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Understanding the Complexity of Trucking Accident Personal Injury Claims

Published on January 24th, 2013

Some people assume that all traffic accidents are the same, but trucking accidents are much more complex than most other auto accidents. There are a number of parties involved other than the drivers, and there are factors involved that you likely do not even know about. When hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your claim following a truck accident, find a lawyer who has experience handling truck accidents and who understands the complexities involved.

Federal and State Law

Accidents involving large trucks may be governed by state law, federal law, or both. Certain federal laws establish standards for trucking companies and drivers. These laws may also establish who is responsible for your accident. There are several federal agencies that regulate truck driving, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Liability Issues

There are a number of parties that may be responsible in a truck accident. First, the truck driver may have made a mistake and be liable for your injuries. Second, if the truck driver is employed by a company and not an independent contractor, the company may also be responsible. Additionally, the brokerage company that arranges for the transportation may be liable in some cases. In accidents where a design or manufacturing mistake was involved, the truck manufacturer may be the responsible party.

Insurance Claims

Insurance companies may reduce or deny claims and try to make it seem as if the truck accident has had a smaller effect on your life than is truly the case. Your injuries may be severe and complex, and a personal injury attorney understands this and knows how to handle these types of insurance claims.

Have you been injured in a truck accident? Do not try to face this complex legal situation alone. The personal injury attorneys at Shea Law Group have more than 60 years of combined experience helping victims get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a consultation, call our Chicago office at (773) 365-0040.


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