Types of Truck Accidents
Some types of truck accidents include:
- Rear-end truck accidents
- Head-on truck accidents
- Side-impact truck accidents
Truck accidents also vary in the damage they cause. Injury-causing and fatal truck accidents are two types of collisions that lead to the pursuit of compensation. The kind of accident that you or a loved one has experienced could be relevant when determining liability.
Investigating Your Truck Accident
Our legal team will investigate to determine the type of truck accident you were involved in to assign fault. Driver behaviors cause different types of truck accidents. For example, a rear-end truck accident can be caused by:
- A truck driver following too closely behind your vehicle
- A truck driver who is distracted, which can cause them to miss braking for vehicles in front of them
- A truck driver who is driving while intoxicated or drug-impaired
- A truck driver who is speeding, which can make it more difficult for them to stop
Rear-end accidents account for approximately 22 percent of truck (and bus) accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Other cited causes of truck crashes include the driver losing control of their vehicle due to speed and truckers veering out of their lane in an unsafe way. Understanding the type of crash that led to your personal injuries or a loved one’s passing is essential as we seek compensation on your behalf.
Determining the Cause and Liability of Your Truck Crash
We will first determine the cause of your truck accident. Through your lawsuit or insurance claim, we will then explain why the circumstances of your accident entitle you to seek compensation. The trucker who caused your accident may have failed to operate their truck safely or failed to ensure their vehicle was safe before driving.
Some of the responsibilities of a truck driver include:
- To ensure that their cargo is secured
- To ensure that their truck is within the legal weight limit
- To check tires for wear and tear as well as appropriate tire pressure
- To remain alert and sober
- To drive their vehicle cautiously and defensively
We will seek compensation through a truck driver’s insurance policy or from them personally. The truck driver’s employer can also be held liable for your accident. In some truck crashes, a driver or their employer may not be the at-fault parties.
Unsafe road conditions or vehicle failure could lead us to file a lawsuit or an insurance claim against parties other than the truck driver and their employer.
Negotiating Your Truck Accident Settlement
We will also handle settlement negotiations for you. Negotiations are a part of both an insurance claim or a lawsuit. If you bring an insurance claim, we will negotiate with the insurance company.
We will seek an insurance settlement that covers your accident-related losses. As we negotiate, we will respond to:
- An insurance company’s attempt to place blame on you for your accident
- Settlement offers that are too low
- Specific negotiating tactics from insurance companies or their lawyers
We will file a lawsuit if insurance does not cover your losses for any reason. The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that lawsuits generally result in a settlement, and we will attempt to settle your case instead of going to trial.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Losses
We can help you recover compensation for your losses. Depending on several factors specific to your accident, we can pursue compensation through:
- A wrongful death lawsuit
- A personal injury lawsuit
- An insurance claim
We can help you determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for. Insurance generally covers medical costs and damage to personal property. A wrongful death lawsuit can provide coverage for:
- Your past and future pain and suffering
- A spouse’s loss of comfort and companionship
- A child’s loss of parental guidance
- The loss of the decedent’s future wages
- The cost of the deceased’s funeral
A personal injury lawsuit could also result in compensation for your pain and suffering and medical costs. You could also receive coverage for your future loss of earning capacity.
Get Help Today by Contacting a Truck Accident Attorney
As a truck accident victim, you should not have to worry about your future when another party is responsible. We will complete all requirements of a personal injury lawsuit or claim on your behalf so that you will be able to better focus on your recovery. Call our lawyers today at (702) 707-5934 to take the next steps in pursuing compensation.