While truck accidents share many of the same characteristics are car accidents there are some important differences to note if you are going to file a lawsuit to collect for injuries and damage to your property. If you pursue a claim, you will want to retain a truck accident attorney who specializes in these types of cases.
Differences between truck and car accidents
Car accidents usually involve private parties, and because the sizes of the vehicles involved are generally about the same, injuries are less likely to be as severe when all other factors are the same as in a truck accident. However, because a fully loaded truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, the disparity of that weight when compared to a typical car that weighs about 3,000 pounds, means that there is a greater chance for catastrophic injuries and death. More severe injuries mean a longer recovery time and a greater chance for permanent injuries, meaning the dollar amounts in this type of case will be much larger as a rule.
What an 18-wheeler accident lawyer should focus on to win a case
Basically, there are two critical components a truck accident attorney should focus on when seeking damages on behalf of a client. First, an attorney should attempt to identify all the possible defendants who may share a role in the cause of the accident. While an obvious defendant is the truck driver, it may also be possible to prove the driver’s employer was at fault too, perhaps due to the use of a dangerous rig. Parties who may be responsible for poor road conditions that are a cause of the accident may also be other possible defendants. Once these defendants have been identified, the attorney must go through several steps to prove negligence on the part of those who caused the accident. This is a complicated, multiple step process that can require significant case work to reach a successful outcome.
For years, the Law Offices of Patricia Eiges has been helping clients win settlements after big rig accidents. Her understanding of the critical legal components that make a truck accident case unique are the keys to helping clients recover the maximum amount they are due.
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