What to Expect if you were involved in a Trucking AccidentBy Stewart J. Guss on March 15th, 2016
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has been projected that traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2015 show that an estimated 26,000 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 9.3%.
Due to the large size and weight of most big rigs and other specialized work vehicles, commercial truck accidents can cause serious injuries and extensive damage. Truck accidents can also be made worse by the freight the truck is carrying. So just think about it: a typical, fully loaded commercial truck can weigh at least 25 times as much as a typical car! The physics and forces involving in an 18-wheeler accident are MUCH greater than the forces in an accident involving only passenger vehicles. This is one critical reason why you need an experienced truck accident attorney. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties, and Stewart Guss can help.
Proving Your Case Like most personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, the central legal theory for determining liability in a truck accident case is “negligence.” Essentially, that means a person injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:
- Defendant owed the plaintiff the duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury.
- Defendant failed to exercise such reasonable care.
- Defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of the injury suffered by the plaintiff.
Who is liable? The truck driver may not be the only liable party. In many cases, trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries. Sometimes, even the manufacturer or shipper of hazardous materials carried by the truck also may be held liable for injuries caused by the truck’s cargo. Trucking accidents are usually quite serious and are legally quite complex. Stewart Guss has handled hundreds of catastrophic trucking accidents over the 20 years of his career and has the experience and dedication needed to maximize a client’s recovery.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, you need a strong yet approachable advocate on your side. Stewart Guss will do whatever it takes to get you fully compensated for your injuries, and he takes pride in treating his clients like family. Pick up the phone and call 713-766-5883 to talk to us about your construction accident. Remember, your consultation is FREE, and you pay NOTHING until we win your case.