Have you been injured in an accident involving a truck or big rig? If so, you might feel that this is a job for a car accident attorney. However, that is not the case. These cases aren’t really all that similar to cases involving other kinds of vehicles. They have many important differences. In fact, they really aren’t all that similar to cases involving regular trucks, either. Those are still passenger vehicles. They aren’t built, for example, to carry large payloads across long distances. When we say “truck or big rig” we mean vehicles like large tow trucks, commercial vans, 18-wheel semis, those with trailer combos, that kind of thing. When you’re in an accident involving one of those, you need attorneys with experience in these kinds of accidents.
Determining Who’s Liable
This is one of the major areas where these cases are different from other kinds of vehicular accidents. Yes, in car accident cases, the driver is often the person who’s at fault for the accident. When someone else crashes into you in their car, it’s due to their negligence, their recklessness, and so forth. While that’s not always the case, it’s usually their (or at least primarily their) fault.
However, in a big rig or trucking accident, that isn’t always the case. Sure, the driver is often the person who is most at fault. They’re the one driving the truck or big rig. They were at the wheel when they crashed into you. However, there are multiple ways that they could be at fault.
For example, perhaps they were fatigued. As someone driving a passenger vehicle, it's natural to feel fatigued when you’re driving home from work, late at night, early in the morning, etc. However, truck drivers drive as a job. It’s their work. If they push themselves too much, if they don’t take the recommended, needed breaks over the course of a long drive, then they could be so fatigued as to be dangerous on the road. That would make them negligent.
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However, it's important to note that the driver is not the only party who could be at fault in a truck or big rig accident. There are others who may have contributed to your accident, too. Our experienced attorneys can determine exactly who was at fault and, from there, figure out the best way to move forward.
For one, many big rigs carry cargo. They have goods and products loaded into the truck. Trucks, specifically, are designed to only carry particular amounts (or kinds) of cargo. Anything amount of cargo that’s too heavy, or not right for the truck, could cause an accident. We’ve even had several cases where an accident was caused because the cargo wasn’t properly secured. Remember, in almost all of these cases, the truck themselves didn’t load the cargo. It’s not their job. Instead, someone else did. If that’s the case, then we can make sure you get the compensation you deserve from the truck driver as well as the people loading the cargo.
All of the Parties Responsible for Your Accident Held to Account
Truck drivers are responsible for their own actions. No one was driving the truck but them. That said, others put them into that position. The companies that hire them, that own the truck, the truck driver is their person. They signed off on them driving that truck. If the truck driver is too inexperienced, too unqualified, or in other ways isn’t capable of driving a truck, then that company could be held responsible.
Additionally, that company could be held responsible for the condition of the truck. After all, sometimes, it’s not the truck driver’s fault - it’s the truck. If the brakes aren’t working, for example, there’s really not much that the truck driver is going to be able to do. Should the company have put the truck driver in an impossible situation, in a faulty vehicle, and that led to your accident, then they must be held accountable for what happened. That’s only right.
To continue on with that line of thinking, by the time there’s been a big rig accident, many different parties have contributed to that big rig. For example, trucking parts and products, which went into that truck, had manufacturers and distributors. If they weren’t up to snuff, if they caused the accident (or at least contributed to it) then they are one more party that could be held responsible. By the time a truck is in an accident, so many have had something to do with it. If they were at fault, we’ll make sure they’re accountable.
Determining What Caused the Accident - and Why it Matters
Unfortunately, big rig accidents can be worse than those that involve other sorts of vehicles. They’re bigger. They’re heavier. These vehicles can cause much more damage. When they do, it’s more imperative than ever that you receive all of the compensation that you deserve. After all, it can be difficult to return to work (or even similar in capacity) after any kind of accident, much less one that involves a big rig. We make sure that you receive everything you deserve.
A major way that we do so: through the initial investigation. As you’ve seen already if you’ve read to this point, so much goes into a big rig accident. To discover the truth about which parties are at fault requires an actual investigation handled by real, professional investigators. Here at the Benjamin Law Firm, we offer exactly that. When you sign with us, we get right to work having our investigators figure out exactly what happened and why.
From there, we can put all of that into your case, making it that much more compelling. By identifying all of the parties who are at fault, we can make sure that you get the compensation you deserve from each of them. We’ve been doing this for a long time. We have many attorneys on staff who, frankly, big rig accidents are their specialty. They can give you a clear idea of what you can expect, so that you can make sure you get the amount that you should.
We don’t say this next part to scare you, but it’s important to remember that, in a big rig accident case, you’re up against some powerful opponents. Probably an insurance company, and in all likelihood, a company that owns a trucking business. They’re going to have investigators, too. The difference is, their investigators will be looking for how to prove it was your fault, or, specifically, not the fault of their party. If you go with a law firm that doesn’t have our resources, you might not be able to get the investigators you deserve (and certainly not the legal representation). It’s just one more way that we can help.
Experienced Truck and Big Rig Accident Attorneys on Your Side
Here at the Benjamin Law Firm, we work on contingency. So, we don’t get any money unless we win your case and get a settlement. That said, we know that, before that happens, you may have some medical bills to take care of. We understand that no one really has it in their budget, even those with good health insurance, to be able to pay for everything that comes from a big rig accident. To that end, we’ve worked for years with different medical service providers who work on contingency, too. So, they’ll be able to treat you for free now, and then, their money will also come out of your settlement.
One thing we provide at the Benjamin Law Firm immediately: solutions. We can help you to figure out all that you need to know pronto: how you’ll be able to get to work, what your options are, what we think of your case, what the next step should be, all that kind of thing. As ever, it’s better to talk to us than to the insurance company. They’re only looking to take your money, to make sure that you receive as little as possible. We work in the exact opposite way. So, after the accident, after you get your medical care, we recommend that you reach out to us as soon as possible. That way, we’ll be able to start your case quickly.
We know that, after you’ve been in any kind of accident, the last thing you want to do is reach out to an attorney. You have enough to deal with. Between recovery, healing, your friends and family, day to day life, it’s easy (and even natural) to put off reaching out to an attorney. However, the longer you wait, the more it could potentially impact the compensation you could receive for your case.
Evidence, such as skid marks, and other environmental signs that could point to what happened in the accident, could disappear. Witnesses can move, that kind of thing. The other side, of course, isn’t hesitating to start their investigation, the one that clears them of wrongdoing. To help your case, we recommend you reach out to us soon. You can schedule a free consultation through our site.