Trucks and Personal Injury
If you’ve ever been involved in a car wreck, you know how inconvenient it can make your life. Now, imagine what would happen if you were involved in a wreck with a semi-truck. Think about the size of it compared to your passenger vehicle. Overwhelming thought, isn’t it?
If you’re in a wreck with a semi-truck, you could have devastating lifelong injuries, outstanding and ongoing medical expenses, and the stress involved in dealing with the company at fault. Your life would be changed forever. Here’s what you need to know about truck accidents.
What Is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is part of a larger branch of law called civil law. Personal injury occurs when one party is supposed to do something (or not do something) and when they don’t, an injury occurs to someone else. There are several elements that must be met:
- One party owes a duty to do or not do something. For example, any driver has the legal responsibility to obey speed limits that are posted specifically for trucks.
- The duty is not fulfilled. If the posted speed limit for trucks is 55 mph at night and a driver is doing 65 mph because they don’t want to be late for a delivery, that is a breach of duty. They are not obeying the law.
- The duty not being fulfilled must cause an actual injury. Semi-trucks are extremely heavy, and they do not stop as easily as passenger vehicles. They’re bigger. It takes longer to stop. So, if a big rig is speeding, it will be even more difficult to stop. If the truck is speeding and hits a vehicle over a hill that the driver could not see over, that would create an actual injury.
- The accident must meet the ‘but-for’ test. But for the truck speeding, the driver would have been able to stop in time to avoid the wreck.
If you’ve been involved in a wreck with a semi-truck and think what happens meets the above list, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help protect your legal rights.
Legal Help Is Necessary
Personal injury involving semi-trucks can do more than destroy a vehicle. It can destroy your life in more ways than one. You can be permanently injured or you can even lose a loved one. If you’ve been involved in a wreck with a semi-truck, don’t try to take on the trucking company alone. Don’t trust the insurance company to settle on your behalf. Protect your interests and your legal rights. Contact an attorney who has a proven track record dealing with big companies. Make sure that you get what you deserve – call a personal injury attorney today!
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Lynden Inc, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.