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What to Expect if you were involved in a Trucking Accident

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The truck accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. understand how difficult it can be to identify the right legal action if you are in a trucking accident. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has been projected that traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2015 show that an estimated 26,000 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 9.3%.

Due to the large size and weight of most big rigs and other specialized work vehicles, commercial truck accidents can cause serious injuries and extensive damage. Truck accidents can also be made worse by the freight the truck is carrying. So just think about it: a typical, fully loaded commercial truck can weigh at least 25 times as much as a typical car. This is one critical reason why you need an experienced truck accident attorney.

Proving Your Case

Like most personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, the central legal theory for determining liability in a truck accident case is “negligence.” Essentially, that means a person injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:

  • Defendant owed the plaintiff the duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury.
  • Defendant failed to exercise such reasonable care.
  • Defendant's failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of the injury suffered by the plaintiff.

Who is liable?

The truck driver may not be the only liable party. In many cases, trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries. Sometimes, even the manufacturer or shipper of hazardous materials carried by the truck may also be held liable for injuries caused by the truck's cargo.

Consult an attorney

Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then Mr.Whiting and his team of accident and injury trial lawyers personally invite you to contact them for a free consultation toll free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at twhiting@wlglaw.net. There is no fee unless we win your case.

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http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/commercial-truck-accidents-overview.html

http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-calculate-a-truck-accident-settlement

http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/commercial-truck-accidents-overview.html

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