Trucking accidents can present particular challenges to victims who have suffered an injury. In addition to the immediate pain and suffering due to the injury, there are legal issues that can arise following an accident with a commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler, which are different from cases involving passenger cars.
It is important for victims of trucking accidents to proceed in the best possible way following the accident when it comes to pursuing compensation for their injuries, which could include damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Here are three challenges for victims of trucking accidents and information about overcoming them.
1. Timeframe and quick action
It can be critical that injury victims of trucking accidents act quickly following the accident in terms of pursuing a claim. Documentation that could help the case, such as trucker logs or information about the truck itself, may not be readily available the longer a victim waits before filing a case. There are legal requirements surrounding how often a trucker must take rest breaks and how many hours a trucker can drive consecutively in a 24-hour period. If a trucker’s negligence caused the accident, documentation could help support the case.
2. Catastrophic injuries
The sheer size of an 18-wheeler commercial truck means that often victims of trucking accidents suffer much worse than minor injuries, and in some cases injuries that qualify as truly catastrophic. Victims of trucking accidents may end up temporarily or permanently disabled. More severe injuries can present complex challenges in terms of seeking damages. This is where a lawyer with experience working with trucking accident victims could make a big difference in terms of results.
3. Proving negligence
One of the most difficult challenges for a trucking accident victim is often that of proving that the truck driver was at fault for the accident that led to the injuries. Some cases are clear-cut, but many cases require a thorough investigation and strong evidence to support a lawsuit. Building a strong case to demonstrate that the truck driver or trucking company was negligent and that this negligence resulted in the accident is something that a qualified attorney can help a victim with.