What Are the Special Challenges of Truck Accident Lawsuits?
Crashes with large trucks can be devastating. Thankfully, you can take the truck driver or trucking company to court for their negligence. Yet truck accident lawsuits pose a number of challenges that you wouldn’t experience in a normal car crash claim.
The bottom line: you need a skilled truck accident lawyer to help even the odds.
The attorneys at our offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Tampa, FL, would like to look at five challenges that clients often face when suing truck drivers or trucking companies for causing a crash.
1. Determining Liability in a Truck Accident Case
It can sometimes be a challenge to determine who was at fault in a truck accident case. This is particularly true if multiple parties are partially at fault for a crash, or if third parties (e.g., automakers, tire companies, local municipalities) played some role in contributing to the accident.
2. Severe Injuries May Pose Complexities
The more severe the injuries, the more a trucking company will attempt to downplay its role in a crash. This is especially the case in accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries such as the loss of limbs, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, or lifelong disability. Accident victims will need to keep all bills and receipts for their medical care needs.
3. Trucking Company Rapid Investigations
Trucking companies may deploy a rapid response team to look into the crash. This sounds good on the surface, but many times, these rapid investigation teams are looking for evidence that exonerates the driver or trucking company, or that can muddy the waters when it comes to the question of fault in the crash.
4. Dealing with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies will always strive to limit their settlement payout. Any initial offer could lowball the full extent of your injuries and their price tag. Negotiating with an insurance company on your own can be intimidating, especially given your financial needs at the moment and the realities of recovering from an accident.
5. The Financial Resources of Trucking Companies
On top of all these other challenges, trucking companies have high-profile and highly paid legal defense teams in place. If you refuse a settlement and your case goes all the way to court, it’s imperative to have an attorney you can trust who will not be intimidated by the defense.
How a Skilled Truck Accident Lawyer Can Even the Odds
When facing any of the above challenges, it pays to have an attorney who understands state crash laws and federal trucking regulations.
Your lawyer can assemble relevant evidence that strengthens your case, creating a narrative that combats the one the rapid investigation team has crafted. Your attorney can also negotiate a better settlement for you to avoid a lengthy court battle. Should your case go to trial, your lawyer will present a compelling case to the jury and help seek damages on your behalf.
You can count on Moody Law to be in your corner.
Contact the Team at Moody Law Today
Are you ready to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your accident? If so, we’re ready to listen. To set up a consultation, contact the attorneys of Moody Law today. We have offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Tampa.