Truck Accident

Truck Accident truck accident lawyer

All collisions and crashes are serious, but auto accidents that involve a tractor trailer, commercial truck, or oversized vehicle are rarely minor incidents and can be life-altering for all involved. Injuries suffered in a truck accident are usually serious, and often demand regular medical attention, therapy, and, sometimes, lifelong care for the victims. The legalities surrounding a truck accident are confusing to those unfamiliar with the law and the regulations of insurance companies. Choose an experienced Michigan truck accident lawyer to help secure compensation for your injuries.

The Damage Caused by a Truck Accident

Truck accidents happen far too often between motorists and operators of large commercial vehicles. Truck driving is a risky job, fraught with danger and not necessarily populated by experienced drivers. Truck driver fatigue and health problems are common, and these issues are exacerbated by being seated for long stretches of time and eating unhealthy meals on the road. Add to this the typical dangers of road driving, including hazardous road conditions, distracted drivers, and reckless drivers, and you have an unfortunate recipe for tragedy.

Injuries sustained in an accident between a passenger car and large truck can be horrific. The sheer size and weight difference between the machines is enormous, not to mention the cargo that many tractor trailers carry. The likelihood of the driver of a car, or its passengers, suffering the bulk of any injuries in a truck accident are great. Truck drivers are usually safer merely by being positioned higher in the cab of their truck.

From traumatic brain injuries to broken bones, seatbelt injuries to airbag injuries, burns to cuts, neck and back injuries to internal injuries, there is no end to the types of damage that can be done in a truck accident.

Filing a Claim After a Truck Accident

Truck accident claims are complicated. The laws that apply to tractor trailers, commercial trucks and vehicles, and delivery vans are different than the laws that apply to regular auto accidents. A truck accident lawyer who specializes in trucking law is your best resource so you aren’t trying to interpret the details on your own, and losing in the process.

What you need to know about a truck accident is this:

  • There are usually insurance policies for the truck driver and their cargo.
  • The trucking company can be liable for the accident.
  • The driver operating the vehicle can be liable for damages.

Knowing who to file claims against and the best way to get optimum results should be left in the hands of an experienced truck accident attorney who has your best interests in mind.

Types of Truck Accident Claims

When you are involved in an accident with a tractor trailer driver or operator of a commercial truck, the expertise of a truck accident lawyer is essential to help you determine which claims to file for your own best interest. Some of the most common truck accident claims include:

  • Personal injury claims are common in truck accidents because injuries almost always occur. Who is liable though – the truck driver or the trucking company? The personal injury protection insurance policy is usually held by the owner of the truck, whether that’s the driver or the company who employed the driver.
  • A dangerous cargo claim is appropriate in a truck accident where major damage is caused by the hazardous or dangerous material being carried by the truck. In such situations, it may be possible to file a claim against the manufacturer of the cargo, or its distributor.
  • Any physical damage caused by a truck accident is addressed through a property damage claim. Multiple liability policies – carried by the truck operator, the owner of the truck, and/or the trucking company – may mean it is possible to file multiple claims and collect from more than one insurance policy.

Do You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?

It’s not only the operators of cars or motorcycles who need a lawyer after a truck accident. If a truck driver is injured in a truck accident while on the job, they need representation too. Whether at fault for the accident or not, a trucker who suffers injuries could be out of work for some time, resulting in lost wages, or could be so badly injured that they will not be able to return to a trucking job again.

If you have been injured in a truck accident and left with pain, medical bills, a damaged vehicle, and more, contact Thurswell Law for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer. We have extensive experience in dealing with the intricacies of multiple insurance policies among truckers and trucking companies. You deserve compensation for your suffering, so don’t delay in seeking help now. There are no fees unless you collect. Call us at (248) 354-2222 to schedule your free consultation.

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