18 Wheeler Accidents ~ Dan Robin, Jr., Accident Lawyer
A vehicular accident involving a commercial truck, (also known as a "Big Rig", freight carrier, long-haul truck, semi tractor-trailer) or an eighteen-wheeler can be much more catastrophic than an ordinary car accident. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it is necessary for a motor carrier to generate an additional $1,250,000 of revenue to pay the cost of a $25,000 accident. (Assuming an average profit of 2%, the amount of revenue required to pay for losses will vary with the profit margin.) Additionally, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimates System (GES) reports show in 2006, large truck accidents generated 4,321 fatal accidents, 77,000 accidents with injuries and 287,000 accidents with property damages only.
These startling statistics, along with the fact that a fully-loaded large commercial truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, shows any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries. Thankfully the incidence of fatal crashes involving large trucks has declined in recent years, but if you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a commercial truck or have had property damaged by a large rig, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties.
Seek Legal Counsel QuicklyIt is recommended you seek legal counsel quickly after any accident occurs. In order to proceed with legal recovery for injuries suffered in a commercial vehicle accident, it is important that you identify as many potential defendants as possible. In many cases, the truck driver is not the only person legally responsible for the accident. Trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries.
Additional dangers posed by commercial truck accidents could result from the nature of the freight the truck is carrying. Third parties may also be legally responsible for any injuries that were caused or made worse by the type of cargo on board. So if a shipper fails to advise a truck driver or trucking company that hazardous material is in a load of freight and the material catches fire or is released into the surrounding environment, the shipper may be liable for injuries.
While property damage and replacement is easier to handle, it is difficult to place a dollar value on injuries that incur death, paralysis, and disfigurement, generating emotional distress and pain and suffering. Expenses for medical treatment, lost income, and loss of earnings should be factored in as well.
You need a law firm that will fight hard for you!An experienced attorney will consider all aspects of the accident, the parties involved and the harm and loss you have suffered as a result of your accident, thus ensuring you receive fair compensation for your injury or loss of property.
The trial lawyers of The Law Office of Dan Robin, Jr. represent people who have been in crashes involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. Even if your claims are opposed by sophisticated insurance defense lawyers, our experience with the proof of damages in complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation can help you recover the full range of your losses.
You need a law firm that will fight hard for you! Contact our office for a free consultation if you and your family can benefit from our experience in injury claims for truck accidents.