It is a fact of life that we have to share the road with big, unwieldy semi-trucks, but it is not a given that there is nothing we can do if we are seriously injured in a crash with one. Unfortunately, many people believe that trucking companies hold all the power and that injured victims are at their mercy. Find out what’s not true when it comes to Massachusetts commercial truck crashes as we bust some common myths.
Don’t Believe These Statements About Semi-Truck Accidents
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a crash with a big rig, you might give up thoughts of holding the driver and his employer responsible because you accept these statements as fact:
1. Truckers are safe drivers. You might assume that truck drivers have experience and training that makes them better drivers than non-commercial drivers. However, the truth is that a shortage of professional drivers means that many truckers are inexperienced and have had rushed training, making them more likely to cause an accident.
2. It’s impossible to take on a trucking company and win. While it’s true that trucking companies have teams of corporate lawyers working for them, it is not true that a skilled lawyer who is out for your best interests cannot win against them and get you a big payout.
3. The truck driver is always to blame. You know you did nothing wrong, but was it the truck driver who caused your crash? Maybe not. In some situations, the trucking company, maintenance team, cargo-loading company, or the manufacturer of the truck and its parts could be the liable party.
4. Any personal injury lawyer can handle a truck case. Semi-truck accident claims are technically personal injury cases, but they differ from other types of injury claims. They require knowledge of federal trucking regulations and experience taking on high-powered law firms.
5. You can’t afford a truck accident lawyer. Nothing could be further from the truth! Truck accident claims are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay any money upfront, and your attorney is only paid if he gets the compensation you deserve from the trucking company.
Don’t let acceptance of one of these myths derail your claim for compensation from a negligent trucker or trucking company.
Contact Mahaney & Pappas to Learn More
These are not the only misconceptions about truck accidents. If you have questions about things you’ve been told, come straight to the team with the answers. Reach out to our office to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer today.