Tractor Trailer / Trucking Accidents
The personal injury lawyers of COOK p.c. have developed a national reputation for excellence in complex accident litigation, including semi-truck crashes. We are familiar with the legal and procedural challenges of investigating and proving accident claims along the East Coast and throughout the South.
Our firm has the ability to overcome the significant challenges inherent in multi-million dollar truck accident litigation. Contact us at any of our four offices to learn about our experience, our methods and our ideas for resolving your legal claims on the most favorable terms possible.
Recovering Full Compensation for Severely Injured Truck Accident Victims
Big rig truck accidents nearly always involve catastrophic or fatal injuries. Unlike car accident litigation where each driver is covered by a consumer auto policy, there is seldom an opportunity to settle a severe truck accident claim for the policy limits. That’s because the owners and operators of semi tractor-trailer combinations are covered under commercial liability policies that start at $1 million, and often go much higher.
Even in the worst injury cases, truck accident defendants will have a great deal to protect, and the plaintiff will need to prove the damages claim in detail with complete documentation on the medical, vocational and rehabilitative aspects of the injuries suffered. In a car accident case, once it’s clear that the damages are far in excess of the coverage limits under a $50,000 or $100,000 policy, the case will often settle promptly – assuming there are no difficulties in proving liability. In a truck accident case, your lawyers might need to prove damages well into the millions before the case has a realistic chance of settlement on fair terms.
While concentrating on the damages issues raised in your case, our lawyers also take a highly proactive approach to the causation, fault or liability issues that will need to be resolved. Our experience and record of success allow us to commit the investigative resources necessary to develop the facts bearing on liability promptly and completely. As necessary, we work with experts in such fields as accident reconstruction, highway engineering, transportation safety, industrial design and the trucking industry itself to determine just what went wrong.
Our familiarity with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations also helps us to establish liability based on such factors as driver fatigue, improper loading, defective equipment or weight violations.
Accidents involving trucks, semis, tractor trailer, big rigs and eighteen-wheelers can result in catastrophic injuries or death. According to the United States Department of Transportation, accidents involving big trucks result in death at a rate that far exceeds other motor vehicle collisions. In many instances, trucking companies put their revenues and profits ahead of public safety. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable about the intricacies involved in truck accident cases, including safety programs, hours of service regulations, regulatory requirements and other state and federal legal requirements related to trucking operations.
Victims of truck accidents are entitled to collect damages for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent injury, and permanent disability. If you have been involved in a collision or accident with a tractor trailer, contact us.
Our experience in high-stakes personal injury litigation enables us to readily call on the right experts to assess your immediate and long-term damages. We seek recoveries that address the true costs of work-ending and life-changing injuries or a tragic wrongful death in your family.