Have you noticed how many big rigs and delivery trucks are driving around the streets and highways of Detroit? We depend on these trucks to deliver the supplies and goods we need to our stores, as well as the packages we order online to our doorsteps.
While we depend on these tractor-trailer trucks and delivery trucks for our business and personal needs, we don’t always consider the risk they present to our safety. When a large truck causes a traffic accident with a much smaller vehicle, serious consequences can result, including severe injuries and even death.
We can’t do much to reduce the number of large trucks on the road. However, we can protect the rights of those who are injured in truck accidents and make sure they recover compensation for the damages they sustain. After a crash, contact a Detroit truck accident lawyer at Michigan Injury Lawyers for help.
Facts About Detroit Truck Accidents
Being involved in a truck accident is very traumatic, especially when you suffer serious injuries. Here are a few facts about truck accidents you should know.
1. Many factors can contribute to a truck accident.
Truck accidents are commonly the result of one or more of these factors:
- The driver was fatigued due to long hours and distances driving on the road.
- Defective truck parts and, in particular, malfunctioning brakes or tire blowouts can lead to an accident.
- Many drivers do not have proper training. They also might not have the experience or knowledge to load cargo properly and deal with other tricky situations on the road.
- Trucking companies might not ensure that trucks receive proper maintenance.
Investigating the elements of a truck accident can be more difficult and time-consuming than a car accident.
2. Several parties may bear liability.
Commercial firms own most of the trucks you see in Detroit. In general, the law considers the drivers of commercial trucks to be employees, which means the trucking company is financially liable when one of their drivers causes an accident.
Many times, trucking companies outsource duties to other driving companies. This means that the logo you see on the side of the truck may not be the company that employs its driver. Your attorney will investigate every detail of your case to determine who is financially responsible for your injuries.
Additionally, the law may entitle you to file claims against the manufacturer of a defective part or product that contributed to the cause of the accident. You may have to file several insurance claims, especially if you carry personal injury protection (PIP) and/or uninsured motorist (UM) policies. Your lawyer will explore all available avenues to make sure you receive the maximum compensation for your damages.
3. You may have to fight a big trucking company.
Whenever a large company is a liable party for an accident, you can bet they will have an expensive legal team representing them. These companies invest in considerable legal resources to mitigate claims against them.
It may sound intimidating to fight powerful companies, but rest assured, it’s what we do. We want to ease your burden by doing the heavy lifting for you. Let us fight on your behalf, as we have done for all of our clients. We care about restoring your health and well-being so you can get back to your life. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need to recover your past, current, and future damages.
Be Careful What You Say
Life after a truck crash can be hard to navigate, especially if you are dealing with an injury. You might lose time at work as you seek medical treatment. The medical bills are mounting, and you may need physical rehabilitation as well. This is not to mention the frustration and distress you are feeling. If this sounds familiar, you might be anxious to receive financial compensation. So, when a trucking company or insurance company comes along and offers you money, we realize the temptation is great.
However, we strongly recommend consulting with our truck accident attorneys before agreeing to any offers. In fact, accepting the first offer you receive from a company is the last thing you should do, even if it seems like a fair deal.
Remember, trucking companies, insurance agencies, and their legal teams are widely known to employ tactics designed to undercut your damage claims. One such maneuver is to extend a small settlement offer to you right away. Their job is to save money at your expense, so their first offer is usually for an amount that is considerably less than you deserve. In this case, they are counting on you to be unaware of the real value of your case.
Michigan Injury Lawyers will preserve your rights and always do what is best for you. Before you say or agree to anything, always consult with your truck accident attorney and make sure you understand the compensation you need to cover your losses. Refer truck or insurance companies to speak with us, and let us argue your case for you. We’ll do everything we can to obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.
We understand that dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident can be frustrating at best and overwhelming at worst. Nevertheless, seek legal justice as soon as you can if you want a favorable outcome.
The statute of limitations assigns deadlines for filing truck accident lawsuits. In Michigan, the statute is three years from the date of the injury. To help your attorney investigate the case, secure evidence, and exhaust all avenues to get you the most compensation possible, contact a truck accident attorney immediately after your accident.
Get Help from a Detroit Truck Accident Attorney
If you sustain injuries in a truck crash, fight for compensation for your losses from the negligent truck driver, trucking company, or another liable party. Speak with a Detroit truck accident attorney today to learn what type of compensation you may recover. Contact our team or call Michigan Injury Lawyers at (888) 454-0801 to schedule a free initial consultation and get answers to any questions you may have.