After a serious accident, you can be enormously overwhelmed by everything that seems to happen in the blink of an eye. Injuries need medical attention; your car may be completely destroyed; you have to speak with insurance agents and police officers.
These situations can be difficult enough when you are dealing another driver just like you. However, they can get much more complicated when the other driver is a commercial driver hired by a company to operate a vehicle he or she may not own. In these situations, you may have no idea who might be responsible for a crash and how to figure this out.
This is why a personal injury attorney can prove to be so helpful. Truck accidents are different from other types of accidents because of the parties involved and the fact that the rules can be different for truck drivers.
For instance, if an accident was caused faulty maintenance, the owner of the truck and/or the trucking company can be held responsible instead of the driver. If the driver was in violation of Hours of Service regulations or legally intoxicated, he or she can be held responsible, but the driver's employer may also be liable if they failed to hire, train or supervise drivers properly.
Another critical difference between car and truck accidents is the fact that truck drivers can be backed by trucking companies that typically have more resources than individual drivers. They can use these resources to intimidate or blame victims or draw out legal processes in the hopes that a plaintiff will drop their claim or settle.
This can all seem confusing and frustrating to average drivers. However, the attorneys at our firm are experienced in truck accident claims and have helped people all across Augusta recover compensation. We know these cases can be challenging and should be approached differently than traditional car accidents.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash, we encourage you visit our website to learn more about our firm and our background with these types of claims.