Trucks and tractor-trailers are larger and heavier than your average car. In an instant, they can cause devastating amounts of damage to both property and people. With so many drivers relying on highways to get to work every day, it takes just one overworked truck driver for your life to suddenly change. Additionally, many truck accidents result in tragic fatalities. In these cases, the attorneys at Ellis & Associates can help family members pursue a wrongful death claim on a loved one’s behalf. We know that no amount of compensation can atone for your loss. However, we can help send a message that irresponsible and reckless acts committed on the roadway will not be tolerated.
The Legal Complexities of Truck Accidents
After the collision, you will need to determine who was responsible with the help of your attorney. While the truck driver is likely partially responsible for the accident, other parties may be liable as well. For example, the driver’s employer may demand that drivers stay on the road longer than federal regulations allow, which can result in fatigue that slows reaction times. Or if the truck contained defective parts that contributed to the crash, the product manufacturer may have played a role in the accident as well. To make matters even more complicated, trucks and trailers are often insured by different companies. Since one or both parties may be guilty of negligence, it’s important to identify and explore all of the different lines of insurance.
Following the crash, the trucking company and their insurance company will start an immediate investigation of the scene. They may record statements from witnesses, take photos of the accident scene, and examine vehicles to determine the extent of damages caused by the crash. State authorities may also launch their own investigation into the accident.
Because truck drivers are often insured for millions of dollars and more than one party can be held vicariously responsible for a driver’s negligence, having a lawyer at your side as soon as possible will help ensure that your case is handled with the utmost care and precision. So if you or a loved one are involved in a collision involving a semi-truck, it is vital that you retain the services of an attorney ASAP.
Call Ellis & Associates Today
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the talented attorneys at Ellis & Associates have decades of experience with truck accident cases. Once you’ve chosen to retain our services, our team of lawyers, investigators, and expert witnesses will thoroughly investigate the causes of the accident to help ensure that all negligent parties are held accountable. We will work tirelessly to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, please call 800-MR-ELLIS or contact us online.