Big Rig Accidents
Catastrophic Truck Accidents
Few accidents are more terrifying than a big rig truck accident. The typical loaded 18 wheel big rig with trailer can weigh from 50,000 to 80,000 lbs. A vehicle of that size can do a lot of damage and, unfortunately, cause catastrophic injuries. There is no such thing as a small accident or a “fender-bender” because of the sheer volume of a big rig truck impact. Most cases will give you need for a big rig accident lawyer.
If you have been in a big rig accident, immediately seek proper medical attention for your injuries. Once the emergency has subsided, contact a big rig crash attorney. Poder Legal has a bilingual big rig accident lawyer available ready to speak to you day or night, 24/7.
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If you have been a victim of, and suffered any injury from, a big rig accident and it required you to receive medical treatment or hospitalization, a big rig accident lawyer at Poder Legal will work to get these and any future related medical costs recovered. In many circumstances, you may be eligible for ‘general damages’ for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and other inconveniences due to the big rig accident related injuries. For some cases, there may also be ‘punitive damages’, which are intended to punish the party at fault when it was their reckless and/or intentional actions that resulted in the big rig accident.
In many big rig cases, Poder Legal will acquire compensation for the damage to your vehicle, as well as the ‘loss of use’ of that vehicle for the time you are without the use of it because it could not be driven.
Big rig vehicles and drivers are represented by much different insurance company divisions than typical “civilian” drivers. These large corporate policies require a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to ensure your rights are not violated and you receive a just and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Additionally, the best interests of your insurance company may not necessarily be the same as your best interests. It is illegal for a non-attorney, like an insurance agent, to offer a legal advice. But unfortunately, many non-attorneys, no matter how well-intentioned, often offer poor advice. After any vehicle accident with injuries, you should always retain a personal injury lawyer, specifically in this case, a big rig crash attorney, so you may receive accurate and experienced legal advice regarding your specific case and your rights.
It is not recommended you try this legal process alone. As mentioned above, you may be dealing with large corporate insurance policies with a tremendous amount of red tape if you want to receive a fair compensation. Most people don’t know their rights and don’t have the legal training to navigate all this red tape. Immediately after Poder Legal takes your case, a big rig crash attorney will put together all the necessary information and inform the insurance companies to direct all communication to our office. We will do everything we can to ensure the process is as stress-free as possible so you can focus on getting healthy again, both physically and emotionally.
If you are in a big rig accident, please do the following:
- Immediately get medical attention for yourself and anyone else injured in the big rig accident. Often a victim of an accident will not realize they are injured due to shock and/or adrenaline. It is critical for all to look for the signs of an injury and to ensure proper medical attention from a medical professional is received as soon as possible.
- Make as complete a record as possible from the scene of the big rig accident. Get name, contact and insurance info from all parties involved in the accident. Use a camera or your smart phone to take pictures (and video) of the big rig accident scene. Get the names and numbers and emails of any witnesses. Completely document any damage to the vehicles and their positions, any skid marks and any additional photo evidence that could be useful to your big rig crash attorney and insurance company.
- Get a copy of the accident report as well as the police report as necessary. It’s beneficial to your legal team to have as much documentation and info as possible so we can fully defend your rights. These police and accident reports are very useful in reconstructing the big rig accident as well as establishing fault.
- Regardless of what happened in the big rig accident, we advise that you do not claim responsibility for the accident. Often, in the emotions after an accident you may feel guilt or blame, especially if there are injuries but DO NOT claim responsibility or fault. Usually there are factors that contributed to the accident that may not be immediately aware of. It’s very important that you speak to a big rig accident lawyer before making any statements of fault or responsibility as they could be held against you in the future. Regardless if new evidence is discovered after the accident that shows you were not at fault, past statements of responsibility can self-incriminate.