Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is terrifying. Individuals often suffer from mental and physical impairments in the aftermath of an accident. These injuries and damages can be truly devastating, especially when it comes to regaining your life back. At Siegfried & Jensen, we understand the complications individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents face in the aftermath of their incidents. They are often overwhelmed by pain and financial expenses for treatment while being unable to work and provide for their families financially.
Unfortunately, individuals who are involved in automobile accidents often hire the wrong legal representation for their cases. As a result, they end up losing out on recovering the compensation they are entitled to for their injuries. This is particularly true for individuals harmed by negligent or reckless semi-truck drivers. Although both cars and semi-trucks are automobiles, they are governed by entirely different regulations. For this reason, a lawsuit for compensation against a semi-truck driver is far more complicated in nature. It is imperative for individuals harmed in semi-truck accidents to hire adequate legal representation in order to maximize the amount of compensation they recover for their damages and injuries.
Hiring The Right Attorney To Help
It is no secret that all personal injury attorneys in Utah are different. One of the most common mistakes accident victims make is choosing the wrong attorney to assist in filing a claim for compensation. Not having adequate experience and knowledge in cases involving semi-trucks can devastate a victim’s ability to recover compensation. If you are ever involved in a motor vehicle accident, here are some factors you should keep in mind when selecting an attorney.
There Are Bigger Insurance Policies For Truck Accidents
When fully loaded, semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Traveling at high speed can generate an immense amount of force. The size and mileage compilations of semi-trucks often result in companies requiring their owners to maintain a much higher insurance rate. Insurance policies for semi-trucks are around 50-times greater than insurance policies for standard motor vehicles on the roadway.
Unfortunately, the reason semi-truck companies are required to maintain such high insurance coverage is that the vehicles are able to inflict far more damage to other vehicles than a small compact car. Quite often, semi-truck accidents in Utah cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death to victims. In some instances, insurance policies for commercial trucks have limits in the millions. Given the huge policy limits, insurance companies often work extremely hard to fight liability in accidents. This often causes accident victims to receive far less compensation than they are entitled to. Working with an experienced attorney will ensure you receive a full and fair amount of compensation for your injuries.
Commercial Trucks Fall Under Different Regulations
Commercial trucks that travel throughout Utah are often transporting goods and services to different states. Because truck drivers often travel through different states, both the truck company owners and drivers are required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation. Truck companies are required to comply with far more regulations than typical passenger vehicles on the roadways.
When selecting a personal injury attorney, it is imperative that they are familiar with the rules and regulations implemented for semi-truck drivers and companies. A lot of truck accident attorneys may not know the ins-and-outs of all the laws surrounding semi-truck accidents. Not knowing the laws and regulations can make it difficult for victims to recover compensation for their injuries.
Semi-Truck Accidents Are More Likely To Cause Catastrophic Injuries Or Wrongful Death
When it comes to automobile accidents, any type of vehicle can inflict great damage on a victim. A collision between two slow-speed passenger vehicles on the roadway can cause damage to your vehicle and may require medical treatment for injuries. When you add the immense size of semi-trucks to the mix, the damages and injuries are often far worse.
Accidents involving semi-trucks are often catastrophic. Adding high speeds to the mix can be devastating. Due to the heavy regulations and the high limit insurance policies, recovering the maximum amount of compensation in a settlement for a Utah truck accident can be extremely challenging. Attorneys at Siegfried & Jensen are knowledgeable and experienced with helping accident victims recover the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries.
Damages In A Semi-Truck Accident
Individuals who are injured in semi-truck accidents in Utah are able to file lawsuits against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for injuries and damages sustained in the crash. Some of the damages accident victims are entitled to include:
Lost Wages: Dealing with extensive injuries often forces victims out of work. Whether they have to take off work for surgeries or appointments, or they are forced out of work permanently, victims are able to recover compensation for all of the wages they miss out on due to their accident.
Medical Expenses: Individuals involved in semi-truck accidents often sustain life-threatening injuries. Treatments for these injuries often include medication, medical equipment, surgeries, hospitalization, and even therapy. Victims are able to recover every dollar required to cover medical expenses.
Additionally, injured parties are able to recover compensation for pain and suffering and other financial losses from their accidents. Working with an experienced attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
A Utah Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
Semi-truck accidents are often some of the most serious personal injury cases. One accident can result in catastrophic and life-changing injuries. In some circumstances, accident victims are forced to spend a lifetime on medical treatments and equipment just to regain a sense of normalcy. If you are the victim of a semi-truck accident caused by a negligent driver, it is crucial for you to contact Siegfried & Jensen at (801) 598-1218 as soon as possible or stop by our website to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your case in order to determine which legal options are available for you.
Content checked by personal injury attorney Todd Bradford. I worked for a small law firm in Utah County, where I handled various types of cases. My main focus was personal injury and I decided that is what I enjoyed doing the most. I rejoined Siegfried and Jensen in 2012 where my focus is solely on helping personal injury clients. I take pride in helping personal injury clients and enjoy serving them. If you need an attorney for auto accidents or injuries of any kind in Salt Lake City, UT, Ogden, UT, Spokane, WA, or Boise, ID, contact us.