A truck accident that results in injuries is one of the most complex legal cases, and you need an experienced attorney to represent and protect your interests. I have often told you in this website and my blogs about uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage so as to make sure my clients have the means of recovering the value of their claim(s). However, in cases involving semi-tractor trailers, we don’t have those concerns. Companies own tractor-trailers with large assets and they are required by Federal law to carry insurance. Depending upon the size of the tractor-trailer and the commodity they are shipping, chances are they have over $750,000 in insurance coverage.
More importantly though is the fact that the average car weighs about 3,000 pounds and a tractor-trailer, fully loaded, can weight 80,000 pounds. As a result, most car wrecks involving tractor-trailers tend to involve catastrophic injuries and maybe even multiple claims for wrongful death.
The trucking company has to deal with a lot of tractor-trailer wrecks every year and they are paying out more money to satisfy these personal injury claims than they want to. Of course, to combat these personal injury claims they hire the best defense attorneys, pay large legal bills and experts known as accident reconstructionists. Unlike the typical automobile accident, they are probably dealing with catastrophic injuries and trying to protect the insurance coverage and/or assets they have. After all, a tractor-trailer company has “deep pockets” and the assets available to recover the full value of the personal injury claim.
For cases involving tractor-trailers, an attorney has to look for multiple violations of Federal and/or State law to advance his client’s case
Truck drivers are governed by extensive regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These regulations are designed to keep you, the average motorist, safe on the highway. Part of my job, as your personal injury lawyer, is to determine if these regulations were violated and if these violations played a role in causing this accident. For example, truck drivers are required to keep driving logs to make sure that they have not been driving longer than they are allowed. It is the job of an INJURY attorney to inspect these logs and make sure they comply with gas receipts, delivery receipts and black box data.
An accident reconstructionist is an automotive expert who looks at the physical evidence at the scene of an automobile accident , the testimony of the driver, witnesses’ statements, black box data from the motor vehicles and remaining physical evidence at the accident scene. He then forms an opinion and issues a report with his opinions which can ultimately be placed into evidence at trial. Many times an accident reconstructionist is a retired police officer with specialized training in regard to the bio-mechanics of a car wreck. Typically, I have used reconstructionist to inspect an accident scene, and the vehicles involved in the accident, while the physical evidence can still be preserved.
If you or someone you love have been injured in a Kentucky or Indiana truck accident contact me for a free consultation at 502-609-7657. If you are unable to travel I will come to your home, work or the hospital to visit with you and discuss your case.
You have friends telling you to contact their attorney, insurance companies telling you don’t need a lawyer and twenty injury attorneys on television promising you checks.