Is getting into an accident with a truck the same as a car accident?

Think of the difference in your reaction when a car tailgates your vehicle compared to when an 18-wheeler follows your car too closely. The difference between your reactions is the short answer to the question, “Is getting into an accident with a truck the same as a car accident?” 

Yes, the much larger truck presents a much more significant risk of you sustaining one or more serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 people died, and another 160,000 sustained injuries in 2019 as a result of getting into an accident with a truck.

Although the severity of injuries can be much worse after an impact with a big rig, car and truck drivers share many things in common when it involves vehicle collisions. The operators of both types of motor vehicles go through the same insurance claim and civil lawsuit filing process, as well as have to meet the same deadline for filing certain legal documents. Personal injury attorneys litigating car and truck accident lawsuits must prove the presence of the same four elements of negligence.

Since 1988, the personal injury lawyers at Morgan and Morgan have recovered more than $14 billion in monetary damages for clients that won favorable legal judgments. We offer the legal support of car and truck accident attorneys that exclusively work on vehicle accident cases. With an experienced car or truck accident attorney on your side, you substantially improve your chances of receiving compensation to cover the costs associated with medical bills, property damages, and lost wages.

Schedule a free case evaluation to get the compensation that you deserve.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

The personal injury lawyers at Morgan and Morgan have compiled an impressive record of helping clients receive just compensation for their financial losses. We provide our clients with several types of legal support.

Explain Your Rights

Many victims of car and truck accidents do not understand their rights after a collision. During the free case evaluation, the Morgan and Morgan attorney assigned to your case describes how much time you have to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages. You also can expect to learn what your rights are when the time comes to file an insurance claim. Without the legal support of an experienced personal injury lawyer, your insurance company might try to take advantage of you by either denying your claim or offering compensation that falls way below what you should get.

Complete a Thorough Investigation

Morgan and Morgan gives our personal injury attorneys access to properly licensed investigators to complete comprehensive investigations. During an investigation, your personal injury attorney gathers and organizes evidence such as photographs of the accident scene and the footage captured by a traffic camera. Although the law enforcement agency responding to your accident releases a formal police report, we conduct an independent investigation to determine if the law enforcement agency collected all the evidence available to both parties.

Interviewing witnesses provides your personal injury lawyer with the legal support needed to submit the most compelling physical evidence.

Acts as an Intermediary

If the other party hires an attorney and you decide to represent yourself, the odds are stacked against you because of the legal expertise of the other party’s attorney. Hiring a lawyer balances the scale of justice, as well as provides you with an intermediary who addresses every legal issue that arises. At Morgan and Morgan, our experienced personal injury attorneys have developed positive relationships with insurance adjusters located around the United States. Instead of getting embroiled in a dispute with an insurance adjuster, your Morgan and Morgan lawyer settles the dispute for you.

Participate in Negotiations

Hiring a personal injury attorney who possesses strong negotiating skills is an important factor since a large majority of civil lawsuits filed never see the light inside a courtroom. Negotiating a settlement allows you to avoid a costly and time-consuming trial. Your attorney kicks off negotiations by submitting an offer the other party’s lawyer can accept, reject, or send back with a counteroffer. If the other party sends back a counteroffer, your attorney decides whether the value of the counteroffer comes reasonably close to the fair value you have calculated for compensation.

Several rounds of counteroffers can occur until both parties either agree to a settlement or decide to take the case to the trial phase of the litigation process.

Work With a Law Firm That Operates With Integrity and Transparency

We know you have many options when it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney to handle a vehicle collision case. At Morgan and Morgan, our commitment to operating with integrity and transparency has helped us become one of the largest and most successful law firms in the United States. Our goal is to help you receive compensation to cover the costs associated with medical bills and property damage, as well as any pain and suffering you endured because of the trauma triggered by a car or truck accident.

Schedule a free case evaluation to get the legal support that you deserve.