Large commercial trucks and their drivers rarely suffer damages in accidents with passenger vehicles, but the drivers and passengers in the other vehicle are usually seriously injured or killed. Commercial trucks weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded. Even if there was only minor contact between a truck and another vehicle, the truck can cause a devastating injury accident.
The damages and injuries that result when any large truck goes out of control are extensive and often fatal. The number of commercial trucks on our streets and highways is increasing as the population grows, which means the number of collisions is also on the rise. A Rhode Island personal injury attorney at our office has extensive experience with the devastating injuries caused by this type of accident, as well as the extensive legal work necessary to recover the full amount of compensation for an injured victim.
There is a great deal of difference between the average car accident and a commercial truck accident. The truck operator often walks away from an accident with a smaller vehicle with little more than a few bruises, or completely unharmed. The occupants of the smaller vehicle often suffer serious to catastrophic injuries such as:
Truck accident survivors frequently carry the effects of these serious injuries throughout the rest of their lives. Justice must be served, and the trucking company needs to be held accountable for all damages, both economic and non-economic.
The truck operator and trucking company have a legal obligation under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations to inspect the truck regularly for mechanical defects and to keep the truck in good repair. Truck operators are often on the road for 11 hours or more per day. The trucking company is required to carry much higher amounts of insurance on a truck than the owner of a personal vehicle is required to carry.
Since federal regulations only require the truck operator and the trucking company to retain records for six months following an accident, it is imperative that you have your truck accident lawyer working on your case from as early as possible after the accident if are planning to pursue full compensation for all damages.
Commercial insurance companies waste no time in having their accident investigators arrive on the scene to conduct interviews and gather evidence to help to dispute the evidence of liability. In the case of a serious accident where the operator or trucking company is clearly liable, the insurance company is often quick to offer a very low but attractive settlement to get a signed release from the injured parties. Never sign a release, accept an offer, or discuss your injuries without first getting legal representation to protect your right to the compensation you truly deserve.
Insurance companies, like any other company, are in business to make a profit. When a wrongful death or severe injuries have occurred due to negligence on the part of a truck driver or trucking company, the personal injury claims are often hotly contested by the trucking company's insurance carrier and their corporate defense lawyers in an effort to protect their profits. Our legal team works tirelessly to prepare your case and to press forward to get the case resolved fairly. Although most claims are settled through negotiation, a personal injury lawyer at our office is always ready and willing to take a case to civil court in order to help our injured client pursue the maximum in compensation.
Injured in a Rhode Island truck accident? At D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC, we have over 25 years of legal experience. We are BV rated and have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association due to our exceptional case results and our dedicated service to our clients. Our legal team fully understands how vital it is to preserve the trucking company's and operator's records, along with the "black box" (electronic on-board recorder) information, and to conduct a thorough investigation into the state of repair of the truck and the accident scene. It is estimated that approximately 20% of large trucks on the road today have serious mechanical defects.
Contact us today at (401) 308-4072 to discuss your personal injury case!