Commercial vehicle accidents, also commonly called truck accidents, semi accidents, or big-rig accidents, can be very different from accidents between regular sized cars. Commercial vehicles are much larger and heavier than regular cars, and when they are involved in accidents on the road they can cause much greater damage, and injuries that are significantly more complicated from a medical standpoint.
Commercial vehicle claims are also more difficult to litigate than a more typical car accident because they require knowledge of a number of specialized areas of law such as state and Federal trucking regulations and NAFTA requirements. This makes it particularly important for you to seek out a law firm with experience in both investigating and litigating commercial vehicle accidents, and that is knowledgeable about the sorts of medical issues being involved in a wreck with a large truck can cause.
Common Types Of Injuries
Because of the size and weight of semi-trucks and the cargo they carry, the forces exerted even in a low speed impact can cause an extraordinary amount of damage. Injuries that are commonly seen in victims of an accident involving a semi-truck include:
- Head and neck injuries.
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.
- Broken bones.
- Crushing injuries.
- Traumatic amputation.
- Injuries to the chest and collarbone.
All of these injuries are complex to treat in an emergency room or hospital setting, and can result in debilitating long-term conditions, some of which will not necessarily become apparent until well after the accident. If you have been involved in a serious collision with a semi-truck it is important to make sure that your attorney has the necessary medical knowledge to be able to anticipate your potential future needs when pursuing your commercial vehicle claim.
Serious injuries have the potential to leave an accident victim with hefty long term, or even life-long, medical expenses, while also greatly reducing their potential earnings. Without the necessary medical knowledge to properly predict these expenses, an injured party can end up with financial problems that last the rest of their lives.
In any personal injury matter, the defendant’s insurance company can, and usually will, make it as difficult as possible for an injured party to recover, and, failing that, will attempt to pay the least amount of money possible on a claim.
An insurance company makes profit by paying out less in claims than they take in as premiums, so it is in their financial best interests to give you as little as possible for your injury. In claims against a commercial trucking company, the opposing party has even more of an interest in shifting the blame for an accident to the injured party; keeping their company’s driving records clean can be even more of an incentive for them than just saving on an insurance pay out.
The Green Law Group: Truck Accident Experts
If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact a representative at the Green Law Group. As with any personal injury matter, time is important; hiring an attorney quickly will result in a better eventual outcome of your case.
Speak with a member of our legal team today online by filling out the contact form on this page or on the phone at (888) 264-3780 to determine the best course of action in your potential commercial vehicle claim.