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18-wheeler “big-rig” trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – 30 times heavier than the typical passenger car. When that much mass is put into motion it can generate a devastating level of damage in a collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident the first thing to know is that the trucking company has already dispatched company agents and insurance investigators to the scene with specific and detailed procedures to implement in an attempt to limit their liability and the recovery potential of victims.
It is certainly an emotional and traumatic event for you, particularly if a loved one was fatally injured or incapacitated, but to the trucking company, it is a matter of reducing the financial damage – by reducing the amount paid out in compensation.
What We Can Do For You
It is imperative that you contact Morgan & Morgan as soon as possible so we can get our truck accident attorneys to move into action for you. Our team has an outstanding reputation for professional skill and has recovered millions in damages over our years in practice, including a $6 million settlement for a client injured by a commercial truck.
Your case is unique. We want to speak with you about what happened and help you to pursue the compensation you deserve.
The first step in litigating an injury or death associated with a truck accident is to gather all evidence. In addition to the trucking company investigation, state or local authorities may also have evidence. Their investigation will be available, and our firm gets access to this information to assist in filing your claim.
Data from the truck’s “black box” can reveal the actions of the driver prior to impact. Drive logs, blood tests of the driver, and any video evidence may be available to help to support your claim.
He is one of the most powerful reasons that you want to get help from a highly qualified, experienced truck accident attorney. After the accident site has been cleaned up, the data collected by federal, state, city or county investigators can be important in filing a successful injury or wrongful death claim. Our attorneys will seek other evidence, including the following:
- Review any video footage available.
- Review truck “black box” data.
- Interview eyewitnesses.
- Study medical records to determine the degree of injury, and the expected costs of treatment.
- Review pre-accident medical records to help establish that the current injuries are not related, were made significantly worse by the impact. Attorneys can also interview medical staff for direct information.
- Review accident reports from the NTSB, and county or state accident investigators.
- Consult accident reconstruction experts to evaluate how the accident occurred.
In most cases, claims will be filed against the trucking company, as they are usually responsible for procuring the driver, providing training, and putting procedures and practices in place. The larger the trucking firm, the more aggressive the opposing legal team can be. We are not intimidated and are seasoned trial lawyers with an extensive history of high-value settlements and verdicts. We are here to level the playing field, and we are very good at what we do. We don’t back down or urge our clients to accept an unfair settlement offer. Our priority is you.
Who Gets Sued?
Any of the following parties could be held liable in a trucking accident in which injuries occurred:
- The driver.
- The trucking company.
- The owner of the truck (some cases involve an owner-driver)
- The company leasing the truck, when applicable.
- The owner of the attached trailer or the company leasing it.
- The company that loaded the truck.
- The manufacturer of any component of the truck if product liability is indicated.
As truck accidents are often so devastating, the costs associated with treating injuries can range into the tens or hundreds of thousands in just a few weeks. Beyond these initial costs, permanent injuries could render the victim unable to work and left with impairments. Our Saint Augustine lawyers will engage in negotiations with the trucking company’s insurance company, or file a lawsuit to seek full damages.
If you or a family member have been the victim of a truck accident, contact us now for a free case evaluation. We will help you to seek justice and the maximum level of compensation, based upon the facts of your case.