The large size and heavy weight of a commercial truck make these accidents incredibly dangerous. Combine size with hazardous loads, unmaintained trucks, or faulty loading practices, and you have a recipe for potential disaster. After an accident with a big truck, people also typically find that truck companies have large insurance companies that are uninterested in compensating you with a fair and appropriate settlement so you can get your life and finances back in order. This is why it's absolutely essential to hire a semi-truck accident lawyer in Santa Fe, NM.
If you've been hurt in a truck accident and are unsure where to turn, call or text Impact Legal to set up a free initial consultation with our experienced and trusted attorneys. You can reach us at 505-386-2807, or fill out our convenient online form.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Causes of semi-truck accidents span the gamut. From driver error to cargo loading mistakes to unmaintained vehicles, truck accidents can happen for multiple reasons. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that truck accidents often happen for three top reasons: trucks crossing travel lanes or onto the shoulder of the road; loss of driver control due to several factors including weather conditions, shifting cargo, etc; and rear-end collisions with drivers in the same travel lane. In addition to these three top causes, here are some other common causes of commercial truck accidents:
- Driver Mistakes
- Driver Negligence
- Inadequate or Incomplete Training
- Improper Maintenance
- Improper Loading Practices; Shifting Cargo Loads
- Poor Weather Conditions
Who's At Fault in a Truck Accident
The party who is responsible for the accident can be multiple people or entities, including the truck driver, another driver, the truck company, the company that requested the shipment, the shipping company, the truck manufacturer, the trailer manufacturer, the company leasing the truck, the truck owner, etc. As you can imagine, having multiple defendants complicates a case. Often, multiple defendants mean multiple insurance companies. In these cases, it's advisable to have a semi-truck accident lawyer in Santa Fe on your side.
Damages Available After a Semi-Truck Wreck
If a big truck accident has had a negative impact on your life and wallet, you should know that there may be legal options available to you. Frequently, following an accident, various remedies exist to help make people “whole” again, giving them a way to get their finances and life back on track. Some financial legal options may include damages for loss of wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, property repair costs, etc. Financial damages may not be the only type of damages available after a commercial truck accident. Often, non-economic damages are an option, too. These include damages for emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Some common legal remedies available after a vehicle accident include:
Economic Damages - Financial damages sustained:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Home modification expenses (related to your injury)
- Home cleaning or maintenance costs (if you are unable to maintain your home because of your injury)
- Medication costs
Non-Economic Damages - Non-monetary damages sustained:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Severe physical pain
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
The value of a case depends on the specific facts involved. A semi-truck accident lawyer will help you calculate your specific case value.
Consult a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you've been hurt, don't wait for the insurance company to do their job. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to give plaintiffs the lowest possible settlement possible. This is especially true of insurance companies that work with truck companies. Don't settle for less than you deserve. Call our semi-truck accident lawyers at Impact Legal today for a free initial case review. You can call or text us at 505-386-2807, or fill out our contact form.