Semi-trucks are responsible for transporting most of the nation's consumer goods. This means that you will share the roadway with many semi-trucks on a regular basis. Being involved in a collision with a semi-truck can be stressful.
Keep these three things in mind as you navigate a personal injury lawsuit following an accident with a semi-truck.
1. State and Federal Regulations Apply
Semi-trucks regularly cross state lines as they deliver products from warehouses to retailers. This type of interstate travel is governed by both state and federal regulations. It's important that you keep this fact in mind when working with an attorney to prepare your personal injury lawsuit.
You will need to check both state and federal guidelines to determine if the driver of the semi-truck in your accident violated any regulations. Any regulatory violation, whether state or federal, can serve as grounds for your lawsuit.
2. Multiple Parties Could Be at Fault
One of the characteristics that sets accidents with semi-trucks apart is the number of parties that could be blamed for causing the accident. In a collision between two passenger vehicles, the drivers are to blame.
A driver's insurance policy kicks in to cover the at-fault party's liability. When you collide with a semi, you most likely won't be dealing with the driver's insurance company. Many semi drivers are employed by transportation companies. These companies are responsible for insuring drivers and the semis they operate.
You will need to work closely with your attorney to determine if you should name the driver's employer, any cargo loading companies, or the mechanic responsible for maintaining the semi-truck you collided with as parties to your personal injury lawsuit.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate
Most accidents that involve semi-trucks can cause a lot of damage. This means that a personal injury lawsuit over a semi-truck accident will likely involve more money than an accident between personal vehicles.
You shouldn't be afraid to negotiate with the other side when pursuing a personal injury claim. Hire an attorney experienced in personal injury law to assist you as soon as you decide to file a case.
Your attorney can negotiate on your behalf when the opposing party offers you a settlement. If your attorney isn't able to reach an acceptable compromise during settlement negotiations, they can litigate your case in court on your behalf.
For more information, reach out to a personal injury attorney in your area.