You might initially think that an accident with a truck is not much different from a car accident. That, however, is far from the case. The resulting claims after a truck accident will most likely be much more complicated than any type of car accident claims. The primary reason for that is because in a truck accident, it is not just the driver who may be at fault. Rather, many parties associated with the truck may also be liable.
Accordingly, a comprehensive investigation is necessary after a truck accident in order to determine the parties who are liable. In this article, we will discuss why you need a truck accident attorney and what considerations you need to factor into any truck accident claim.
If after reading this blog, you have additional questions about your own circumstances, we welcome you to contact the seasoned truck accident attorneys at Crary Buchanan. At Crary Buchanan, we are proud of our standard of excellence, which has allowed us to thrive as one of the oldest law firms on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Our personal injury attorneys are passionate about giving you the highest quality representation. Call us today at 772-287-2600, or schedule a free estate planning consult online with our online contact form.
How Do You Know You Need a Truck Accident Attorney?
When you are in a no-fault state, like Florida, both parties turn to their own insurance companies for compensation regardless of who caused the accident. Thus, many Florida drivers do not know whether they should hire a truck accident attorney after a collision with a truck.
In reality, it is always a good idea to hire a truck accident attorney, no matter what the circumstances. Why is that? There are four main reasons:
1. Preserving Important Evidence.
Anytime you get in a truck accident, even a minor one, you need to have the police take a look at the scene. A police officer is an objective third party who can provide a report on which you can rely moving forward. If the other party rear-ended you, then the police report will reflect the fact that the other party was at fault.
2. Truck Accidents are Much More Complicated.
With truck accidents – unlike car accidents – there are many potentially responsible parties, beyond the driver of the truck. An experienced truck accident attorney will understand, and get to the bottom of, the issue of the party who is liable.
That is not to say that the truck driver is never liable. There is no question that truck drivers, like all people, are able to make mistakes and might be the ultimate reason for an accident. Yet, there are other potentially responsible parties following a collision, and they can be as follows:
1. The truck driver;
2. The relevant trucking company;
3. The people who loaded the truck;
4. Those involved in fixing and maintaining the truck;
5. Manufacturers of parts in the truck’s engine or its brakes; and
6. The leasing company that leased the truck to the trucking company.
In fact, it is common for multiple parties to be named in a lawsuit in connection with a truck accident.
3. Effectively Dealing with an Insurance Company
Also, a seasoned attorney can interact with an insurance company (which is often looking to avoid paying a claim) more effectively. Indeed, negotiating with an insurance company after a truck accident is not a simple process, particularly when there are multiple insurance companies involved – due to the fact that there are multiple liable parties.
4. You Can Focus on Healing
You may have processed a truck accident as only startling, but you might not have registered that your neck or other muscles were jerked back and forth. Perhaps a day or two later you start to feel soreness or pain in your neck or shoulders.
If you start to feel injuries only days after the accident occurred, then you will benefit from an attorney’s advice as to what steps to take in getting medical treatment. That way you can make sure that you have an accurate, provable way to value your injuries.
Moreover, an attorney who is in your corner advocating on your behalf will give you the space and peace of mind to focus on recovering from your physical injuries resulting from an accident.
Let the Truck Accident Attorneys at Crary Buchanan Help You.
Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury and wrongful death in the nation. Many factors can contribute to a traffic accident, but as noted the primary reason is negligence. Drivers are negligent in a variety of ways. A driver who falls asleep may be considered negligent. When a careless driver causes an accident, you can pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
It doesn’t matter what type of injury you sustained. You have the right to seek compensation if another driver caused you injury – even if you were partially responsible for the accident. Automobile and truck accident injuries can lead to a variety of expenses, and a personal injury claim can compensate you for these costs. Yet, you need the right legal advocate on your side to get full and fair compensation for your damages. If you or someone you love suffered and injury, speak with a Stuart, Martin County personal injury attorney from Crary Buchanan. We want to help you recover the money you need.
At Crary Buchanan, we are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in every aspect of personal injury law. You can depend upon our 85 years of experience in the Florida legal industry.
Our clients are more than case numbers; they are people. We recognize that you are an individual with unique needs and expectations. Our team is here to meet your need and exceed your expectations. When you work with us, you can have confidence that a caring legal advocate is on your side.
There is no need to be intimidated by making a personal injury claim after an auto or truck accident when you have the support of the talented team at Crary Buchanan. If you have more questions or want a dedicated personal injury attorney to help you, call 772-287-2600 or schedule a free consult online with our online contact form. You can always depend on Crary Buchanan for community, experience, and trust. Call today.