Have you noticed that there seems to be an increasing number of tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks on the road? That is for good reason: there are, indeed, more trucks sharing the road with us today. As our economy recovers and grows, trucks are responsible for transporting a number of products and supplies to cities and towns across the nation, as well as supporting infrastructure growth and maintenance.
With an increased number of trucks on the road, we have also seen an uptick in the number of serious truck accidents, as well. Truck accidents often cause very serious injuries and death; these massive vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds each, the force of which can mangle and kill vehicle occupants caught in their paths.
Have You Been Injured in a Serious Truck Accident?
People rarely survive a truck accident without injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and burns. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury after a truck accident, do not hesitate to call a personal injury attorney who has significant truck accident experience. You are likely facing a very difficult battle with the insurance companies that covered the truck, trailer, cargo, and driver, and these companies are shrewd negotiators.
Tractor-trailer accidents—and other accidents involving large commercial vehicles—are extraordinarily complex. Unlike a car accident, where you are dealing with the other driver’s insurance, you could be facing different insurance companies representing any number of parties involved in the accident. Many times, several different parties could be liable for your injuries, including:
- The truck driver
- The truck’s owner
- The trailer’s owner
- The shipper
- The trucking company
This can make negotiating a settlement or obtaining a judgment incredibly complicated, as you deal with each party’s representatives. Occasionally, you could be owed damages from several different parties, but pinpointing the liable parties can be a challenge for victims or even less experienced attorneys.
The Advantage of Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial trucks are regulated by several different agencies, including the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. When you are injured in a truck accident, you need legal representation that has knowledge of the federal and state regulations that apply to your accident, as well as the ability to use the law to your advantage.
Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard of care when driving, and when you are injured by a truck driver’s negligence, it is a serious offense. If you have been involved in a truck accident caused by negligence and suffered serious injuries as a result, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney to pursue the compensation that you are owed.
The truck accident injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., have represented truck accident injury victims across the country, and have secured just settlements and judgments for their medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury after an accident involving a truck, call our firm today at 202-759-5899 for a free, no-obligation consultation.