One minute you're driving your vehicle, obeying all traffic laws. Suddenly, you're bleeding, confused and disoriented. No matter how careful of a driver you are, you can be injured on the road thanks to someone else's negligence. When that other driver is behind the wheel of a commercial truck, such as a semitruck or an eighteen-wheeler, those injuries can be quite severe.
If you suffered serious injuries in an accident with a commercial truck, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Family members of those who have been permanently incapacitated or killed by an accident with a commercial truck should also seek the advice of an attorney. Your family shouldn't have to struggle because of someone else's mistake.
Trucks can cause catastrophic injuries and property damage
Many people who experience an accident with a truck sustain major injuries. From serious facial contusions requiring stitches and plastic surgery to head trauma, spinal damage and broken bones, trucks can cause serious injuries. Their size and weight make them quite dangerous to smaller vehicles on public roads. All too often, accidents with a large truck can result in a fatality to someone in the smaller vehicle. In those situations, family members have to worry about lost wages, medical bills and replacement of the vehicle among other lifelong impacts of the accident.
In addition to harming humans traveling inside vehicles, commercial trucks can destroy vehicles, damage buildings and even wreck infrastructure, such as guardrails and utility lines. A single trucking accident can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. While most truckers and trucking companies carry extensive liability insurance for this reason, insurance can't undo the damage, only cover some of the expenses. Big insurers are notorious for offering settlements that don't cover all the costs associated with an accident. Don't accept a settlement without speaking with an attorney!
Don't take on big companies or insurers alone!
Having an attorney makes negotiating much simpler. You won't have to worry about phrasing things the right way or making your point clear. You can simply let your attorney advocate on your behalf. An attorney with experience in personal injury cases understands how insurance companies work and will use that knowledge to your benefit. He or she will know Arizona law and can guide you through negotiating with an insurance company. You will also get help filing a civil suit to help recover lost wages and other expenses associated with the accident.