Hammond Truck Accident Attorney
Big trucks are known by many names. Big rigs, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks. No matter what they’re called, when they’re involved in an accident, it’s catastrophic for the other vehicles. Drivers of smaller trucks and cars are often left with serious injuries, even at low speeds. Because the potential for serious wrecks is so high, drivers of 18-wheelers have higher standards than regular drivers. Even with these higher standards, negligent truck drivers still cause an alarming amount of accidents.
Officially, trucking companies have strict state and federal regulations to follow. However, trucking companies may also act negligently by failing to track their employees. 18-Wheeler wrecks are strongly linked to factors like:
- drunk drivers
- sleep deprived drivers
- careless operation
- overloaded cargo
Beware of Insurance Claims
If you’ve been in an accident with a truck, insurance companies might react by trying to settle your claim quickly. This is to encourage stressed and confused victims to take their offer without questioning it. They want to control the terms of the claim and have it be in their favor, not yours.
If this happens, you should be wary of accepting any initial offers. Better yet, review your case and the claim with an attorney.