Traffic safety is an extremely important issue for us, one that we focus on quite a bit by offering tips and tricks to everyone from automobile drivers and bikers to pedestrians and cyclists. We do what we can, but the truth of the matter is that accidents will still happen. And, sometimes, those accidents can be horrendous.
Just a couple weeks ago, a devastating highway crash occurred on I-70just west of Denver that resulted in more than two dozen cars erupting in a fiery blaze and, in the end, the deaths of four people. The crash was the result of a speeding semi-truck driver ramming into a crowd of vehicles that were backed up due to another crash farther down the highway. The truck driver has since been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide.
In addition to the loss of life, survivors who were hurt, along with the families of the victims, will undoubtedly seek restitution from the trucking company that owned the vehicle. This is a good time to understand what those individuals will be up against during the investigation phase, and we’d like to share exactly what a qualified attorney will bring to the table for all the victims involved.
Collection of Proper Evidence
Serious automobile accidents require qualified attorneys who understand the types of evidence that will be most helpful in assuring restitution for the parties involved. In this case, questions about the driver’s safety record, training, and qualifications along with the safety record of the trucking company itself have been major topics of discussion and will impact the legal process. An experienced attorney will know what evidence to insist that the trucking company preserve and how to proceed if they fail to do so.
Potential Sources of Recovery
When a company vehicle causes an accident, there can be multiple sources of recovery in some cases. There may be different insurances available for both the trucking company and the driver him or herself. Perhaps the tractor carries different insurance than the trailer. And the driver may be an independent contractor as opposed to an employee. A qualified attorney will explore all potential sources to maximize a client’s recovery.
Commercial Truck Accident Experience
Commercial truck injury claims can be complicated and are extremely nuanced. Therefore, it’s critical to enlist the assistance of a firm that is well-versed in these types of cases and investigations. If the firm has only handled passenger vehicle accidents and similar personal injury cases, it’s a good bet that it won’t know what to look for, what to ask for, and how to proceed properly. It is within your right to inquire about the firm’s credentials at any time.
Working with Experts
Given the complicated nature of a commercial vehicle claim, it is essential that a law firm has experience working with specific experts who are likely to be called in for assistance. These experts include anyone from investigators and accident reconstruction professionals to those in medicine and other related fields. Working with experts will allow an attorney to build the strongest case possible to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident, the qualified attorneys at Mintz Law Firm can and will fight for your rights. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for those injured by the negligence or recklessness of others. Reach out to us for a free, no-risk consultation on your case.