Isn’t a truck accident treated like other motor accidents?
Not necessarily, since truckers and trucking companies are subject to different licensing and training requirements and state laws than private vehicle drivers. Additionally, trucking accidents tend to be more severe due to the weight of the truck. Contact a truck accident lawyer at Kalfus & Nachman by calling (800) 361-0430 to pursue your personal injury claim if you are involved in an accident with a truck.
Why is it so important to contact an attorney quickly after a trucking accident?
Commercial trucking companies want to minimize the likelihood of a claim being made against them in court. They will often offer you a quick settlement that may not cover the extensive costs of medical treatment, loss of earnings due to your injury and repair to your vehicle. Do not sign anything or make a statement to the trucking company or any insurers until you have had an opportunity to discuss your case with Kalfus & Nachman.
Who has a case for compensation after a truck accident?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or have suffered the loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to sue for compensation. Children may also sue through their parents or guardians. The truck driver, trucking company, owner, shipper, truck manufacturer, parts manufacturer or truck inspector can potentially be sued if they are deemed responsible for the accident.
Is it possible to get expert witnesses to back up my claim?
The trucking company will carry out their own investigation, using their own experts, to defend the actions of their driver and the roadworthiness of their trucks. Unless there is absolutely no question as to who was at fault, and all parties agree on this, you must be ready to counter with an independent expert witness of your own. Your personal injury attorney can advise you on this, and get the necessary tests and documentation to back up your case.
What else do I need to know about truck accidents?
Despite laws being tightened to prevent truck driver fatigue, many accidents occur because truckers take unnecessary risks in order to reach their destination within unreasonable target times. Or, faulty truck parts missed during a regular truck inspection may have caused your accident. The personal injury attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman can guide you through the complex process of making your claim for compensation after a truck accident.
Please contact a tractor trailer accident lawyer today by calling (800) 361-0430 or completing our online form if you are in Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Roanoke, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.