Truck Accident Facts
Truck accidents are often deadly because they involve large commercial trucks colliding with smaller vehicles. Large tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, dump trucks, construction trucks fit within this category. To many of us, it seems that these trucks feel no need for road manners. Unfortunately, the lack of road manners produces deadly results. Large commercial truck travel has more than doubled over the last fifteen years, resulting in serious safety consequences. In 2005 alone, 8,000 people were killed and an additional 150,000 were injured in truck crashes in the United States.
The laws governing trucks involved in interstate commerce are extremely complex. Understanding the regulations of the commercial trucking industry is essential to handling a truck accident case. Many cases turn on the truck company’s compliance with federal safety and maintenance regulations, the truck company’s failure to provide training and/or supervision of its drivers, and even possible manufacturing or design defects involving the truck itself. Experienced counsel must be retained to investigate the potential liability of the driver and the trucking company, as well as the potential liability of the manufacturer of the truck, and the potential liability of the maintenance and inspection companies.
Our firm understands that your immediate goals after a truck accident are to see that your medical bills paid and covered, that you do not suffer financially from lost wages. Our clients face mounting medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
When a truck accident has caused a permanent disabling injury, our goal is to provide our client with the funds necessary to make up for the inability to work, as well as funds necessary to pay for long term medical care needs. Members of the immediate family often suffer as well, both financially and emotionally. In the event of a catastrophic injury or death, families feel as though the fabric of their lives has been suddenly ripped apart.
We always strive to ensure that the proceeds from any case will be used as intended, i.e. to provide our clients with the necessary health care, maintenance and support. In doing so, we utilize the services of physicians and other health care providers, vocational counselors, and professional life care planners.
At The Abelson Law Firm, we will promptly investigate a crash, determine fault and seek to recover all legal damages. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost and witnesses may become hard to find. The public should know that insurance companies immediately seek to protect their interests by investigating the accident immediately after its occurrence. Therefore, it is generally wise for the injured victim and/or family members to consult an attorney experienced in truck accident cases as soon as possible.