Tragic, sometimes horrific, events happen on the roadways every day. Unfortunately, you never know when tragedy will strike you or a loved one. It is important to document the events that transpire as well as the damages you incur as a result of the accident and contact an attorney who can help you to file a claim. In many truck accidents, it may be difficult or confusing to determine who should be held accountable, and experienced truck accident attorneys can work to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries or experienced vehicular damage due to a negligent driver and you would like to learn more about your rights, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can review your case and connect you with affiliated truck accident attorneys who will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Recent Devastating Truck Accidents
The driver of a semi truck hauling mail was killed on I-70 near Deer Trail, Colorado on January 15, 2014 when the vehicle drifted off the side of the highway and crashed into a guardrail. The accident prompted an investigation that shut down the highway for most of the morning, and Colorado highway police confirmed that the man was the only individual involved in the crash. Traffic was shut down as crews continued to clean up a fuel spill and to repair a bridge that had been damaged by the crash.
On January 18, 2014, in Lafayette, Indiana, a fiery crash shut down I-65 and left drivers stranded for hours. According to Indiana State Police, a semi truck had slowed down due to a crash occurring in front of him. However, the semi trucks behind him did not brake in time, possibly because they were following too close or traveling too fast for the adverse weather conditions. A total of four cars and nine semi trucks were involved in the first crash, one truck which caught on fire, and other accidents occurred behind those. Emergency responders had difficulty reaching the scene, as there were cars on fire in every lane of the highway.
Importance of Truck Accident Attorneys
Due to the sheer size and weight difference between semi trucks and passenger vehicles, accidents caused by commercial trucks can cause significant and often catastrophic damages. It is important to seek legal counsel from truck accident attorneys, particularly because more than one party may be held responsible for the incident. For example, while the driver may have acted out of negligence and was driving while distracted, under the influence or speeding, those injured may also be eligible to hold the driver’s employer, the owner of the truck, the truck’s service company or other parties accountable, depending on the cause of the accident.
It is also important to document every aspect of the accident and obtain contact information from witnesses and the parties involved. File a police report as this may serve as evidence should you decide to proceed and start a claim. Truck accident attorneys understand the difference in liability and the complex laws surrounding trucking accidents and can help victims file for the compensation to which they may be entitled such as vehicular damages, lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish and pain and suffering.
Injured? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, the American Injury Attorney Group can inform you of your options and help answer questions you may have. We can connect you with experienced truck accident attorneys who will handle your claim and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.