Truck Accident FAQ
On March 2013, the United States Department of Transportation stated there were over 10.2 million large trucks registered across America. Each day, millions of truck drivers take the roads to deliver products while traveling on our interstates and other roadways. As the number of large trucks has decreased throughout the years, the number of large truck accidents has remained the same.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our truck accident lawyers believe that if you or a loved one has been injured during a trucking accident by a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. Our legal team has great sympathy for all truck accident victims and believe that negligent driving accidents must be dealt with immediately. To learn more, call 1-800-304-9246 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form today.
What is a commercial truck?
What is the difference between a car accident and a truck accident?
The severity of the damages is the main difference between a car accident and a truck accident. Due to the sheer discrepancy in size and weight between a fully-loaded commercial truck and the average passenger vehicle, the consequences of a truck accident tend to be much worse than those of an auto accident.
Additionally, car accident claims and truck accident claims are handled very differently. A truck driver can be held accountable for the accident as well as the truck company that employs the driver. Also, truck drivers have different regulations that they are required to follow for driving and maintenance of their trucks. These are taken into consideration when investigating a truck accident claim.
Who can I sue if I am injured in a truck accident?
If you have been involved in a truck accident due to no fault of your own, there are a variety of people who may be held responsible for the wreck. The truck driver, the truck company who employs the driver, the owner of the trailer, the shipper whose goods were being shipped and/or any other entity that may have contributed to the accident may all be held accountable in the event of a truck accident lawsuit.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
It depends on the state in which the truck accident took place. In Oklahoma and Texas, personal injury and wrongful death claims have a two year statute of limitations. If the truck accident happened in Arkansas, however, you have three years to file a claim. It is not advised to wait this long to file a claim, though. The sooner you begin the legal process, the better chance you have of obtaining a favorable outcome.
If I feel fine after a truck accident, should I still go see a doctor?
Even if you do not show any symptoms of an injury immediately after you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to see a physician to make sure that there aren’t any hidden injuries. Oftentimes, truck accident victims will not feel the effects of an injury until a few days after the accident has occurred. Also, by having documentation of your injuries from a doctor, you eliminate the defense’s ability to blame the cause of your injuries on anything but the truck accident.
If I may have been partially at fault for the accident, can I still win the lawsuit?
Unless you are in Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia or Washington D.C. (which practice contributory negligence), the amount of compensation you collect depends on the degree of your fault. Known as comparative negligence, the amount of another party’s liability for the accident is determined by comparing his or her negligence with your own. In many states, you are unable to recover anything if you were 50 percent or more responsible for the accident.
If I am involved in a truck accident where the truck jackknifed, is it automatically the truck driver’s fault?
Just because a truck jackknifes does not mean that it was due to negligence or driver error, so the truck driver cannot automatically be found at-fault. If driving conditions prevented the driver from stopping the truck from jackknifing or if the truck had to jackknife to avoid another catastrophe, for example, chances are the truck driver will not be found at fault.
I was injured in a crash where a truck driver was at fault. Can I receive money for time I missed from work?
In a truck accident lawsuit, part of your recovery may include payment for lost income due to missed work, in addition to compensation for loss of earning capacity resulting from the truck accident.
Why is it important to get a copy of the driver’s log after an accident?
By law, truck drivers are only permitted to drive a certain number of hours each day before they are required to sleep. By establishing that the log was properly kept is crucial in evaluating if violation of the law caused driver fatigue and contributed to the accident.
I’ve heard that it’s dangerous to drive in a truck’s “No Zone.” What does that mean?
The “No Zone” refers to the truck’s blind spots, or the areas behind and next to the truck where the truck driver has zero or limited visibility. The No Zone is typically the left rear quarter, the right rear quarter and directly behind the truck. Many truck collisions happen because a car is riding in the truck’s No Zone.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Today
With over $100 Million won in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, the Edwards Law Firm would like to help you with your truck accident case today. Each of our attorneys has great sympathy for the victims of truck accidents and believes these victims should be entitled to the maximum settlement and verdict amounts.
With a history of serving injured victims in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, our attorneys welcome truck accident victims to call us today at 1-800-304-9246 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form at the top of this page.