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Holding a Trucking Company Responsible for Accidents Caused by a Poorly Trained Big Rig Driver

Posted By Doan Law Firm || 6-Apr-2018

Inexperienced Semi-truck Drivers and Your Safety

Approximately 3,900 people are killed in semi-truck accidents each year. Of that number, the vast majority are passengers of automobiles involved in collisions with a semi-truck. In fact, statistics reveal that about 98 percent of semi-truck accidents result in the death of at least one individual

Commercial truck accidents are caused by a number of reason. A common cause of a semi-truck accident is an inattentive driver. High on the list of causes of commercial truck accidents is a poorly trained and inexperienced rig operator.

Who is Responsible for Training a Semi-truck Driver?

While a commercial truck driver does bear some responsibility for obtaining proper training, a trucking company is absolutely responsible for ensuring that its drivers are properly trained and have appropriate experience before they get behind the wheel of a big rig.

If an underlying cause of a semi-truck accident is deemed to be a poorly trained, inexperienced semi-truck driver, the trucking company is definitely a party responsible for the damages, injuries, and losses stemming from the accident.

In nearly any circumstance involving a commercial truck, the trucking company will be considered a party at least partially responsible for the collision. What this means is that the trucking company will be responsible for paying some, if not all, of the money awarded in a settlement or judgment in a lawsuit. In other words, the trucking company's insurance company will face the prospect of paying money to compensate an injured party of losses.

Financial Compensation in a Semi-truck Accident Case

The compensation to which you may be entitled in a semi-truck accident case depends upon a variety of factors. These include the facts and circumstances surrounding the collision itself. It also includes a consideration to the nature and extent of your damages, injuries, and losses. With that noted, common types of losses for which financial compensation is sought in a commercial truck accident case includes:

  • pain and suffering
  • mental anguish and emotional distress
  • medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • property loss
  • property damage
  • permanent injury
  • permanent disability

Keep in mind that a skilled semi-truck accident lawyer will work tirelessly to obtain financial compensation not only for your existing losses, but for those you reasonably can be expected to face in the future. For example, following a big rig accident, you are likely to require ongoing medical care and treatment. You may not be able to return to work any time soon. You may endure pain and suffering indefinitely. All of these represent the types of ongoing losses for which seeking financial compensation is appropriate.

You might also be able to seek punitive damages in a lawsuit. Punitive damages represent additional financial recovery if the conduct of the party causing an accident is particularly reckless or egregious.

Retain a Fighter from The Doan Law Firm

If you, or a loved one, were injured (or killed) in an accident caused by a inexperienced, poorly trained semi-truck operator, you best protect your legal rights by retaining the services of a skilled, experienced semi-truck accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm. The Doan Law Firm maintains a semi-truck accident lawyer hotline at (800) 349-0000 which is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year.

Call The Doan Law Firm semi-truck accident hotline any time to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our legal team. We are a nationwide semi-truck accident law firm, with offices located across the United States. We can also schedule an initial consultation with you at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your circumstances. In addition, we can arrange for a virtual consultation on line. There is no charge for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm commercial truck accident lawyer.

The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Promise

The Doan Law Firm never charges an attorney fee in a semi-truck accident case unless we obtain a favorable insurance claim settlement or lawsuit judgment for you. Simply, there is no fee unless we win for you.

Categories: Truck Accident

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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