There are few things scarier than being involved in a truck accident. Trucks are massive in size and weight. When they get into a collision with a smaller vehicle, those in the passenger car have very little chance of escaping without injury.
The injuries seen after a truck accident are usually catastrophic and can take months, or even years, to recover from. These injuries leave accident victims in immense pain, and many people are unable to work for quite some time. Medical bills pile up and victims have no way to pay for them.
There are legal steps accident victims can take to demand compensation for the losses they have suffered. However, truck accident cases are some of the most challenging to pursue. With more than 30 years of experience, respected litigator Pius Joseph and his team have the skills and the resources to take on aggressive trucking companies and others that may be responsible for hurting you and your family.
Get the legal help you need today by contacting the Law Offices of Pius Joseph. Our Pasadena truck accident lawyer will answer your questions and manage every aspect of your legal claim, so you can focus on your recovery. Schedule a free consultation now.
Why Truck Accidents Are More Complicated
You may think that the process of filing a claim after a truck accident is not much different from pursuing compensation after a car accident. This is not true. Truck accident cases are much more complicated, which is why no one should try to file a personal injury claim, especially one involving life-altering damages such as brain or spinal cord injuries, on their own.
One of the biggest reasons truck accidents are so much more complicated than other auto accidents is because injuries are typically much more severe, if not fatal.
Rarely do injuries heal within just a few weeks. It may take months, and sometimes even years, for a victim to fully recover. In many cases, a full recovery isn’t possible. In the worst cases, the victim doesn’t survive the crash and families are left with an irreparable loss.
These life-altering injuries make truck accidents more complicated because a victim will need to claim a much higher amount of compensation.
That amount is often difficult to calculate. Lawsuits can demand that those responsible pay not only for current expenses, but also for future expenses such as future medical bills and a loss of earning capacity. Not knowing what the future holds makes calculating this type of compensation challenging.
Proving who was at fault for the wreck is also more challenging in truck accident claims.
When two smaller vehicles get into an accident, one of the drivers is usually to blame, and by simply reviewing the circumstances of the accident, you can quickly determine who was in the wrong. Truck accidents are not like this.
While truck drivers are sometimes to blame for an accident, they aren’t the only party that should be held responsible in many cases.
There are many other people and companies involved in putting a truck on the road, including the trucking company and the truck’s manufacturer. If the trucking company didn’t provide proper training or encouraged truck drivers to break federal and state law in order to get cargo delivered faster, the truck company can be held liable. If there are defective parts on the truck that caused the accident, the truck manufacturer may be to blame. The list of potentially liable parties is long, and you need an experienced Pasadena truck accident attorney to investigate and identify all those responsible.
Lastly, insurance is one of the most complex aspects of any truck accident.
By law, trucking companies must have extensive insurance policies. These policies are not worth thousands of dollars, but millions. Just like any other insurance company, those providing trucking insurance don’t want to pay out on these huge claims. Due to this, they will work even harder to get the accident victim to accept blame or take extremely low settlements that will not even begin to fully cover the cost of injuries.
In addition to this, with many potentially liable parties involved, the accident victim may have to deal with several insurance adjusters. This can compound the problem of getting a fair amount of compensation as insurance companies fight over who is to blame.