This is the time of year when more people than ever are on the road. People are heading to vacations, reunions, conventions, weddings, or just for a day of shopping or maybe a ballgame. They all have to share the road with big rigs. These 18 wheelers are a fact of life, and without them, many of the goods we take for granted will always be in the store when we need them wouldn’t make it. Trucks make up a large part of freight movement in this country and even though trains are not far behind, it’s pretty clear trucks aren’t going anywhere.
Unfortunately, when a truck driver decides to drive recklessly, make poor choices like texting while driving or ignoring hours of service regulations, or disregards weather conditions, catastrophic results can occur. Cars seldom come out on the winning side of a collision with a big rig. If you find yourself in one of these accidents, first give thank that you’re alive, then find a good trucking accident lawyer. If the trucker is found at fault, his employer should compensate you through their insurance, but it rarely works out so easily.
Insurance companies, even when their client is proven at fault, will do everything they can to avoid paying a claim. They’ll ignore your phone calls, make false promises, conveniently lose your paperwork and more. That’s why you need legal representation. While your insurance company can compensate you and then go after the other insurance company for you, that can often result in your premiums getting higher, and you probably won’t get all you are entitled to, just the bare amount needed to replace your car and pay your medical bills.
Your lawyer can help you get what you deserve and deal with the driver, their trucking company, the trucking company’s lawyer, the insurance company, and the insurance company’s lawyer for you. Whenever a truck is in a major accident. The DOT usually gets involved, and sometimes the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) as well. Your lawyer will be able to contact them for you and get crucial data and reports that can help your case. Don’t attempt to represent yourself. The insurance companies and everyone else involved will be looking out for their best interests, not yours, and you could get a raw deal. Let a qualified attorney deal with it and get you the justice you deserve.