Trucking accidents in Oklahoma are often the most complex and challenging personal injury cases a law firm could handle. From narrowing down the cause of the truck accident to locating and proving who was at fault for the trucking wreck, it can take thousands of man-hours to build a strong case in defense of individuals who have been wronged.
This article isn’t intended to illustrate the hopelessness of being involved in a truck accident, but rather the necessity that you entrust the responsibility of your lawsuit with a law firm that can handle the challenges that lay ahead. At Laird Hammons Laird, we understand the ins and outs of complicated trucking accident cases. Our goal is to help you understand why it’s important for you to find the best advocate for you or your loved ones.
Navigating Multiple Insurance Companies Can be Complex
When a truck accident occurs, the phone starts ringing in more insurance companies than you’d likely expect. Your insurance company will likely be called as well as the owner of the truck. The complication arises when the insurance providers of the tractor and trailer policyholders get involved, along with the owner of the cargo that was on board the trailer.
Along with the complex web of insurance companies come their teams of corporate attorneys who will fight tooth and nail to protect their own business interests over justice for individuals. The lawyers and insurance companies are both there to serve the large corporations that are paying them, and you’ll soon find yourself at a major disadvantage. The injustice is that you or your family have also suffered the physical injury from the accident, so you need a strong advocate in your corner, fighting for justice so you can focus on getting better.
Truck Accident Injuries Can be Far More Severe than Normal Accidents
Speaking of injuries, truck accidents have a higher likelihood of fatalities and catastrophic injury than almost any other kind of vehicle accident. You or a loved one could be stricken with a wide variety of injuries that are both painful and life-changing.
The average semi-truck with cargo weighs over 40 tons, which is the equivalent of two and a half African elephants driving down the road at over 60 miles per hour. That’s enough power and speed to cause pain and suffering that can last the rest of your life. At Laird Hammons Laird, we can calculate the amount you’re owed for the months- to years-worth of mental and physical pain, and be a champion for your welfare in the courtroom.
Discovering Evidence for Litigation Can be a Major Challenge
As with any accident involving one smaller party (you) and multiple large businesses and corporations, the challenge of facing them on your own can seem daunting. Following an accident, you can bet that these companies already have a team on the scene gathering evidence against you. Not only that, but some trucking companies are more than happy to let some evidence simply disappear, which is legally referred to as spoliation.
Hiring an expert legal team as soon as possible is your best defense in a truck accident. The faster we can get on site and collect our own evidence to earn you justice, the better. We can also prevent that precious evidence in the other party’s possession from being lost or destroyed.
There are many challenging aspects to collecting evidence from a truck accident. Some trucking companies even coerce employees to falsify their logs, showing a different amount of time driven without rest than what actually occurred. On top of that, when equipment is to blame for the collision, tracking down the parts manufacturers and other responsible parties can be a major undertaking.
Witness testimony can also be a complicated road to traverse. In particular, witnesses to truck accidents pass the scene quickly, since they are traveling down the rural highway at the same time the accident occurs.
Large national trucking companies generally have much deeper pockets at their disposal than the average person. These extensive financial resources can give them a major advantage over you in the event of an accident. You need a law firm that has the resources to fight back, as they may need to hire multiple technical experts and investigators to support your claim. They also need to counter the trucking company’s investment in their own defense.
If you or a close family member has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle, finding justice can seem impossible. We’re here to help you navigate the challenging days and months ahead and achieve justice for you and your family. Read more about the next steps to take following a truck accident, and contact us today for free consultation and an expert lawyer and advocate to handle your case.