An accident involving a semi-truck usually ends in tragic results with life-changing injuries. Most times victims are paralyzed, suffer loss of limbs, or do not make it out alive. The sheer weight of a semi versus the passenger car puts regular motorists at an extreme safety disadvantage in an accident. Aside from the difference in severity of injuries brought about by a semi-truck accident, there are also different legal considerations to account for when making a claim.
The trucking industry is governed by a special set of rules and laws. These rules and laws provide that certain precautions be taken, and outline the procedures under which a trucker and trucking company may operate. When a violation is found, the consequences can be harsh, and can also provide the evidence needed for a successful claim. For example:
- Driving logs are required to be kept, tracking the hours driven.
- Proof of proper training is necessary to ensure truck drivers are equipped with the knowledge and experience to safely operate a semi.
- Routine maintenance is required.
- Proper hiring practices must be in place, to prevent a company from employing a driver with a bad record or other bad habits.
In order to gather this type of evidence you will have to investigate the accident. Most trucking companies do not willingly hand over sensitive documents, so litigation may become necessary. As with any personal injury case, you have two years to file a lawsuit in order to preserve your right to recover damages. We take an aggressive approach, so you do not miss this important deadline and we sit down with you to talk about your needs. The injuries suffered in these cases are usually devastating and require immediate and long-term care. We understand how overwhelming it can be to try and go back to work while juggling therapy and doctor appointments and work quickly to get you the best results. If you are in an accident with a semi-truck, it is beneficial to act fast and get the case started quickly. The sooner you initiate a claim, the sooner we can develop a strategy to get you the solution you deserve.
If you have been in an accident involving a semi-truck, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC right away for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.