Why Seek a Semi Truck Accident Attorney?
Due to a truck’s sheer weight and size in comparison to a normal passenger car, a semi truck accident can be especially devastating. Additionally, filing a lawsuit when you are involved in a semi truck accident is often more complicated than one involving two passenger cars, as there may be multiple parties who responsible for the incident. For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel after a semi truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group. We will help you determine if you have a claim and can connect you with a semi truck accident attorney who will assist you in filing a lawsuit.
Semi Truck Driver Hits State Trooper
On February 23, 2014, a state trooper in Utah was fortunate enough to escape death as a semi truck driver totaled the trooper’s car and attempted to flee the scene during a sobriety field test. According to one officer, the trooper was sitting in his patrol car on the side of the highway following a traffic stop when the semi truck driver sideswiped the driver’s side of the trooper’s car. The trucker voluntarily pulled over and did not appear to know what had happened.
The trooper escaped the incident without injuries, but if the semi truck had rear-ended the patrol car, the results could have been catastrophic. After failing the sobriety tests, the driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and transported to jail where he was charged with DUI, drug possession, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to multiple vehicle and traffic violations such as not keeping an updated log book and failure to operate in a single lane.
The driver was allegedly in possession of a white rock substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, a glass pipe and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Unpredictable Events Happen
Unfortunately, accidents do happen when a semi truck is involved, and no one is exempt from being hurt or killed – even state troopers. It is important to seek legal counsel from a semi truck accident attorney as soon as possible to help protect your rights.
Lawsuits filed in an effort to recover compensation are often based on negligence. Several common indications of negligence include:
- Driving for too long without taking a break
- Not stopping at weigh stations, as required by law
- Failing to obey traffic laws
- Failure to see other vehicles due to a blind spot
- Operating oversized trucks on narrow roads
- Overloading trucks
- Lack of truck driving experience
- Distracted driving
In addition to investigating the cause of the accident, a semi truck accident attorney can help you to determine who is responsible for the incident. These parties may include the:
- Manufacturer of the truck, components or trailer
- Company leasing the trailer
- Owner of the trailer, if attached
- Owner of the leasing company
- Company leasing the truck
- Owner of the truck
- Truck driver’s employer
- Truck driver
Due to the many causes for a semi truck accident and the numerous parties that may be responsible for the incident, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced semi truck accident attorney to determine your rights.
Contact a Semi Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have been involved in an incident involving a semi truck, it is important to seek legal counsel from a semi truck accident attorney as soon as possible, as statutes of limitation may bar your ability to pursue a claim in the future. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group to receive a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit. We will help answer your questions and can connect you with an experienced semi truck accident attorney. You may be entitled to seek compensation for loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs resulting from the accident.
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