Typically, an accident involving a commercial truck will be much more devastating than an accident between passenger vehicles. A fully-loaded big rig may weigh 25 times that of a passenger car. Sometimes these trucks carry flammable or hazardous materials. Because truck drivers and manufacturers are held to higher legal guidelines than other drivers, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries sustained in a truck accident. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you will have many questions. Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions:
Q: Why are truck accidents more likely to cause injuries than car accidents?
A: A fully-loaded big rig can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, while a typical passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds. Because of the huge discrepancy in size, any collision between the two vehicles, will often result in serious, or fatal, injuries.
Q: What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
A: Typically, these kinds of accidents are caused by a big rig’s limited capabilities in reference to acceleration, braking, and visibility. Additionally, a motorist’s inexperience with these lacking capabilities can be to blame. Sometimes operator error is the cause.
Q: Can I automatically recover against the driver if I’m involved in an accident with an eighteen-wheeler that jackknifes?
A: The fact that a truck jackknifes does not necessarily prove operator negligence. Sometimes a truck jackknifes in an attempt to avoid a more disastrous scenario, or because of unforeseen slipperiness of the road. In these cases, there may be no practical means to avoid jackknifing.
Q: If I was injured in a truck accident where the other driver was at fault, can I be reimbursed for missed time at work?
A: Yes. A successful personal injury claim will provide financial compensation for lost earnings resulting from the accident. An attorney can advise you about other potential damages to which you might be entitled.
Q: Can I sue the driver’s trucking company for my injuries?
A: If an employment relationship between the truck driver and the trucking company can be shown, the company could be held legally responsible for the driver’s negligence. In this scenario, issues arise when the driver is an independent contractor of the company.
Q: Do I need a truck accident lawyer if I think I have a valid claim for injuries I suffered in a commercial trucking accident?
A: Yes. Confer with an experienced personal injury attorney to preserve your legal rights and to ensure your claim is properly assessed.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a catastrophic trucking accident, it is important to contact an experienced trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact the experienced Colorado Springs trucking accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515 or visit us online.