What To Do If You Have Been Hit By A Tractor Trailer
If you have been hit by a tractor trailer or semi, and have survived you are a very lucky person indeed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 people have died from tractor trailer/auto accidents last year and more than 95,000 have been injured. You may call it a truck or semi or 18 wheeler, several terms are used. While the terms are interchangeable, there is a difference. A “semi truck” is the actual truck; “Tractor trailer” and “18 wheeler” is the combination of the semi truck and the trailer combined, totaling 18 wheels. To simplify we will refer to any of these as a tractor trailer.
Hire A Personal Injury Attorney That Specializes In Trucking Accidents
Sharing the road with large, heavy potentially dangerous tractor trailers is a daily occurrence. If you are in a collision, chances are your injuries are pretty severe and you will require compensation for your injuries. To obtain the compensation you deserve it is important you hire a personal injury attorney who has the qualifications and proven track record in tractor trailer accident law. Taking action immediately is important as tractor trailer accidents are not handled the same as passenger car accidents.
The Importance Of Establishing Fault In Trucking Accidents
Tractor trailer accident claims need to establish who was at fault, and to be able to provide evidence to establish that the tractor trailer is responsible for the accident. Remember, it may not be the driver, but could be the truck malfunctioning. Both the Insurance company and the trucking company will act quickly as the stakes are high for them financially. They will immediately have the accident investigated to limit their liability as much as possible. It is imperative you get a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your interests to avoid being ripped off by the insurance company and having the companies underpay you for your damages, pain and suffering.
Tractor Trailer Accident Investigation
One of the reasons it is so important you contact an experienced tractor trailer personal injury attorney as they will be able to uncover and understand the evidence in tractor trailer accidents that are not found in other accidents. For example, an experienced attorney will be able to get the information from the “black box” (like an airplane, each tractor trailer has one) that records data such as the speed of the truck, application of the brakes and other information that can get lost or destroyed. Other information includes the trucker’s employment files, their logbooks, the maintenance records for the semi, and information related to the trucking company. This is in addition to the accident scene investigation that is like an auto/auto accident as well, and includes talking to witnesses, recreating the accident and taking photos of the accident scene.
Who Is Liable In A Tractor Trailer Accident?
Your tractor trailer personal injury attorney knows that there are several entities that can be held liable for your injuries in a tractor trailer accident. These include, but are not limited to:
● The driver
● The trucking company
● The manufacturer of the truck
● The manufacturer of the truck’s parts
● The company who loaded the cargo in the trailer
● Any companies that completed any maintenance on the semi or the trailer.
A good attorney will be able to identify and name each party responsible, determine how much responsibility each entity holds and how much compensation to request from each one for your injuries. If the companies are unwilling to settle for what your attorney feels is reasonable, he will then know whom to file lawsuits on your behalf. Another thing you may not be aware of is that the truck and trucking company may not all be from or in Florida.
When it comes to tractor trailer accidents, the law offices of Justice Pays have the experience you need to take on the big insurance companies with their many attorneys on staff just to make sure to pay you the least they can. We are passionate about what we do and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and need while allowing you to heal, recover and try to get your life back to normal. Call us today at 1-833-954-1234 for a free consultation and see what we can do to help you.