Tractor trailers are vastly different from regular automobiles, and, when it comes to accidents, they aren’t treated the same. Their accidents merit specific attention, and the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates in Roanoke, VA, advise securing legal assistance. Because of the rules and regulations surrounding tractor trailer operation, drivers are subject to coverage and liability for accidents, and fault can get confusing.
Large tractor trailer accidents can involve many injuries due to the vehicle’s size. Because of this, drivers may be subject to a variety of personal injury lawsuits from injured drivers. Depending on your situation, it’s important to hire an attorney to determine if you’re liable or not. If you’re an independent driver, your insurance may cover lawsuits, but, in some scenarios, the trucking company and manufacturer may be responsible for paying.
If you’re the victim of an accident, damages can be extensive. This can lead to lost wages, extensive medical bills, and even disability. Just like an automobile driver, you’re entitled to a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party, but the trucking company may be obligated to get involved. Since you’re an employee, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation as well. If you’re an independent contractor, however, the situation may be different. Hiring a tractor trailer accident attorney will clarify the situation.
For minor accidents, where neither driver is injured, you’re still subject to a variety of conditions. If you’re at fault, it comes to question if you or the trucking company are responsible for paying for the other driver’s damages, as well as any goods damaged in the tractor trailer. Likewise, if you’re the victim, you’re entitled to question what responsibilities you have following an accident. With multiple parties involved, it’s always best to have legal guidance—just in case.
If you’ve been in a tractor trailer accident and need assistance, turn to the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates. With over 100 years of combined experience, they will provide effective representation to ensure you achieve a positive outcome. Call (540) 342-2000 today to schedule a consultation, and visit their website and Facebook page to learn more about their car accident and personal injury services.