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October 18, 2016

Hit by a commercial truck: what to do next

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If you’ve been hit by a commercial truck then it’s likely you’re not just making a claim against the driver but also the company who owns the truck too. Employers are responsible for the actions of their drivers and in most commercial truck claims the employers are also liable for the accident.

Tagged: Truck Accidents

October 10, 2016

4 things to check before choosing your semi truck accident lawyer

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When you’ve been involved in a semi truck accident, it can cause serious damage to your property and your personal health. As a truck weighs over twenty times the weight of an average car, collisions with a truck can result in significant damages.

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October 06, 2016

How common are freight accidents in the US?

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As freight trucks are commonly used throughout the United States to transport and deliver heavy goods across the country, accidents with these trucks do happen.

Since freight trucks are heavy vehicles, they can cause major damage to any property, vehicle or person they collide with.

Tagged: Truck Accidents

August 22, 2016

How to successfully claim against commercial truck accidents

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There are many factors that need to be considered before making a claim for a commercial truck accident. Commercial trucks are owned by a business, so you will need to find out if you are making a claim against the driver or owner of the company.

Since there are quite a few steps to consider when making a commercial truck accident claim, here is some advice to get you started on the right path to a successful compensation case.

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August 11, 2016

How large is a freight truck blind spot?

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All vehicles have their blind spots. As a driver, it’s your responsibility to check them to avoid causing an accident. Freight trucks have large blind spots because they’re large vehicles and the driver is usually sat higher up. The higher position can help the driver look around but they can struggle to see what is directly in front of the truck.

Freight trucks are powerful vehicles and they pose a high risk to drivers who enter their blind spots.

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August 08, 2016

Rear ended by an 18 wheeler? What you need to do next

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Being rear ended by an 18 wheeler can damage your vehicle beyond repair and cause serious injury. Compared to a car bumping into the back of you, an 18 wheeler is at least four times the size. When they’re pulling heavy cargo behind them, they can weigh several tons.

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August 04, 2016

The impact of a serious big rig accident - what can I claim for?

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Big rig accidents can cause serious damage. A big rig can be three or four times bigger than an average car, and that’s not including the trailer and cargo they pull behind them. While these large vehicles are used to transport goods across the US, they are dangerous vehicles. There are 500,000 trucking accidents every year and 5,000 of these are fatal. Being involved in an accident with a big rig can be life-changing.

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August 01, 2016

How to spot an overloaded truck on the highway

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Trucks have to follow strict weight restrictions for the safety of other road users. Overloaded trucks struggle to steer properly and they take longer to slow down.

There is a higher risk of tipping or rolling over when the truck is heavily loaded.

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June 01, 2016

5 steps to claiming compensation for a semi-truck crash

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A semi-truck (or a semi-trailer truck) is a colossal vehicle, so being involved in an accident with one can cause lots of damage to your property and to you. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck today then here are the immediate actions you must take.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash with a semi-truck, there are steps you must follow to begin your compensation claim. While you may want to immediately approach a lawyer, you can save time by doing these important steps before you speak to a personal injury attorney.

 

1. Gather all the information about the accident

First, you need to collect all the essential information your lawyer will need about the semi-truck crash.

  • Who was responsible for the accident?

Get the contact information of the semi-truck driver. In some personal injury cases with truck drivers, your lawyer may be dealing with the driver’s company rather than the driver personally. But you still need all their contact information: name, address, semi-trucklicense plate number, license information, insurance details and phone number.

  • What happened at the scene of the crash?

It helps to write a detailed account of the accident. Being involved in a sudden crash can be traumatic and make it difficult to remember every detail. Writing it down will help you remember and it will give your attorney a clear account of what happened.

Remember to include road conditions and weather, these could have been partly responsible for causing the crash.

It helps having photographic evidence of the accident. Don’t worry if you forgot to take pictures, writing a detailed account is fine. Try to remember if you are involved in any future crashes to take pictures, they can be used to support your claim.

 

2. Get witness contact information

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May 05, 2016

What to Look For When Hiring an 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer

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When hiring an 18 wheeler accident lawyer, there are certain things you need to look out for. You shouldn’t always go with the first lawyer you find. There are many different lawyers out there, and whilst it’s understandable you want to fastrack your compensation claim, you need to take some time to find the best lawyer for you and your case.

Here is what you need to look for before you hire an 18 wheeler accident lawyer:

Location

It’s easier for you if your lawyer is located in the same state as you. Having regular phone calls about your case is easy but if you want to visit your lawyer, it means you have to take time out of work to travel.

If your lawyer has to travel to see you, this takes valuable time away from your case.

Look at where your potential lawyer is based. Some firms have offices throughout the country. Have a look at the distance between you and your lawyer’s office, and consider if you can easily travel there.

Experience dealing with 18 wheeler claims

Find out what law firms have experience dealing with 18 wheeler claims. You don’t want a firm representing you if they have limited experience with road traffic accidents.

As 18 wheeler compensation claims are very specific, find a law company who has worked with these types of cases before. 18 wheeler accident lawyers will know what the best approach for your case is. They will also be able to predict how long your case will take and whether you have a strong case.

Regularly practises 

Does your lawyer regularly deal in 18 wheeler accidents? If they practise in the area you want to make a compensation claim for, this improves your odds of being successful in court.

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