Large truck drivers, such as semi-trucks, buses, eighteen wheelers and other commercial vehicles make up a relatively small percentage of overall auto accidents, but their damages can be incredible due to their size. While operators of such vehicles require specialized training and licensing, weather or road conditions, drowsiness, maintenance issues, or even neglect on the part of the driver, could cause an accident resulting in injuries or even death.
Being involved in an automotive accident with one of these large commercial vehicles could literally be the difference between life and death.
“In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8-percent increase from 2014. From 2014 to 2015, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 1.7 percent” Source: Large Truck and Bus Crash Statistics
Dealing with a Commercial Vehicle Accident
When two passenger vehicles collide, it is typical that insurance information is exchanged and auto-insurance underwriters and adjusters work to create a remedy to the situation. The more damages present, including both to the vehicles and to the passengers, the more significant the reimbursements will be to restore the situation. Often, the adjuster will make an offer that is in the best interest of the insurance company, not the injured party. However, if damages are minimal, and there is no personal injury, these cases can be settled without an attorney.
However, when a vehicle collides with a commercial vehicle, the damages to both property and your physical body can be significant. Commercial vehicles tend to carry significant weight, which slows their ability to stop in short distances, creating a much larger impact. It is not unusual to see a passenger vehicle be a total loss, and passenger requiring hospitalization.
Do I need a lawyer if I was in an accident with a commercial vehicle?
Yes. Documentation is crucial in both cases, but in the case of a commercial vehicle accident, there is additional burden on the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holder, as well as their employer. It is for this reason it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who works specifically with commercial vehicle accident cases.
Settlements in such cases are much more complicated, as are injuries. It isn’t just a matter of receiving a settlement from their adjusters, but rather ensuring all current and future medical costs are covered, as well as property damage, and pain and suffering in some cases. When permanent disabilities have occurred due to a commercial vehicle collision, that will also need to be compensated and personal injury lawyers understand how to fight for a receive fair compensation for each component of the loss.
Been involved in a car accident or a commercial vehicle accident that resulted in injuries or even death? Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help assess your rights. With over 29 years of experience in Arizona, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation when you call 480-745-2450 or click here. Remember, Experience Matters!!!