Vehicular accidents with trucks and commercial vehicles can cause innocent motorists to suffer from serious, debilitating injuries with higher medical costs, and longer recuperation times than someone who is involved in a fender-bender. As if this isn’t bad enough, you are also forced to take on an entire trucking company and their insurer to get the compensation you deserve, putting you at a significant disadvantage when it comes time to fight a legal battle.
The Importance of Hiring the Right Truck Accident Attorney
Just as there are important distinctions between car and truck accidents, there are major differences between the attorneys handling these cases. A general personal injury attorney may not be aware of the complexities that can make or break a truck accident case, such as compliance with federal safety regulations, driver training and drug testing requirements, proper documentation of drive time, submission of maintenance records, and other details. Failure to address these issues can significantly reduce your settlement, or even allow a trucking company to escape liability altogether.
At Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum, P.A., our accident lawyers have experience with a wide range of commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, construction trucks, dump trucks, motor coaches, and more. Our attorneys work to obtain maximum compensation for:
- Truck accidents. Driver errors, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, or failure to take mandatory rest breaks, are often only the tip of the iceberg in accident cases. For instance, semi-truck drivers may be involved in interstate commerce, making cases against them more complex. Some drivers may be contracted or self-employed (such as drivers of delivery trucks), making it more likely that the company will try to avoid liability.
- Bus accidents. There are special rules governing the behaviors of drivers of coaches and city buses (such as the Metrobus). Drivers who use their cell phones to call or text, drive under the influence, perform unsafe maneuvers, deviate from planned routes, follow too closely, or otherwise put passengers at risk can be held liable for causing injuries.
- Municipal vehicle accidents. Buses aren’t the only municipal vehicles that can cause serious injuries. Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and even garbage trucks and street sweepers pose a daily threat of injury to drivers in smaller cars. If you are struck by a negligent driver of a municipal vehicle, you can hold the county or city liable for damages.
- Wrongful death. The weight and size of larger vehicles increase the force of impact—often with deadly consequences. Families of victims killed in large vehicle accidents are often so overwhelmed with grief that they are not emotionally prepared to take the company to court. Our attorneys will listen to your story with compassion and fight vigilantly on your behalf, allowing you to get the justice and closure that you and your family need to move on.
Time Is of the Essence in a Truck Crash Case
Trucking companies have big firm lawyers and insurance adjusters who work to protect their employees--often beginning just hours after the crash. Companies may hide or destroy evidence, make insignificant settlement offers and otherwise deny you the compensation you are owed. Our attorneys have the experience and savvy to build your strongest case, allowing you take the time you need to heal.
Every minute counts when preparing your accident case. Call our toll-free number on this page for effective and experienced legal representation to fight the insurance company for the money that you need for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.