What Type of Truck Accident Are You Dealing With?
Make sure you have an experienced attorney investigating your crash
Truck accidents can cover a wide range – from rear-end accidents caused by delivery trucks to jackknife or rollover accidents involving tractor-trailers. Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, it’s critical that you understand your rights and the legal options available to you after your crash.
Attorney Stephen A. Longo can help you every step of the way. A skilled lawyer with years of experience handling complex cases in Colorado Springs, attorney Longo and his talented legal team at The Longo Firm, LLC understand how the legal system works when it comes to commercial truck accidents. As your lawyer, he can thoroughly investigate your crash and pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
What are common truck accidents?
Truck accidents caused by commercial truck drivers often occur because the driver was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner. This includes speeding, texting while driving and falling asleep the wheel, especially in cases involving long-haul truckers driving cross-country.
When this happens, some of the most common types of accidents caused by truck drivers include:
- Tractor-trailer accidents caused by an 18-wheeler.
- Rear-end truck accidents caused by a commercial truck driver.
- Rollover accidents caused by a large commercial truck.
- Jackknife accidents caused by an 18-wheeler.
- Underride accidents involving a tractor-trailer.
- Fatal truck accidents caused by a truck driver.
Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, it’s critical that you take action to hold the truck driver accountable for their actions. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Who investigates truck accidents?
Unlike other motor vehicle accidents, several different local, state and federal agencies often investigate commercial truck accidents depending on the severity of the accident and other factors. Such agencies often include:
- The local police department where your accident took place.
- The state police, especially if your accident happened on a state or federal highway.
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), particularly if your accident was serious or resulted in a fatality.
Along with these government agencies, don’t be surprised if the trucking company investigates your accident, as well as all the insurance companies involved in the crash. This is why it’s important that you have a lawyer on your side, carefully investigating your accident on your behalf. That way, you can be part of the conversation and make sure your best interests get the attention they deserve after your crash.
Who determines who was at fault?
Ultimately, insurance companies often have the most to say when it comes to determining who was at fault in an accident. This is because insurance companies are often the ones responsible for compensating injury victims.
This arrangement is due to many states have a fault-based insurance system. This means the at-fault party is responsible for paying for an injury victim’s accident expenses. Colorado, for example, has a fault-based insurance system.
That’s why it’s critical that you have an attorney in the state where your accident happened who thoroughly understands how the legal system works investigating your truck accident. That way, you can demand the money you rightfully deserve.
Are certain truck accidents worth more money?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to how much money different types of truck accidents are worth. Each one is different and similar accidents can be worth significantly more than other ones.
The bottom line is you should be paid for all your accident-related expenses. Such expenses can coverage a wide range and should include all past, present and future anticipated expenses, including:
- All medical care related to your accident, now and in the future.
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs.
- Replacement income if you cannot work while recovering from your injuries.
- Lost future income if cannot return to work due to a permanent disability.
The best way to know exactly how much your accident could be worth is to talk to an experienced attorney. They can review the details of your case and explain how much you deserve to be compensated for your crash.
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Commercial truck accident claims can be complicated legal cases. Many law firms avoid challenging legal matters. We thrive on them. That’s because attorney Longo truly wants to help people who need help the most.
We do things differently at The Longo Firm, LLC. You’ll notice the first time you deal with our firm. When you call us, attorney Longo will answer the phone or call you right back. If you ever have a question about your case, you can call him directly anytime on his personal phone. We work this way because we believe we should be accessible on your terms.
Get the law firm you can count on in a crisis. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation at our Colorado Springs office. We understand why accidents happen and know where to look for evidence to build the strongest possible legal case.