Trucks are big, and because of their size it’s often difficult for them to stay within the same lanes as smaller passenger vehicles when they are turning. It is also easy for truck drivers to miss vehicles that are close alongside, driving in their blind spot. Truck drivers must concentrate on the road for long hours, and driver fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents. It’s not an easy job, and a simple mistake that may not be so serious if done in a car coud be very serious when done by a truck.
Facts About Truck Accidents
Statistics tell us that around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. Most fatal truck accidents occur in the day as opposed to night, and the great majority occur on weekends, when traffic is heavier. Sixty-eight percent of all fatal truck accidents happen not in cities, but in rural regions. Driving under the influence (DUI) is regarded as one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today. Trucks can become lethal weapons when driven by tired, inexperienced or intoxicated drivers.
How can I prepare beforehand in case of a Truck Accident?
Give truck drivers the space they need. Don’t drive in their blind spot. Either stay behind or pass and get ahead of them. If you are involved in a collision with a truck and you even suspect that you might be injured, get medical attention immediately. The Emergency Room of your local hospital should be your first stop. Once your medical condition has been stabilized, call us to discuss how to proceed with dealing with compensation issues.
What should I do in case I have an Accident?
- Unless your accident was completely minor and you are sure you have no injuries, head straight for the nearest Emergency Room or your family doctor for examination.
- Get recommended treatment. Use your health insurance or auto policy medpay to pay. This ensures that you will not suffer damage to your credit score due to unpaid medical bills.
- Organize and prepare all relevant medical, police, damage and health records.
- Speak with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney to determine the best course of action.
How can Comerford Law Firm help me after a Truck Accident?
The last thing you need when you are injured is to deal with insurance adjustors asking for a statement about the accident, hospital billing staff asking how your bills will be paid, and all the other details that need to be taken care of after an accident happens. You should be spending your time recovering, not doing unfamiliar business. It’s a familiar business to us, and we can help relieve you of much of the stress that comes after an accident. Comerford Law Firm diligently and zealously represents clients who have been injured in traffic, slip-and-fall, animal attack and other types of accidents. We take over communication and negotiations with insurance companies and medical providers so that you can recuperate without having to worry about financial harm that might be a result of the accident.
Our system for handling accident cases
Every accident case is different. Still, the steps involved in seeing to a fast and efficient recovery with the best physical and financial results are the same in most cases. When we represent a new client the first thing we do is ensure that he or she is getting the appropriate medical treatment, and that the treatment is being paid for so that our client will not have financial problems due to the injuries. Next we send a letter of representation to all related insurance companies and medical providers, instructing them to deal primarily with our firm and not disturb the client or his or her family. This instantly provides our clients with the peace of mind that they can concentrate on recovery while their case is being taken care of by caring and dedicated professionals who are looking out for their interests. While treatment continues we monitor the case and provide periodic updates to insurance providers so they will better understand the nature and extent of the injuries, providing a factual basis for later settlement negotiations. Clear communication with all parties is the key to successful resolution.
When treatment is finished we organize and prepare all the relevant police and medical records in a Demand Letter to the insurance company of the responsible party, summarizing the accident and the injuries and demanding a certain amount of money in settlement. We then negotiate with the company and do our best to negotiate a suitable settlement. We are proud of our record at settling cases before the need for lawsuits and litigation. Nevertheless, in those cases where negotiation does not succeed, such as when there is a genuine dispute over facts of the accident or the injuries, we are ready to file suit and take the case to the next level. It is important to note that because we take a limited number of cases each year, we are in regular communication with our clients. We always consult with them, explain their options, and make sure they are in informed agreement before taking any actions or making any settlement decisions.
WE EVALUATE EVERY CASE, DETERMINE FAIR COMPENSATION, AND WORK HARD TO GET THE BEST RESULTS FOR OUR VALUED CLIENTS.
Never a fee until we win your case.