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Legal Help After a Commercial Truck Crash
Commercial truck crashes, or tractor-trailer accidents, are severe and cause devastating consequences. These trucks can weigh anywhere from 20 to 40 times the weight of other vehicles on the road, making a crash involving these commercial trucks catastrophic. Each commercial truck driver must follow very specific regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Unfortunately, not every driver follows these strict rules – resulting in pain, suffering, or death for other drivers.
Trucking Companies Spare No Expense in Defense
When a truck is involved in a crash, the trucking company acts quickly to develop a defense. There is a significant amount of evidence that can be gathered from the crash report, witnesses, and the data saved on the truck’s blackbox. Trucking companies immediately start investigating evidence, in addition to hiring trucking experts, attorneys, and engineers, after a crash to defend the company and its driver. This often occurs while victims are still in the hospital, or in some unfortunate circumstances, while a victim’s family is planning a funeral.
Trucking companies will use a variety of tactics to try to prove their driver was not at fault after a crash, but these crashes can often be traced back to a failure on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company not following laws that were specifically enacted to prevent the injuries.
Why You Need an Attorney with Experience in Commercial Truck Crash Cases
Certain injury lawyers have experience handling and taking large truck crash cases to trial, but many do not. Truck crash cases require a heightened attention to detail, knowledge of applicable trucking laws, and a significant amount of work to maximize the recovery for victims of a truck crash. The trucking company will know whether the attorney handling the case has any experience taking truck crash cases to trial and will strategize accordingly. You need attorneys who will know the intricacies of the trucking industry, and who can work quickly to get ahead of trucking company tactics.
Before Hiring an Attorney for a Truck Crash Case, Ask the Following Questions:
- How many commercial truck crash cases have you previously handled?
- How many truck crash cases have you taken to trial?
- What results have you obtained in representing truck crash victims?
- Are you up to date on the specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration laws?
- Do you know how commercial trucking companies investigate after a crash?
- Do you have the financial resources to go up against large commercial trucking companies?
- Are you the attorney who will be working on my case through trial if necessary?
Matthews Injury Law: Specializing in Commercial Truck Crash Cases
The team at Matthews Injury Law knows the laws trucking companies are required to follow, such as specific requirements regarding hours driving, background checks, and ensuring the truck driver is physically healthy enough to operate the vehicle. We also are well-versed in which documents to request and questions to ask each party and official following a truck crash.
The attorneys at Matthews Injury Law have obtained verdicts and settlements totaling several million dollars on behalf of victims involved in auto accidents, including an $11 million verdict in a catastrophic truck crash that unfortunately led to the death of our client.
If you or a loved one was involved in a commercial truck crash, immediately contact the team at Matthews Injury Law. Choose a time that fits your schedule and set up a free consultation by clicking here.
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