What to Do if You Were Injured in an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle
The aftermath of a typical car accident generally involves conversing with the other driver, exchanging contact information, and completing the claims process through negotiations with attorneys and insurance companies.
These processes are not universal across all vehicle collision claims. One situation in which they differ is following a collision with a commercial vehicle. Commercial vehicle claims can be complex because beyond negotiations with the driver, you must also consider the presence of the driver’s employer and potentially a different entity for which the driver was hauling cargo for.
The prospect of negotiating with a large trucking company following a crash with one of their employees can (understandably) be very intimidating. Large trucking companies have the resources to access the support of comprehensive insurance coverage and a strong legal team.
Although the presence of a large trucking company and their support system may seem like a challenge, it can also be an asset for you. Large trucking companies often keep detailed records of their vehicle maintenance, disciplinary history, and hiring practices, which can be used to your advantage. It is possible that the trucking company is liable for the driver’s negligence — for example, the employer may have ignored an employee’s past reckless driving charges and hired them anyway, putting you in danger. The trucking company typically will have more resources to compensate you for your damages in the event that they are found liable.
With Shaffer Madia Law on your side, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the intricacies of a commercial vehicle accident. We can help you recover evidence of the driver’s and the business’ negligence and build a case for you to receive compensation. Our experienced attorneys understand the multiple layers of these types of cases, and are prepared to help you navigate your claim.
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