The Big Challenges Of A Trucking Accident Lawsuit
There's no question that any accident can be a life-changing one. Auto accidents are far too common on Florida roads, thanks in large part to the fact that it's the 3rd most populous state and one of the most visited locations in the world. But all the businesses also mean that commercial trucks are all over the road. And if you're involved in an auto accident involving a commercial truck, you could face significant challenges that go far beyond those that occur in a passenger car accident.
There are two primary challenges that are greater in a trucking accident - the severity of the injuries and the difficulty that may be faced sometimes seeking compensation. Making a full recovery from an accident can be difficult, but these two factors make trucking accidents even more serious.
The Severity of The Accidents The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks means that they are intrinsically more dangerous. Every year, roughly 5,000 people die due to an accident involving a truck. When one collides with a passenger car or truck, it can do major damage to the vehicle and all inside it. Common injuries that you may suffer from in a trucking accident include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
In short, the worst is very much a possibility when a truck is involved in the accident. And those injuries can leave you struggling to physically heal. The more severe the injury, the more difficult the recovery process. Add to this the high financial costs associated with severe injuries - medical bills and loss of wages - and it's clear that a trucking accident could be a life-changing event.
Difficulty Getting Compensation In a passenger vehicle accident, seeking compensation is based upon fault. If one person was driving in a way that was reckless or negligent, you will have the right to seek compensation for your injuries that were caused by their negligence. In a trucking accident, the process is very similar - those who are negligent or reckless can be held financially responsible for the injuries you sustain in an accident. Recklessness or negligence can include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving beyond legally allowed hours
- Texting while driving
- Hauling a load that is heavier than legally allowed
- And more
But while it should be fairly straightforward to get compensation, there is a big challenge with trucking related lawsuits. Since you may also be able to seek compensation from them, many trucking companies will do all that they can to avoid paying out a dime and impacting their profit margin each year. Their larger pool of resources and connections means that getting what you are owed from them is often a major struggle. They'll bully around the injured and try to stop them from getting what they deserve.
Getting What You Deserve In order to ensure that you are able to get the financial compensation you deserve, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by the recklessness of someone else and be able to stand up to the powerful trucking companies. That means that you need a legal team on your side who isn't afraid to fight for your rights.
Our team has decades of experience getting our clients what they deserve, and have experience dealing with trucking companies to make sure that they don't push around those who are hurt and struggling to recover after a serious injury. If you're injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, contact our team today to get the help that you deserve and get back on your feet.