Tips from a Semi-Truck Accident Attorney
Because semi-trucks must follow state and federal driving and operations laws that are different from the laws everyday drivers must follow, getting injured by a semi-truck can pose some unique issues. Therefore, here is some tips for those who have been injured by semi-truck accidents from a Semi-Truck Accident Attorney.
- Look at the name on the side of the trailer. Parties other than the semi-truck driver may share financial responsibility in your settlement. You need to investigate who owns the rig and whether the driver is an employee or independent contractor.
- Brush up on your history – repair history. Quality control in manufacturing and repair are regulated in the trucking business. Getting a history of repairs on the truck and researching whether a part of the truck was faulty may result in the finding that the manufacturer is liable too.
- Know your numbers. Laws regulate how much weight a semi can haul and how long the driver can travel without rest. If the driver violates these rules, that increases his or her liability for the accident. Also, because semi-truck drivers must carry insurance with higher limits than a typical vehicle, you are more likely to get significant medical and wage loss covered than if injured by a standard vehicle.
Because those injured by semi-trucks often suffer substantial injuries, professional help is crucial for a fair settlement. Frekhtman & Associates have been helping victims of semi-truck accidents and have the experience required to handle these cases. If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, contact us for a free case review.