If you or a family member have been hurt in a crash with a big commercial truck, you need legal help immediately. Isaacs & Isaacs truck injury attorneys are on call 24/7 to respond rapidly in your serious emergency. Call us now at 800-800-8888 to talk with an experienced and aggressive truck accident lawyer about your situation. It won’t cost you anything to call us for advice.
Recently, a semi truck rear-ended an SUV on State Road 37, then swerved and hit five other cars, sending eight people to the hospital. A big commercial truck weighing several tons that goes out of control on the highway can have a worse effect than a wrecking ball on other vehicles. Occupants of smaller cars suffer horribly in these wrecks, and not surprisingly, they don’t always survive. Victims of these horrific crashes are often so seriously injured that their lives are changed forever. They frequently face years of medical treatments and permanent disability. Without an aggressive and experienced truck accident lawyer to protect their claims, it is doubtful they will receive fair compensation from the trucker’s insurance company or other liable parties.
Most truckers do everything they can to drive safely and avoid hurting others on the road. But no matter how careful a person is, accidents sometimes happen, and when the accident involves a big commercial truck and a smaller car or cars, the consequences can be disastrous.
Proving Negligence in a Commercial Truck Accident Takes Experience and Skill
Often there are many people involved in the operation of a single semi truck. Any one of these people could do something to cause an accident, but without the help of a skilled and experienced trucking accident lawyer, you may never find out what exactly caused the crash. Because of the danger these big commercial trucks pose to smaller vehicles on the road, they are strictly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. CDL drivers owe a higher duty of care to drive safely, to get enough rest, to make sure their loads are properly secured and to keep their vehicles in good condition.
The FMCSA regulates commercial truck maintenance on properly loading the truck and securing the load, the hours a driver is allowed to work and how much rest that driver must get. Records must be kept of maintenance, loading the truck, hours the trucker works and safety inspections.
After a horrific truck crash where people are seriously injured or killed, trucking companies sometimes falsify records to hide negligence such as cutting corners on safety and repairs to save money. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows what to look for in these cases and will file a lawsuit if necessary to obtain access to evidence and records otherwise off limits.
Commercial truckers must have regular medical checkups and be certified as healthy to drive with no medications or medical conditions that would interfere with the ability to stay alert and safely operate the truck. They are not allowed to text or talk on the phone while driving. They must inspect their loads after driving a certain distance, and they must stop and rest. CDL drivers need to keep a log of these activities while on the road. If the record has been falsified to allow a driver to work longer hours, an experienced truck accident lawyer would know how to obtain the evidence to prove this is what happened.
Trucking Insurance Will Work Hard to Avoid Paying Large Claims to Accident Victims
As soon as the trucker or trucking company’s insurance carrier is notified that there’s been a big crash, they will send a team of investigators out to the truck crash site. These skilled accident scene investigators are not there to objectively assess what caused the accident. Their job is to find evidence that will allow the insurance company to avoid liability. Because these accidents are so disastrous to occupants of smaller vehicles, the stakes are high. Claims can run into millions of dollars for victims who have lost a loved one or have been left permanently disabled.
Making Contact With a Bloomington Truck Accident Law Firm
Isaacs & Isaacs sends out our own team of experienced accident scene investigators as soon as somebody calls us for help after a bad crash. We are on call day and night to respond to catastrophic accidents and protect our clients from the trucking insurance people. We know what to look for at the accident scene to prove negligence. Once we build a strong case to support your claim, chances are the liable insurance company will offer a fair settlement which accurately reflects your damages including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
A Conversation With Darryl Isaacs All About Truck Accidents
Attorney Darryl Isaacs sat down to address questions for those who have been involved in a crash involving big rig trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Join us in this radio episode of “Ask The Hammer,” the podcast exploring the legal matters that matter most. Play the episode directly below.
If we have to, we will file a personal injury lawsuit to demand access to company records to prove liability. We fight hard to get you the fair compensation you deserve and will need to rebuild your life.
Isaacs & Isaacs Will Bear the Cost of Investigating Your Accident While You Focus on Healing
Our truck accident lawyers will represent you on a contingency fee basis: you don’t owe us a penny until and unless we get your fair compensation. Let us worry about the money, while you use your strength and energy to recover and go forward with your life in the best way possible.
We are on call around-the-clock to be at your side rapidly on your worst day. Our trucking accident lawyers serve clients in all 50 states. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys, give us a call 24/7 at 800-800-8888.