If I am the Victim of a Trucking Accident, What Can I Do?

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If you get in an accident that involves a tractor-trailer, this is a very different situation from a wreck involving two standard sized vehicles.

A truck driver is working for a trucking company, or leasing that vehicle from another individual or company. This can make it more challenging to determine who is responsible legally in the event of an accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or other type of semi-truck, those who may be held responsible for the accident, any injuries sustained, and your expenses might include the driver, the company employing that driver, the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of the truck, and even the freight loader. Trucking accidents also are more likely to cause severe or complex injuries that may take years of medical treatment to heal. Unfortunately, in certain cases, the injuries may never heal for the rest for your life or may even result in the death of your loved one who was involved in the accident.

We recommend seeking the services of an attorney for any accident where you want to seek legal action against the responsible party. However, in any accident involving a semi-truck, the need for legal representation is much higher. Companies that employ truck drivers pay higher insurance policies; thus, any accident can lead to an increase in already expensive premiums, while also being a potential black eye in public relations. In many cases, a company involved in a truck accident will do whatever it can to prevent a case stemming from that accident from ever going to court.

These companies employ large legal firms, which have teams of attorneys at their disposal who make their living in reducing the claims paid to injured individuals. These highly experienced and specialized legal professionals know all the tricks and tactics to get regular people like you to agree to settle for much less than you would receive from a lawsuit.

If you need to file suit as the result of a truck accident, you need to make sure your lawsuit is directed at the right parties. An attorney with experience in auto accident law and personal injury law such as the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey can examine the details of your case and determine all parties who bear responsibility for the mistake that led to the crash. Hiring a legal professional to fight for you and your interests protects you from the tactics of an insurance provider or a company’s legal team of “hired guns.” An experienced attorney will represent you through every step of the negotiation process while making sure to address all areas of potential compensation.

If you or someone you love has been in an accident involving a truck, contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, where we have a wealth of experience in the areas of auto accident law and personal injury law. Ready to have us fight for you? Call us at (276) 451-2056 to schedule a consultation at our office in Johnson City, TN.

Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Abingdon, VA.