Experienced Guidance For Serious Truck Accidents
Accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as a semi truck, can quickly become complicated and difficult to navigate. Whether you are a truck driver injured while working or a motorist hit by a commercial truck, you will need an experienced attorney to guide you through the complicated legal process following a truck accident.
The attorneys at DiFruscia Law Offices have been fighting for accident victims for over 50 years. We know how to process complicated personal injury cases and will take the time to explain each step to you along the way. We are located in Methuen and help personal injury clients in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Who Is At Fault?
Most car accidents are fairly straightforward. One car hits another, and often — though not always — the parties know who caused the accident via negligence or a traffic violation. The injured party then brings a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company for payment.
When a car hits a commercial vehicle and injures the driver, the commercial driver may file a regular personal injury claim against the negligent driver, just like any other accident. They may, however, also have a workers’ compensation claim for injuries sustained while on the job. We can help you navigate all possible claims and make sure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
A car accident caused by a commercial driver involves a host of players who may be at fault, especially if the semi truck carried a heavy load. Some possible at-fault parties include:
- The company that loaded the truck, if overloading or improper loading contributed to the accident
- The company that hired the truck, if separate from the truck’s owner and operator
- The company that owns or attached the trailer to the truck
- A parts manufacturer, if a failed or defective part contributed to the accident
- The commercial driver, if the driver is an independent owner/operator
- The driver’s employer, if separate from the other parties
One or more of these parties could share in the negligence and fault that caused the accident. If so, they will likely attempt to lay the blame on someone else to avoid paying a settlement fee. You need an attorney who understands the intricacies involved in investigating and analyzing a truck accident. An experienced legal team will be able to get to the bottom of things and ensure you file claims against all responsible parties.
Serious Injuries Are Unfortunately Common
When a large commercial truck collides with a passenger car, the truck often causes serious damage to both the car and its occupants. Unfortunately, we see many serious injuries as a result of truck accidents. Common injuries include:
Your level of injury can greatly affect your personal injury case and the amount of damages you may receive. You need to have a solid understanding of your prognosis and future medical costs before agreeing to any type of settlement. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, we will explain your options for bringing a wrongful death lawsuit.
No matter what type of injury you suffered in your accident, we recommend reviewing your case with an experienced attorney before agreeing to any settlement. Insurance companies may try to offer a small amount of money, hoping you will accept it and give up any chance of a larger claim. We won’t let that happen. We will always fight for the best recovery possible on your behalf.