All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.
What makes truck accident cases more complicated?
Trucking accident claims involve unique challenges that are not typically part of other motor vehicle accident claims.
Log books that track issues such as driver fatigue are often inaccurate. Information like data from onboard digital recorders and other evidence can be destroyed or altered, so prompt action is necessary to preserve such evidence. Further, trucking companies often characterize a commercial driver as an “independent contractor” to minimize liability and to distance the company from a driver’s negligence. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers are familiar with such trucking industry practices and work diligently to protect important evidence as well as to unveil the reality behind a purported independent contractor relationship.
The priority after a trucking accident is to seek immediate medical care even if you only have minor symptoms. Serious injuries frequently do not manifest significant signs in the immediate aftermath of a trucking collision.
Trucking companies and their insurance carriers have investigative teams that are equipped to arrive at the scene of a trucking accident shortly after a crash. These investigators are not objective and disinterested. The role of these types of investigations is to mitigate any costs or potential liability of the trucking company.
Therefore, if you have been involved in a trucking accident caused by a negligent driver, you should contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates so that you can learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. Do not delay in seeking legal advice, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.