries in the U.S. in a single year, and a truck accident may happen to anyone when they least expect it. Trucks cause considerable damage due to their sheer size and weight when compared with passenger vehicles. There are many crashes that are especially common with semi trucks, including:
- Jackknife accidents
- Rollover crashes
- Underride collisions
- Override collisions
- Cargo spills
- Runaway trucks
Standing Up For You
A simple rear-end accident can quickly turn deadly when it involves a commercial truck, and any type of truck collision can result in catastrophic injuries. Because commercial truck crashes can impact the lives of victims so severely, you need a skilled lawyer as soon as possible.
If a negligent truck driver caused your crash, we can work to hold the driver and the trucking company accountable for your injuries and losses. This is not a simple process, as commercial trucking companies regularly have shrewd insurance companies working to avoid liability on their behalf. We have the resources and skills to navigate the insurance process and negotiate the settlement amount you deserve.
The value of each commercial truck accident claim will depend on the losses you suffered. Losses for which we regularly recover include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
We connect with each client to best understand their needs and the nature of the losses they suffered. We take a unique and personalized approach in every case to best stand up for each individual client.
Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident Claim?
Many victims of truck accidents are surprised to learn that the truck driver may not always be the liable party. If their employer failed to provide the truck driver with the necessary training to operate the vehicle in a safe manner or willingly and knowingly hired a reckless driver, the employer might be liable for the accident. Additionally, if a defective truck part caused the accident, such as faulty brake pads or a dangerous engine component, the manufacturer of the product in question could be liable for the victim’s injuries.
What Can Cause These Accidents?
Truck drivers often face additional challenges on the road when compared to other drivers. The challenges of their job can result in potential causes of a truck accident, such as fatigue, speeding to meet delivery deadlines, improper loading of the trailer, taking caffeine pills or other supplements to stay awake, and driving more than regulations allow in a single day.
Should A Victim Accept The First Offer They Receive?
The victim of a truck accident’s first instinct when they receive a settlement offer from an insurance company may be to accept the check, but that is rarely the best decision for them. A fast settlement offer from an insurance company often means that it is trying to leave a victim with a lowball settlement in an effort to save money in the injury claim. Before accepting any settlement, you should always consult with your personal injury attorney.
Should A Victim Talk To The Insurance Company?
After your accident, the insurance company representing the defendant in your personal injury claim may try contacting you for a recorded statement about your accident. The insurance agent may ask you questions about the events leading up to the accident and your current condition and injuries because of the accident. While they may claim that these questions are all standard procedure, it is more likely that they are looking for ways to avoid accepting liability or paying you your fair compensation. Never speak to an insurance company without having your own personal injury attorney present.
Providing Truck Accident Representation For The San Antonio Community
Attorney Mack is from San Antonio and is dedicated to helping those in the community in need of legal assistance. We know that accidents can happen at any time on the streets and highways around the city, and we provide the help and guidance you need after a serious crash. We treat our clients like family, so please call 888-978-9302 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.