I represent people who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a semi truck crash and need help. The families I represent need answers and for wrongdoers to be held accountable. I have found that this is an important part of the grieving process.
5 Things Families Need to Know
When families come to me for help, many have the same questions. Below are 5 things you and your family need to know:
It may take an independent investigation to determine how and why the accident happened. Most of the semi accident cases I handle have issues of fact. This means that I and my team of accident specialists have to reconstruct the accident to be able to prove that the semi truck driver was negligent (too tired, speeding, intoxicated, etc.) and that this negligence caused the accident. To find answers, I need to take legal action to get documents and other evidence from the truck driver, the trucking company, and often others that may be legally responsible for the accident.
- Even if a truck driver or trucking company admits fault for the crash, there may be a lot they are not telling you. Even in cases where a truck driver and/or trucking company admit fault, I dig for evidence of gross negligence that can be used for a punitive damages claim. This type of evidence is generally only obtainable by taking legal action. In addition, it can take quite a bit of digging to uncover all of the available insurance money to fairly compensate the family.
- Semi truck accident cases are different than regular car accident cases. There are many state and federal laws that semi truck drivers and semi trucking companies must follow. Violations of these commercial trucking laws impact the outcome of semi accident lawsuits. There are also steps that need to be taken as soon as possible after the accident to prevent the truck driver and trucking company from destroying evidence. The most important step is a spoliation letter, a request to preserve evidence, including documents, equipment, data, photographs, etc.
- You need to hire a lawyer with experience winning semi truck accident cases. This is important for two reasons: 1) as stated above, semi truck crash cases are different than regular traffic accident cases and 2) it generally takes a lot of money to build a winning case. My successes and those of the other accident attorneys at my law firm have provided the resources needed to litigate these cases. If you hire me to help your family, we will carry the burden of the cost of the lawsuit until it is resolved, at which time we are only paid if you win.
- It costs you nothing to talk to me to find out if I am the best lawyer for your family. I represent families throughout the United States in wrongful death semi accident cases just like yours. I am available for a free consultation. If you would like to meet with me before deciding to hire me, I can come to you at my law firm’s expense. I make hospital and house calls.
is the author of this article. He is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. He has won millions for accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against negligent drivers, trucking companies, freight companies and others. You can call 1-888-377-8900 or click here now to contact Eric for your free consultation.