If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident then you’ve probably got a long road to recovery. Truck accident injuries are usually more severe than passenger vehicle collisions. Typically they require months or even years of long-term, follow-up care that regular health insurance doesn’t cover.
You’re entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. However, trucking companies and their insurance companies will do everything in their power to keep you from getting the money you need to recover. They want to protect their reputation and their pocketbooks, and will pull out every trick in the book to avoid having to pay you.
That’s why it’s so important to hire a first-class Edmonton truck accident lawyer the moment you are conscious and capable enough to do so. Otherwise you may fall prey to insurance company tricks designed to pay you less than you’re owed.
Win With Truck Accident Experts
When you’ve been in a truck accident you don’t want to hire just any lawyer. The commercial company that owns the truck will be against you. Their insurance company will be against you. Their driver will be against you.
All of them are prepared to fight you tooth and nail for as long as it takes to make you give up on getting the compensation you deserve.
As with any car accident you should do your best to take the following steps:
Preserve evidence immediately after the accident, including the names and numbers of witnesses.
Avoid saying anything which might tend to indicate you take responsibility for the accident. Alberta is a comparative negligence province and you can lose a lot of money just by saying the words “I’m sorry.”
Get immediate medical treatment and follow all of your doctor’s orders.
Call a lawyer immediately. Let the lawyer handle all relevant insurance companies, even your own. Do not speak to any representative from the trucking company or their insurance company if you can avoid it.
Remember, personal injury lawyers work on contingency. That means they don’t get paid unless you get paid. You’re also likely to get ten times more money with a lawyer’s help than you are without it. Call a lawyer first.
What Makes Truck Accident Cases So Complicated?
Lawyers who handle trucking cases need to be adept at pinpointing all the reasons why the accident occurred. They must know trucking law backwards and forwards, and they must know the standard, best practices of the trucking industry.
Factors which may have caused the accident include:
Negligent hiring on the part of the trucking company.
Failure to train drivers properly.
Overworking drivers, resulting in operators who are dangerously fatigued.
Alcohol and drug use on the part of the truck driver.
Failure to properly maintain the truck.
Failure to load or secure cargo correctly.
A mechanical failure on the truck, which could be the fault of a parts manufacturer.
You need a lawyer who will gather evidence about all seven factors and who isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the trucking companies in court.
Why Merchant Law
While we’re happy to settle a case when the settlement offer is fair, we’re also known as Canada’s toughest litigators. This means you can count on the team at Merchant Law to fight hard for you. We have the experience to take on the trucking companies and we won’t be intimidated.
Schedule your free consultation by calling (780) 474-7777 or by visiting our Edmonton office at:
Ledgeview Business Centre
9707 110 St NW, Suite 325
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9