While it’s true that large cargo trucks and tractor-trailers follow different regulations than passenger cars, that doesn’t mean you can’t hold a negligent truck driver responsible after an accident. For the best shot at a positive outcome, you need to be armed with accurate information about how truck accident cases work. These are the four most common misunderstandings about truck accidents on Virginia roads and highways, along with the truth behind the myths.
Myth #1: I Don’t Need to See a Doctor After a Truck Crash if I Feel OK
Seeing a doctor immediately after reporting the crash is extremely important to preserve your ability to recover compensation. Always seek the advice of a medical professional after an accident, even if you feel fine. Some injuries may not be immediately visible after exiting your vehicle but can be caught early by a doctor. Many of these injuries may require additional treatment or therapy down the line.
Myth #2: Only the Driver Bears Responsibility
While the truck driver is often the primary at-fault party in a crash, there may be other people who are also responsible. You may also be able to recover damages from these sources:
- The trucking company for negligent hiring, training, and logbook practices
- Manufacturers of faulty truck parts
- Maintenance crews performing improper repairs or failing to perform repairs at all
Due to the number of possible at-fault parties, you need an attorney with extensive knowledge of Virginia trucking practices and traffic laws to gather evidence by investigating your case.
Myth #3: Insurance Will Always Cover Me After a Truck Accident
Insurance carriers are supposed to be there for customers after a life-changing accident, but the fact is that they frequently look for ways to shift fault onto you to reduce or outright deny a payout. An attorney can fight these practices your behalf by utilizing a variety of sources, from eyewitness accounts to medical records and even accident reconstruction experts. When an attorney handles your communication, insurance adjusters know they are dealing with a serious claim.
Myth #4: Truck Injury Cases Are Too Expensive to Pursue
Crashes involving large cargo trucks often result in massive damage to property and extensive wounds. You are likely to be out of work and in need of long-term recovery after a truck crash, which leads some to believe legal action may be too expensive. Every case is different, but in some instances, an attorney may be able to work on a contingency fee for serious truck accident injuries. That means you pay little or nothing upfront and your lawyer instead is paid by a percentage of any settlement you receive.
Were you or someone you love hurt when a negligent truck driver caused an accident? Contact The Mottley Law Firm to request a consultation. We want to help you get what you are owed while you recover from your injuries.