CRST International Accident Lawyers
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If you spend any time on the road, then you have probably seen a CRST tractor-trailer driving alongside you. With more than 4,500 trucks on the road in North America, they are one of the largest transportation companies in the nation. With all of these trucks operating, they pull in yearly revenues in excess of $1 billion. However, if you have been the victim of an accident with a CRST truck, you don’t care about the facts and figures about the company—you just want to make sure that you and your family are taken care of.
CRST International Accident Safety Violations
According to data that has been compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA), CRST drivers have driven relatively safely. However, that does not mean that they are perfect. Over the past 24 months, CRST drivers have been in 118 crashes that resulted in an injury, and 6 crashes that resulted in fatalities according to the FMCA. In addition, CRST has been party to some lawsuits over the past few years, including a wrongful death case brought by the estate of a man who crashed into a CRST truck that had not pulled into a truck stop or gas station but rather had simply pulled off to the side of the road.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
The range of severity of trucking accidents ranges from fairly minor to severe, and similarly, the causes of these accidents can vary greatly as well.
After analyzing data from over 100,000 crashes that involved trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that one of the most common causes of these crashes is driver fatigue. This is due, in part, to the nature of being a truck driver. For most people, driving takes up only a small part of their day. However, for truck drivers, it is how they make their living. This means that it is easy to become fatigued behind the wheel, and when this fatigue is combined with other factors like poor lighting or bad road conditions, the results can be fatal.
Trucking companies can also play into the problem of trucking fatigue in the way that they structure driver pay. Drivers are typically paid by how much they drive, and companies want their drivers to drive as much as possible in order to make the most money for the company.
This means that the incentive for drivers is to stay on the road as long as possible and log as many miles as they can get. Though there are federal rules that limit driving time for just this very reason, company incentives can encourage drivers to be on the road while they are fatigued.
Driver fatigue is certainly not the only cause of truck accidents, however. As mentioned previously, environmental factors, like the time of day and the weather can play a role in causing an accident. Additionally, other driver factors lead to crashes. For example, if a truck driver is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then this can lead to accidents. A truck driver may also simply be driving irresponsibly and ignoring the rules of the road.
Common Injuries from Truck Accidents
When dealing with accidents involving trucks, the injuries can sometimes be more severe due to the sheer size and force that trucks have when they are barreling down the road. A few of the more commonly sustained injuries include:
Head and Brain Injuries
Injuries to the head area can be caused in a few different ways. For one, a forceful blow to the head can cause concussions or bleeding in the brain. In addition, whiplash is a common cause of injuries in this area. Whiplash occurs when the head is “whipped” forward as a result of a sudden change speed, such as when a car is rear-ended.
Broken bones can happen in any car accident, but due to the size and weight of a tractor-trailer, they can happen more frequently in truck accidents and can often be more severe.
Lacerations are any sort of deep cut or wound that you sustain as a result of your accident. Perhaps the most common cause of lacerations during an accident is broken glass from a window or windshield. However, during a crash, any object inside the car, whether it be a cellphone, keys, or a child’s toy can become a projectile and cause injuries.
CRST INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS
Understanding how your settlement process with a trucking company might go starts with a basic understanding of how most car accident settlements work. When two passenger vehicles collide, there will typically be a determination of fault. In a case where one driver is driving negligently and is completely at fault for the accident, that driver’s insurance will likely be on the hook for making sure that the victim driver’s medical bills and other losses from the accident are covered. The process, while it can become complicated, is relatively straightforward.
However, in an accident with a CRST truck, there is an added wrinkle. This is due to the fact that when CRST drivers are on the road, they are actually working as employees for their company, which means that CRST itself may actually be liable for your injuries. This process adds some more complications and makes it that much more important to consult with a CRST International accident attorney before taking any action.
How to File a Claim Against CRST International
Because of the possible complications mentioned in the previous section, now two truck accidents will look exactly the same. However, the process can generally be broken down into a few steps.
1. Contact an Attorney
Especially when dealing with a major transportation company like CRST International, this step is critical. Unless you have a significant amount of experience in this area, moving forward without an experienced truck accident attorney could possibly lead you to accept a settlement that is less than what it could be, or to make a mistake and damage your case. An attorney may be able to increase your chances of receiving the maximum compensation possible.
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After you have hired an attorney, they may be able to get to work on gathering the information that they will need to be able to negotiate with the other parties involved. This investigation includes things like the driver’s safety record, information from any witnesses who may have watched the accident happen, and any photo or video evidence that may be available.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
Once your attorney has the information that they need, they may be able to begin the process of negotiating a settlement with the other parties involved. At this step, an experienced attorney may be able to maximize your chances at full compensation by emphasizing the strengths of your particular case while minimizing its weaknesses.
COMPENSATION FOR ACCIDENTS WITH CRST INTERNATIONAL
The money that you my receive as a part of a settlement will be largely based on the damages that you incurred. “Damages” is the legal term for the loss or harm that you suffered as the result of the actions of another, and they can be broken down into two general categories.
Economic damages include money that you were forced to pay, or money that you were not able to earn as a result of your injuries. For example, medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages from not being able to work fall into this category. Economic damages can usually be proven with a relative degree of certainty with receipts or bills.
Non-economic damages are a bit hazier than economic damages and can be more difficult to prove. They include the pain and suffering that resulted from your injuries. For example, if the injuries that you sustained from your accident left you unable to enjoy the activities that you once loved, then it is possible that this can be compensated in the form of non-economic damages.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
All personal injury claims have what is known as a “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations simply refers to the amount of time that you have to file a claim based on a given accident.
Lawsuits that are filed after the statute of limitations have passed will likely be thrown out by the court. For example, if the statute of limitations for car accidents in a given state is 3 years, then the victim has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
An important note: the statute of limitations differs from state to state, which means it is very important to contact an experience truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident to help ensure that you do not run into problems with the timing of your case.
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