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Proving Your Case in a Big Truck Accident

Proving Your Case in a Big Truck Accident

Posted on October 13, 2016

By Daryl Gray

It can be pretty intimidating to go up against a big company lawyer. But if you’ve been injured in an accident with a big truck, you may have a right to money damages. A lawyer who specializes in 18-wheeler accidents can help you evaluate your case and make the best recovery possible.

Accidents with big rigs might require you to prove different things, depending on who you sue. Most of the time, you’ll have to show that someone — the driver, the trucking company, or the loading company — didn’t act with reasonable care. This would require you to show that the person you are suing had a duty to avoid injury to you but failed to do so.

Here are some examples:

  • The driver broke the rules on mandatory rest periods;
  • The driver’s employer failed to train him properly;
  • The company that loaded the truck did it improperly; or
  • The company that maintained the truck failed to find critical problems.

An experienced trucking accident lawyer can identify all the players that may have been responsible for your accident. It’s important that this is done because several different insurance companies may be involved.

Sometimes, you might be able to sue the manufacturer of your car or of a part of your car that failed. For example, some fuel fires occur when fuel contacts the battery in a vehicle. It is the responsibility of the vehicle manufacturer to take steps to prevent this from happening. If the crash occurred because something was wrong with the truck or part of the truck, then the manufacturer of the truck might also be a target of your lawsuit.

You’ll also have to show that you were injured. While you can testify about this, you must also have documentation, such as the following:

  • Medical bills;
  • Medical treatment records; and
  • Proof of loss of earnings.

Working with an experienced truck accident lawyer can put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on getting better. For a free consultation about your wreck, call the Gray Law Group, LLC at (504) 264-5552. We know that accidents can completely change your life, and we will help you get back on track.

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