Many people believe the difference between a car and truck accident is the extent of the victim’s injuries. However, there are several important differences between car and truck cases, many of which are not readily apparent to victims and families.
Your Attorney Should Understand Truck Accident Cases
A collision between a car and a semi truck can be much more complicated than other types of car accidents, especially if the victim’s injuries have caused a permanent disability. For this reason, victims should choose a lawyer with truck accident experience, not just personal injury experience.
Only a truck accident attorney will be able to evaluate all of the factors that could influence your claim, including:
- State and federal trucking laws. Truckers and truck companies that travel between states are bound by the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), while intrastate carriers must follow Rhode Island truck safety laws. Truckers and companies can face criminal charges and punitive penalties if violations of these laws lead to a collision.
- Evidence. Trucking companies are required to keep accurate records of each driver’s licensing, training, medical conditions, and driving logs, as well as maintenance and repair documents for each vehicle in service. However, the trucking company may attempt to hide or destroy this important evidence—unless an attorney orders them not to do so.
- Insurance coverage. Trucking companies take out enormous insurance policies in order to protect themselves in the event of an accident. These insurers could be forced to pay millions of dollars in medical costs, disability, and pain and suffering—and they will fight hard to pay as little as possible.
The attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can give you an honest assessment of your truck accident case, and we do not charge for our services until your claim is resolved. Contact us today via our online form to schedule your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer.