Having a commercial truck strike your vehicle may be one of the most frightening experiences you’ll ever have. Truck accidents often result in severe, life-threatening, life-changing injuries.
The road to recovery is generally long. You may need years of rehabilitative and reconstructive services Medicaid doesn’t cover. You may have to miss weeks of work. You may not be able to return to work at all.
When a commercial truck driver has been negligent then that truck driver, their employer, their insurance company, and maybe even the truck manufacturer may be held accountable. You deserve compensation for your injuries—but that doesn’t mean it will come easy.
Truck Accidents: More Complex Than Automobile Accidents
Trucking companies fight hard to keep you from recovering the money you need, even though they know how badly you need it. They don’t want a PR problem. They don’t want their insurance premiums to rise. Their insurance company contracts may even require them to assist in their defense. The trucker’s livelihood is on the line. A lot is at stake.
To make matters worse, you might not have been in much shape to strengthen your own case directly after the accident. Many truck accident victims are far too hurt to take photographs, get insurance information, or get contact information from witnesses.
Finally, truck accident cases require an in-depth understanding of the trucking industry and the laws that govern both it and commercial truck fleets in general.
Turning Over Every Stone
Your lawyer will have to investigate many aspects of your truck accident case. For example, your lawyer needs to know about the norms in the trucking industry vis a vis hiring and training drivers. Failure to adequately background check truck drivers or train them appropriately are both common reasons why accidents occur.
Lawyers must also be vigilant about understanding the laws governing when drivers must rest. Drivers are often worked to the point of exhaustion, and face the unpleasant choice between following the law and risking their jobs.
It’s also very common to find truck drivers who have indulged in drug or alcohol abuse. Getting these drivers tested and getting these tests admitted in court is imperative.
We also look into other potential problems like a failure to properly maintain the truck or secure the cargo. Mechanical failures can be deadly even if the truck driver did everything right.
If your lawyer doesn’t look into all of these potential sources of negligence you could lose your case.
Why Merchant Law?
We have a long track record of winning big settlements from big corporate interests and trucking companies. Our lawyers are deeply experienced in the variables which can impact a truck accident case and we are passionate about helping you get the compensation you deserve.
Calling us is risk free. You don’t have to pay a retainer. We work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
Get a free consultation with one of our expert lawyers today. Call (866) 225-7777 or visit our office at 2710 17th Ave SE, Suite 400, Calgary.