When it comes to personal injury claims, truck accidents almost belong in a category by themselves. Although they seem similar to accidents involving cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, truck accidents are often significantly more damaging and legally complex. Victims frequently suffer more severe injuries, incur greater damages, and more parties may be considered potentially liable.
Another factor to consider is the sheer number of guidelines and requirements that the U.S. government imposes on the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has many requirements that truck drivers, companies, and owners must follow. Those requirements are in addition to, and often stricter than, ordinary traffic laws.
When investigating a truck accident claim, it’s essential that your legal team understands all FMCSA requirements to know if any were violated. It’s not enough to simply determine if traffic laws were violated, as the FMCSA’s guidelines often so far beyond things like speed limits, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and avoiding distractions.
In addition, proving that negligence occurred is just the first step towards getting compensation. Truck accident claims frequently involve larger settlements than passenger vehicle accidents, and that means insurance companies are even more reluctant to pay fair settlements. To avoid paying, they’ll offer victims lowball payouts, deny their claims altogether, or simply ignore them for weeks or months.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck crash, the Roanoke truck accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm want to help you get your life back to normal. We have the experience and resources to get it done. Contact us today for a free consultation.