Personal Injury Claims Lawyer Milwaukee
All auto accidents can be catastrophic, whether they involve standard cars, motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians. But in a number of ways, truck (semi) accidents are often different. As a result, truck accident insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits tend to be particularly complex, with potential for a much higher injury award for victims than may be awarded in other collision-related cases. If you’ve recently been injured in an accident involving a large truck, you may be anxious about the medical and practical costs piling up in the wake of your collision. You may also have many questions about your legal options at this time. Know that you don’t have to navigate this challenging time alone. Connecting with an experienced Milwaukee personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that you are confidently able to make informed decisions about your legal situation now and into the future.
The size differential is huge
Any collision between two motor vehicles has the potential to be injurious and even deadly. But when the two vehicles are of vastly different size and weight, one driver is clearly at much higher risk of harm. That’s how it is with truck accidents. Compared to regular passenger cars, commercial trucks:
- Weigh many times more (especially when loaded with cargo)
- Are many times larger
- Sit higher off the ground (especially underneath the trailer)
- Protect the truck driver from most injuries
- Require more time and distance to slow down and stop.
All of these factors mean that truck accidents are more likely to result in injury or death to the occupants of the smaller vehicle, while truck drivers themselves face very little risk. With that said, anyone can be hurt as a result of a truck accident and all injury victims may benefit from speaking with a Milwaukee personal injury claims lawyer about their options.
There are often multiple defendants
When you get seriously injured (or a loved one gets killed) by a negligent truck driver, you can obviously file an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit against that driver. But he or she is unlikely to be solely liable.
In many cases, you can also pursue a claim against the company that the driver works for because it is the company’s responsibility to hire safe drivers and properly train/monitor them. These companies are also responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are always in safe working order, fixing common issues like worn brakes and balding tires.
Finally, you may also be able to name the company’s commercial insurer as a defendant in the suit. By spreading out liability over these several parties, you are more likely to recover the amount of money your claim is worth. Our Milwaukee personal injury claims lawyer team can clarify who you may be able to hold liable in the wake of your particular accident.
Dangerous Driving Habits Are Sometimes Incentivized
Interstate truck drivers make their money delivering cargo all around the country. But in most cases, they are only paid for the miles they log. If they experience a delay in loading or unloading their trucks, they have to make up for lost time and money by driving as long as legally allowed (and sometimes longer). This leads to fatigued driving and aggressive driving, both of which can cause deadly crashes.
Truckers also need to stay in regular contact with their employers, and not just when their vehicles are parked. Drivers may be pressured to always answer cellphone calls or radio dispatches right away, whether they are driving or not. This leads to distracted driving, which greatly increases the risk of an accident. You can’t always know what factors have influenced the occurrence of an accident until you speak with a legal professional and allow them to investigate the unique circumstances surrounding a collision.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, know that you likely have many legal options available for your consideration. Connect with a trusted Milwaukee personal injury claims lawyer at the firm of Hickey & Turim, SC today to learn more.