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The Basics about Large Truck Accidents Lawsuits

29th April 2010
By Penelope Stone in Accident claims
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Anyone who has spent time driving on the highway has had to share the road with truck drivers traveling in large trucks. When these drivers act recklessly, the results can be tragic. Each year nearly 5,000 people are killed in accidents involving large trucks. Thousands more are seriously injured. Over 400,000 accidents involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle occur each year.

When the truck driver is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and damage to your property.

To be considered a “large” truck, the vehicle must weigh more than 10,000 pounds. While some trucks of that size are privately owned, the majority are owned and operated by trucking companies. Because of this, when there is an accident in which a large truck is at fault, a suit may be brought against the driver and another against the trucking company.

It is important to enlist the help of a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Often, the lawyer for the truck driver and for the trucking company will try to contact you directly. Many victims have unwittingly signed away their rights to file suit.

Do not speak to those attorneys unless your own lawyer is present. Let your lawyer handle any negotiations and other discussions. Even more importantly, do not sign ANYTHING presented by their lawyers until your own lawyer has reviewed it.

Once you have a lawyer, the attorneys for the other side will contact you directly through your lawyer. That is why it is vital to get a lawyer on your side as soon as possible.

Because you may be dealing with a large trucking company, with access to the best attorneys, it is important to choose a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling large truck accident lawsuits.

This will ensure that you have the best chance of winning a settlement or judgment and that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Find a New York trucking accident lawyer, personal injury, or auto accident professional.
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