Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accidents often result in more serious injuries than accidents involving just passenger vehicles. If you have recently been injured in a truck crash, you may want to consult a truck accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Here are some common myths about truck accidents that you shouldn’t believe.
Truck Drivers Are Too Experienced to Cause Accidents
It is true that truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial license and go through more vigorous training than drivers of passenger vehicles. Operating a commercial truck is trickier than operating a passenger vehicle. However, that does not mean that trucking companies always hire experienced and qualified drivers. If they have a lot of goods to be delivered in a short period of time, they decide to hire inexperienced drivers. Unfortunately, inexperienced truck drivers may not know how to properly navigate a commercial vehicle or look out for potential hazards, increasing the risk of an accident.
Truck Drivers Are the Only Liable Parties
False. Many times, there are more than one liable parties in a truck accident. For instance, let’s say a truck driver was on the road for too many hours and caused an accident due to fatigue. In this instance, the trucking company may also be held responsible because they may have been pressuring the driver to deliver goods on a very tight schedule.
Truck Drivers Suffer As Severe Injuries As Other Drivers
This is another common myth about truck accidents. Truck drivers in a much larger vehicle than occupants of passenger vehicles, so they have more protection during an accident. Those in passenger vehicles have a great chance of sustaining catastrophic injuries, like amputations, burns, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Truck Drivers Always Cause Accidents
While truck drivers are responsible for some accidents, they are not at-fault for all of them. Sometimes drivers of passenger vehicles are responsible for truck accidents. For example, if a driver of a passenger vehicle was talking on a cell phone and did not see a truck pull out in front, that driver may be held responsible for the accident.
Breaks Are Strictly Enforced for Truck Drivers
Federal regulations prohibit truck drivers for being on the road too long without breaks. However, that does not mean that they are enforced. In fact, many trucking companies may pressure their drivers to deliver goods on very strict deadlines and even encourage them to skip their breaks. Unfortunately, truck drivers can experience fatigue and cause an accident as a result.
The Insurance Company Will Fairly Compensate You
Even if fault is clear, do not assume that the truck driver’s insurance company will automatically offer you fair compensation. As the legal professionals at David & Philpot, P.I. can confirm, insurance companies care about the bottom line first. That is why you should always have an attorney review a settlement offer before you accept it.
Schedule a consultation with a truck accident attorney today to discuss your case in detail.