If you have been in an accident involving any type of truck, you need representation to get you compensation to cover all your medical expenses related to your injuries. Truck accidents usually result in grave injuries due to the massive size of the vehicles involved. Plus, the damage to your car is far worse than the damage that would be caused by just another car.
If you’re wondering if you may need a truck accident lawyer, know this: being involved in a truck accident can bring on traumatic injuries, as you are at the mercy of huge commercial trucks sharing the roads with you. That vulnerability often equals more severe injuries such as TBIs and spinal cord injuries. With a typical truck weighing between 20 and 30 times as much as cars, accidents on Southern California’s roadways unfortunately come with dire consequences.
Most deaths arising from semi and trailer truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. There are many other differences, in addition to the large weight difference between trucks and cars, that work against you:
- Trucks are taller with higher ground-clearance, with the better possibility that your smaller vehicle can get pinned underneath.
- Braking capability is much slower. A tractor trailer, fully loaded, takes about 40 percent longer than smaller vehicles to stop. That number is even higher with poor road conditions.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you need a commercial truck accident lawyer to navigate the complex, painful and often times unfair process that awaits.
Call Kuzyk Law for a free consultation at 661-945-6969.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when hiring a truck accident attorney:
The attorney you choose should have experience handling truck accident cases similar to yours. Keep in mind, truck accidents are not like other motor vehicle accidents. They have big injuries, big damages and big awards. Just think about the difference in being hit by a compact car vs. a semi-tractor trailer. There are several other obligations that the operator of a truck has and a lot of specialized equipment that could lead to a claim of negligence. A good attorney will know what to look for and how to preserve evidence.
Experience, word of mouth recommendations and reviews all contribute to how well a lawyer is known locally for providing top-notch service. You should first research the backgrounds of the lawyers you’re considering, talking to any references or friends that have used the lawyer in the past.
Look for key qualities, such as:
- Strong communication skills
- People skills
- Research skills
- Analytical skills
Yes, experience and technical abilities are extremely important in your search, but don’t discount the comfort factor when meeting with a particular lawyer. During your initial consultation, you should get a good sense of whether or not you want to work with that lawyer. Gut feelings are important, so keep that in mind.
When you need to hire a truck accident lawyer, a local one is best. That’s because it’s easier for you to reach them and ask them questions when you need to. Plus, local lawyers are in the zone…they know the area…the statistics…the doctors…the typical outcomes…the legal system. In a nutshell, they understand the local laws better to have the best chances of a successful conclusion.
Contact Kuzyk Law
From driver fatigue and distraction to overloading and poor road conditions, there are many components that contribute to a truck accident. Exploring the parameters of your case with Kuzyk Law’s commercial truck accident lawyers can put you on the road to recovery and financial compensation. Please call Kuzyk Law for a free initial consultation at 661-945-6969.