An accident with any motor vehicle can be a traumatic experience. Accidents with semi-trucks or large commercial trucks are often the most devastating as the sheer size and weight of the vehicle can cause tremendous damage to your vehicle as well as to you and your passengers. For most accidents with another car, the process of exchanging information and filing a personal injury claim is fairly straightforward but things can get significantly more complicated if you're injured in an accident caused by a semi-truck.
When a large commercial truck causes an accident the process of filing a personal injury claim can be quite complex. This is because the truck is part of a business and depending if it's traveling from out of state or locally, there may be state and federal laws at play. It can also be difficult to determine exactly who's liable for the accident. Liable parties in a truck accident may include:
- Negligent truck drivers
- Companies who hire truck drivers
- Truck and truck part manufacturers
- Loading company
This is why it's extremely important to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer if a semi-truck or commercial truck causes you personal injury in an accident. At our office, attorney Ira M. Maurer has decades of experience helping people with truck accident claims. He can help you navigate the complex areas of law when it comes to dealing with an accident with a truck to hold the responsible party liable and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve to get your life back.
People often have many questions after an accident with a truck. Mr. Maurer is happy to go over any questions and concerns you may have during your free comprehensive consultation but we will list some of the most common here.
Is there a time limit to file a lawsuit after a truck accident?
The short answer is yes. More specifically, there can be rare exceptions in which there are no time limits, or statute of limitations, to bring a truck accident claim. The statutes of limitations are determined by the specifics of your particular accident and these may be affected by the state in which the accident happened or if the truck is from another state. It's important to contact an experienced lawyer right away if you're in an accident with a truck.
Do I speak with representatives of the trucking company or its insurance company?
We recommend not talking with a trucking company or their insurance company after a truck accident. This is because they want to give you as little compensation as possible and may try to obtain information from you to hurt your case. You should only give information to police at the scene of the accident and contact an experienced attorney to handle speaking with the trucking company and their insurance company.
These are just a couple of the many questions people often have after an accident with a semi-truck or large commercial truck. As these questions illustrate, it's important that you speak with an experienced lawyer right away to ensure that your case is handled in the most beneficial way so that you can get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
If you've been in an accident caused by a large truck, please call the Maurer Law Firm today at 845-896-5295 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly help those who live in and near the areas of Fishkill, Myers Corner, Beacon, and Legrangeville, New York.