Truck Accident Injury Claims Require Intense Preparation and Negotiation
When semi-trucks are involved in crashes with passenger vehicles, the consequences can be significant. Not only are the people in the vehicles they collide with likely to suffer serious injuries, but the roads these crashes occur on may be shutdown for hours. That’s because complex investigations often need to occur after semi-truck crashes, especially when they happen on state highways and federal interstates.
Just as these crashes must be carefully investigated by the authorities, they also must be carefully investigated by injury lawyers representing victims. That’s because truck accidents can result in huge expenses for victims, and multiple parties may share the blame for the crashes occurring.
When law firms churn through truck accident claims for quick paydays, they either end up getting their requests denied or their clients end up getting far too little money. At Skolrood Law Firm, we understand and respect the enormity of semi-truck crashes and the challenges of winning them.
We know that insurance companies are more likely to fight back after semi-truck accidents due to the amount of money involved, and we’re well prepared for these battles. However, not all firms share this philosophy or willingness to go to war on behalf of their clients. As soon as they see “daylight” in a case, they take what they can get to move onto the next case.
Are Truck Accident Claims Worth More than Car Accident Claims?
When it comes to injury claims, it’s important to know that compensation is based on damages. That means that the amount of money a person can receive depends on how much their life was affected by their injury. The greater the medical bills, the longer they’re out of work, and the more pain and suffering they incur, the more money they may be able to receive.
That means that someone slipping and falling on a wet floor could result in a bigger payout than someone who is hit by a drunk driver at interstate speeds. That’s because the person who slipped and fell could suffer far more serious injuries, including paralysis, than the person in the vehicle, who may suffer only minor injuries.
When it comes to truck accident claims vs car accident claims, truck accident claims usually, but don’t always, result in more money for victims. That’s because of physics. Semi-trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while even oversized SUVs weigh only around 6,000 pounds. Crashes involving semi-trucks are more likely to cause greater damages than crashes involving passenger vehicles simply because they weigh so much more.
As a victim of an auto accident or any other type of injury, it can be difficult to determine how much money your claim is worth on your own. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers can investigate every aspect of your accident, including all the ways it has and will affect your life. Then, we’ll work hard to get you full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How Do Lawsuits After Box Truck Crashes Work?
Semi-trucks aren’t the only “big trucks” on the road. Big trucks also include box trucks, which can range in size from small moving trucks to massive furniture-haulers. When people are involved in crashes with box trucks, the steps they can take to get compensation can very depending on the size of them.
Many box truck crashes are dealt with the same way as any other vehicle crashes, especially if they’re under Class 7 in size (under 26,0001 lbs). That means they don’t require a CDL to operate. However, if they’re Class 7 or Class 8 and/or they’re used for interstate commerce, they can be subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
When vehicles and their drivers are subject to those regulations, there are far more ways that negligence can be a factor. For example, the driver may have failed to abide by hours-of-service regulations. Or the company using the truck may have failed to properly inspect it or load it safely.
The path your lawsuit takes and who can be held liable depend on the size of the truck that hit you and the business it was being used for. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers can investigate your truck accident and determine the best path for getting you full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.