Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
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A commercial vehicle accident lawyer helps seek compensation for those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a commercial truck or other commercial vehicles.
An accident with a commercial vehicle can be more severe than an accident involving two cars. One main difference is that commercial vehicles can be the biggest vehicles on the road, with the ability to cause the most damage.
If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial vehicle accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our truck accident attorneys.
Types of Commercial Vehicles
A commercial vehicle may be a truck, van, bus, or car that is owned and operated by a company and used by the employees of that company in the course of business. Many businesses use commercial vehicles, including USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, federal/state/local governments, construction companies, waste management companies, moving companies, etc.
Examples of commercial vehicles include:
- Delivery trucks or vans
- Mail carrier vehicles
- Construction company vehicles
- Garbage trucks
- Street cleaners
- Corporate cars
- Fleet vehicles
- Utility vehicles
- Buses, including city or school buses
- Moving trucks, vans or U-Haul
- Taxi Cabs
- Tow trucks
- Box trucks
Irresponsible driving can include a variety of things including speeding, failure to check blind spots, failure to signal a turn, distracted driving, negligent driving, rear-end accidents and aggressive driving. Irresponsible driving on behalf of the operator of a commercial vehicle is the cause of a majority of these types of accidents. If an accident occurs due to reckless driving on behalf of the operator of a commercial vehicle, the driver of the company vehicle itself may be at fault.
Drug or Alcohol Use
Drug or alcohol use is a common cause of accidents on the road. This can include both illegal drug use or prescription and over-the-counter medications. If an accident occurs due to drug or alcohol use on behalf of the operator of a commercial vehicle, the driver may be considered at fault for the accident.
One of the most common causes of these accidents is driver fatigue. Although the solutions for driver fatigue may seem simple, driver fatigue leads to thousands of accidents each year.
Many factors may lead to driver fatigue including long stretches of driving, an unhealthy lifestyle while traveling, and irregular schedules. If an accident occurs due to driver fatigue on behalf of the operator of a commercial vehicle, the driver or the company itself may be faulty.
Injuries from commercial vehicle accidents may be more common than regular car accidents simply because commercial vehicles can be so much larger than passenger vehicles. Common injuries include:
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
What to Do After An Accident
1. Seek Medical Attention
Remember that your health and safety is the top priority. You should seek appropriate, and, if necessary, immediate medical attention for your injuries. With this in mind, you should always call 911 after such an accident. Emergency medical personnel will make sure you receive the medical attention you need and will document your injuries. You will also need to show proof of your injuries when filing a claim – this proof will generally come in the form of medical reports.
2. Report the Accident
Even if you aren’t injured in such an accident, it is essential that you still report the accident to authorities. The authorities will take the necessary steps to make sure the accident is safely handled, and all injured parties receive the care they need.
3. Document the Accident
To document the accident, you should take photographs of anything and everything related to the accident itself, including your injuries. Take details of any witnesses to the accident where possible and be sure to get contact and insurance details of the person at fault for the accident. All of these details will be very useful when your attorney is building your case for you.
4. Contact a Commercial Vehicle Attorney
An experienced accident attorney can help you in a variety of ways. Experienced attorneys can investigate the facts of the accident, help you determine the parties at fault, and make arguments on your behalf to seek the best settlement on your behalf. Experienced attorneys will understand the complexities of these types of cases. They will make it easy for you to understand what to expect and will walk you through the legal rules that apply to your specific situation – allowing you to focus on your recovery.
In seeking compensation for an accident with a commercial vehicle, the party at fault must be established.
Commercial vehicle operators, specifically larger trucks like 18 wheelers or large tractor trailers, must follow numerous federal and state regulations and also must carry insurance with higher limits. Additionally, parties other than those driving the vehicles may share responsibility. For these reasons, it may be crucial to consult with an attorney to make sure you have the most substantial claim against those who were at fault in your specific accident.
Who Can I Sue?
There are several parties whom you may want to look to when considering whom to file an action against in commercial vehicle accident lawsuits.
These parties can include:
The commercial vehicle drivers themselves may be at fault because of their negligent driving led to the accident. If you can prove that the commercial vehicle driver was indeed at fault, you may be able to file a claim against them.
Because of the specific state and federal regulations, the commercial vehicle company may also be held responsible for the actions of their employees. This means you may be able to sue the company directly and receive compensation from them for the injuries you suffered.
If the accident was caused because the vehicle itself malfunctioned or was running with a defective part, you might also be able to sue the manufacturers of the malfunctioned/faulty parts.
Because of the complexity of lawsuits relating to commercial vehicles, it is advisable to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer to determine how to best move forward with a claim for compensation.
Filing a Lawsuit
1. Call a Lawyer
When considering this a lawsuit, your best option may be to call an accident lawyer. Experienced lawyers can walk you through your situation, discuss what happens after a truck crash, discuss how long your case may take to settle and explain to you possible outcomes.
It is important to have a thorough investigation of the accident you were involved in so that you will have strong evidence in support of your claim. The more thorough your investigation, the stronger the evidence you will have, and the more likely you are to be successful in your claim.
3. Case Settlement
Once your attorney has established a case for you, they will proceed to seek settlement of your case on your behalf. They will do this through negotiation with the other side, keeping you informed at each stage of negotiation.
If an agreement is reached at this stage, your case will be settled, and your attorney will discuss with you the process of getting your settlement check.
If an agreement is not reached at this stage, then your case will move to trial. Note: The majority of cases settle before ever having to set foot into a courtroom.
Because the injuries and damage sustained in these accidents can often be more severe than those in regular car crashes, the value of your settlement may be higher.
If you or a loved one has been a victim in an accident, you may be dealing with expensive medical bills or repair costs for your vehicle. You may be worried about how you are going to pay off these expenses, but remember, commercial liability policies have much higher limits.
This means that you may have a better chance of being fully compensated for the injuries or damage you suffered due to your involvement in an accident with a commercial vehicle.
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
Legal Time Limits – Statute of Limitations
A “statute of limitations” is a legal term that defines the specific length of time you have to file a lawsuit if you’ve been injured. All states have limitations on the time frame you may file such a lawsuit, but that time frame can vary substantially from state to state. For example, some states allow just two years while other states allow six years to file your claim.
Because of the possible confusion caused by various state laws you may want to consider consulting with a commercial vehicle injury lawyer who can help you determine how much time you have to make your claim. Missing such a deadline may prevent you from receiving any compensation for the injuries you suffered from the accident.
OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
The accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group have assisted many accident victims through the compensation process.
We offer free consultations and a no win no fee service. This means that you pay us nothing if we don’t win your case. We firmly believe our clients shouldn’t have to worry about fees when they should be focusing on their recovery. That’s our no fee guarantee.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact us today at (888) 234-7042 for a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers.
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