For those wondering if they can sue for being hit by a semi truck, it depends greatly on the circumstances. If the careless actions of a truck driver resulted in serious injuries for you, you can pursue legal action in the form of civil litigation. A personal injury lawsuit is your best option for possible compensation.
A semi truck is no match for a passenger vehicle. The forceful impact of a collision often causes catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. Rising medical costs make continuous care expensive.
You should not have to pay for the quality care you need and deserve. To learn more about your options for pursuing civil litigation, reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC today.
Determining Liability for Your Semi Truck Injuries
When a truck driver loses control of their semi truck, they place everyone around them at risk for serious harm. A fully loaded truck traveling at regular speed in perfect conditions needs the distance of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
Determining liability for your semi truck accident injuries is where our legal team can help you. Semi-truck accidents can involve one—or more—liable parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, or both.
For a free legal consultation, call 800-630-9229
Truck Driver Negligence
A truck driver must possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Violating the rules and regulations that govern their CDL can result in the loss of not only their license but their career.
Despite federal regulations regarding mandatory hours-of-service, many truck drivers lack sufficient rest while on the road. In addition to drowsy driving, truck drivers also place other motorists at risk in the following ways:
Drunk driving—The maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) level to operate a vehicle is typically .08 percent. For those with a CDL, the limit is much lower, usually at .04 percent. A truck driver who risks getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is most likely at—or exceeding—the legal limit.
Speeding—Many truck drivers are paid per mile, meaning the sooner they reach their destination, the sooner they can transport another load or return home to their families. Driving too fast for road conditions and engaging in road rage is especially dangerous when it involves a semi truck that, legally, may weigh up to 80,000 lbs. fully loaded.
There are more examples of how a truck driver can lose control of their semi truck and crash into you—too many to list here. The reality of a serious semi truck crash for you and your family means a loss of income, the probable inability to return to your career, and a lifetime of medical care and expenses.
This is not fair and you deserve justice. Our legal team stands ready to assist you through this most difficult time.
Trucking Companies and Possible Liability
The trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers as many current drivers approach retirement age. The long hours away from family result in little appeal in attempts to attract new drivers to the industry.
The pressure to fill positions and meet delivery demands can result in a trucking company using the following tactics to get new drivers behind the wheel, faster:
- Foregoing a background check for prior traffic violations and convictions.
- Failure to provide sufficient training.
- Neglection of regular truck maintenance.
No shortcuts are worth endangering the lives of innocent drivers. If you experienced serious injuries or lost a close loved one due to a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or both, a lawyer can help.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we appreciate the important role the trucking industry has in our nation’s economy. We also hold those who neglect to transport goods and materials in a safe way, responsible for the harm they cause to others.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC Now for Potential Compensation
If you want to know if you can sue for being hit by a semi truck, it’s important to remember that state law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Preparing your case and negotiating a fair settlement with insurance companies takes time. This is why contacting Ben Crump Law, PLLC without delay must top your to-do list following your accident.
Do not speak with insurance company representatives. An initial settlement offer may appeal to you and your family, however, it most likely is not enough to cover your future medical care needs.
If you accept their offer, you lose your right to pursue civil litigation later, should your medical condition worsen. It is important not to gamble with your financial future and to secure legal representation instead.
If you suffered serious injuries or lost a close loved one due to a semi-truck accident that was not your fault, let us help you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now for a free case evaluation: 800-630-9229. You owe us nothing unless we secure compensation for you.