Truck accidents often result in serious personal injury and involve extensive property damage. Knowing the potential expense of dealing with these consequences, trucking companies will often go to great lengths to avoid liability. For this reason, it is essential for truck accident victims to team up with an experienced attorney who can represent their best interests and fight for the maximum compensation they are due for the damages they have suffered.
Trucking companies may attempt to avoid liability for an accident in the following ways:
- Blaming the victim. One of the most common ways that truck drivers attempt to avoid liability is by claiming that the victim caused the accident rather than the driver. Pointing the finger at the victim, unfortunately, can be very effective for the truck company and can cost the victim his or her financial recovery. If you’ve been in an accident, you can almost be sure that the truck company will try this trick, so put a lawyer on your side to challenge their accusation. Even if you may have been partially responsible for an accident, you may still be entitled to compensation.
- Distancing themselves from the truck driver. Truck companies may attempt to claim that a driver is an independent contractor rather than an employee in order to wash their hands of any liability. An attorney can investigate whether or not this is really the case and prevent the truck company from dodging their financial responsibility.
- Downplaying the severity of the victim’s injuries. Truck companies may try to claim that the injuries suffered by the victim really weren’t that serious in order to pay far less than the settlement the victim is seeking. If you’ve been hurt, the first thing you need to do is see a doctor and get your injuries and all aspects of your care documented. This will serve as the proof you need to counter the company’s claims.
Truck accidents are serious matters requiring serious representation. If you have been hurt, we encourage you to contact a Cincinnati truck accident attorney at The Moore Law Firm as soon as possible. Our experienced team is well versed in how to maximize compensation for truck accident victims and is unwilling to back down from a fight if it means protecting the rights of our clients. Request a free case review with our firm by filling out a brief online consultation form and we will be in touch with you shortly.