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Involved in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?

Vehicle Accident

Generally, commercial vehicles are significantly larger than those that are privately owned. Big rig trucks are approximately six times bigger than passenger cars. And in the event of this type of commercial vehicle accident, the consequences will likely be particularly catastrophic.

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A commercial vehicle includes all company-owned cars, trucks, vans, or buses. An organization’s employees or agents typically drive them deeming these professionally operated and commercially insured. And in the instance of a collision, the company’s representatives, as well as its insurance carrier, will immediately investigate the occurrence.

To clear their name of fault and to avoid any compensation fees, commercial companies will apply all sources of defense. This is why, in the case of an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you must take note of what action to take quickly after.

One of the greatest challenges in a case involving a commercial truck is discerning the cause and who is at fault. That’s because drivers can be either independent contractors or may work for a large trucking company. However, in either case, both parties could be liable for your injuries in the event of an accident. It is also necessary to consider every individual who may have contributed to the cause of the incident.

Those who could hold some responsibility include not only the driver, but also the cargo loaders, truck mechanics, managers of the particular trucking company, and others within the industry. So, you’ll likely find it exceptionally difficult to identify the exact party of negligence. That’s why our legal experts can help you analyze the details to assemble a highly-valued claim.

Potential causes for a trucking accident to consider:

  1. Insufficient training. Truck driving is a specialized skill and requires extensive training. And in the case that a professional driver is inadequately prepared, they could be held liable for an accident. Such a lack of training should be included in your case’s police report.
  2. Pace pushing. Too often, trucking companies offer incentives to their drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines. This encourages drivers to push their pace, schedule, and physical limits, increasing their odds of causing an accident. In this case, the trucking company may be held liable for such carelessness.
  3. Unsecure cargo. One of the most necessary safety precautions in the truck driving industry involves loading cargo. That’s because any insecure loads have the potential to result in a catastrophic accident. An attentive loading team and high-quality restraints are necessary for a truck’s safe travel.
  4. Distracted driving. As for any driver, distracted driving is extremely dangerous. A truck driver ought to drive with professionalism, alertness, and free of distractions. This should particularly focus on the use of one’s cell phone while operating a vehicle.
  5. Dangerous road conditions. If the roads on which you drive are poorly maintained, significantly damaged, or have improper roadside construction, they may be more likely to cause an accident. In this case, construction companies or responsible government agencies may be held liable.

The Do’s and Don’ts After an Accident Involving a Commercial Vehicle:

  1. Do: Check the condition of everyone that was impacted and move your car out of traffic if you are able.
  2. Do: Report the accident immediately after and obtain a police report. You can request a copy of this, which will be useful in the case of a lawsuit.
  3. Do: Seek medical attention as soon as you can.
  4. Do: Quickly file an insurance claim. Doing so helps preserve any evidence that might support your case.
  5. Don’t: Do not admit fault and provide only the most essential details about the accident to your insurance adjuster. The fault is complicated and may be associated with several different parties involved. The accident might not be fully or even partially your fault, and this is impossible to determine until we’ve pieced together and evaluated the entire story.
  6. Don’t: Refrain from providing any audio recorded or written statements about the accident until after speaking with your attorney. An experienced lawyer will advise you on what action to take for your case’s most favorable outcome.

Each of these initial actions, taken immediately after the accident, are the most critical to your case. However, the most crucial step you take is to contact a lawyer. An attorney who specializes in catastrophic injuries will help prevent direct insurance investigations. Instead, they will handle these confrontations with expertise, so to advocate for your best interest and fair compensation. If you or a loved one has endured an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you likely face a myriad of hardships.

From physical injuries to hounding insurance companies, the challenges may seem impossible to overcome. That’s why we at William D. Shapiro Law, Inc. hope to assist you in this time of exceptional difficulty. We focus our entire practice on catastrophic injury cases and trucking accidents, making us well-prepared to handle your case involving a commercial vehicle. Opt for your best chances at success and reach out to our team of skilled and compassionate attorneys today.

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