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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most fatalities and injuries from tractor-trailer accidents involve pedestrians and passengers in other cars. Are you a victim? Have your expenses and quality of life suffered as a result of the collision? Was your car damaged, maybe even totaled? With our Utah truck accident lawyers, you can get the help you need to stay on top of your bills and fair compensation by calling our office today.

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At Good Guys Legal , you are not just a case number to us. We strive to put our clients first and ensure that every case gets the time and personal attention it deserves. With us, you can rest assured that you’ll get fair compensation for your medical and car expenses as well as your pain and suffering after a truck accident.

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“I’m so glad I called Good Guys Legal after my accident; I don’t know what I would have done without them . . . They don’t fit any of the stereotypes I had about personal injury lawyers.” —Gloria

Our Utah truck accident personal injury attorneys are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel welcome to browse our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation. We aim to provide you with personal, compassionate service.

 

Trucking Accident FAQs

Willful disregard of the rules and regulations governing the use of roads and highways often results in accidents. Poor truck maintenance, driver fatigue, and operating under the influence are also contributors to a number of accidents between commercial trucks and other vehicles. To avoid accidents, truck drivers must be aware of the truck’s characteristics and performance capabilities, including acceleration, braking limits, and visibility limitations.

Yes, there is a difference between automobile and truck insurance policies. Trucks are required to carry higher amounts of insurance coverage than automobiles to cover severe injuries and damages that may occur.

Because truck drivers are commercial operators, there is a difference between an automobile driver’s safety standards and a truck driver’s safety standards. Trucking companies are liable when their drivers are involved in traffic accidents; they must hire only safe drivers and train them properly. Drivers must log the number of hours they are on the road and take required breaks. Also, because trucks travel in interstate commerce, they are subject to many federal regulations that do not apply to other vehicles. Drivers are also subject to alcohol and drug testing.

Even if you sustain only minor injuries when your car is hit by a truck, you should take photographs of the vehicles involved in the accident, submit a report to your insurance company, and seek medical attention immediately. You need to document your physical injuries by getting an evaluation from a medical professional. If possible, submit a report to the DMV. Make sure police reports are filed. Do not talk to the claims adjuster of the trucking company. Seek legal advice if planning to claim compensation.

The injured victim, and in some cases the spouse, can sue the driver and trucking company for injuries or death as the result of an accident. In a wrongful death action, the spouse or a trustee for the family can bring a claim or suit against the truck driver and trucking company.

If the semi-truck driver is at fault but doesn’t have sufficient financial resources to pay a claim, the owner of the truck and the company identified on the trailer can be sued. In some circumstances, the loading facility that placed the contents in the trailer and possibly the owner of the contents of the trailer may be included in the lawsuit.

Ideally, contact a lawyer to file your personal injury case right after a trucking accident. This is for the lawyer to immediately access evidence to use in your claim. An initial consultation with many truck accident lawyers is free. However, even if you waited to contact an attorney, you may still reach out to learn about your case and your legal options. You may have a valid claim, but you must take action to receive compensation, and time is limited.

Some personal injury lawyers accept cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee in a trucking accident case is an agreement that you don’t have to pay for your attorney unless and until you receive your compensation. It means that you only pay attorney’s fees if you are successful in making a recovery.

It’s possible that you may be entitled to compensation even if you are partially at fault for a trucking accident. The court compares the negligence committed by the plaintiff and defendant. The portion of liability determines the percentage of the resulting damages he or she must pay. In most states, you can’t recover anything if you are 50% or more responsible for the accident.

The “No-Zone” on a commercial truck refers to the areas behind and beside a commercial truck where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility. A driver should not travel too closely to a commercial truck because of this limited visibility. 

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If you have been injured in a trucking accident, please do not hesitate to contact us at Good Guys Legal to discuss your case by calling (801) 506-0800.