Truck Accident Lawyers in Pocatello
Helping Victims of 18-Wheeler Accidents Financially Recover
Due to a semi-truck’s massive size and weight compared to a car or a motorcycle, being involved in a collision with one of them typically results in serious injury and even death. If you were involved in a devastating accident was caused by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, as well as pain and suffering.
However, filing a personal injury claim for a truck accident is more complex compared to car accident cases since truck drivers are backed by powerful corporations or government entities, which is why it is imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced and skilled truck accident attorney. At May, Rammell & Wells, our Pocatello truck accident attorneys have successfully handled these type of cases for many years and we are confident we can do the same for you.
What To Do if You Are Hit by an 18-Wheeler
If you are in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, your first priority should always be your immediate safety and health. If you are able, call 911 as soon as possible. Be sure to request an ambulance to the scene of the accident and to give a statement to the police. If you are able, get the driver and their employer's contact information including their drivers license, registration, and insurance. You may also try to collect witness statements from anyone who saw the accident happen along with their contact information. It's recommended that you don't talk about the accident with the truck driver and avoid discussing the accident with the other driver's insurance company. If you are involved in a truck accident it may be in your best interest to enlist the expertise of an attorney as soon as possible.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Thousands of truck accidents occur every year in the United States. When a semi-truck is full loaded, it takes about 20% to 40% farther to stop than cars and making it extremely difficult to avoid a collision, especially if the road conditions are wet and slippery. In addition, truck drivers can drive up to 11 hours each day at a stretch of up to 77 hours over a seven-day period, resulting in fatigue that may cause an accident. Truck drivers may also try to drive at high speeds in order to meet deadlines.
Common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Driver error
- Truck equipment failure or insufficient maintenance
- Overloaded cargo
- Distracted driving
- Excessive Speeding
- Inexperienced drivers
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents are some of the most devastating automotive accidents. Most of these accidents are caused by driver error either by the truck driver or other drivers on the road. Injuries sustained from truck accidents can range from minor to fatal. Some of the most common injuries that result from truck accidents are:
Back and neck injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Head and brain injuries
Cuts, bruises, and broken bones
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
After a truck accident the party most often held legally responsible is the trucking company. The main reason for this is that these companies are often caught encouraging their drivers to break truck regulations in order to save their company time or money. In some cases, the truck driver is held liable, particularly if the accident was caused directly by their negligence. May, Rammell & Wells is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to help you today.
Contact our Attorneys at May, Rammell, & Wells Today!
With more than 70 years of collective experience, our Pocatello personal injury lawyers possess the extensive knowledge of state and federal trucking regulations, driving laws, and court proceedings in order to obtain the outcome you deserve. We will do whatever it takes to protect your rights while you recover from your injury.