There are several ways that a Mississippi truck accident differs from a car collision. Starting with the most obvious, truck accidents tend to result in more severe property damage and physical injuries. The weight of a commercial truck being so great, the force of its impact will often leave a passenger vehicle beyond repair.
Victims may be left with catastrophic injuries, mental trauma and short- or long-term disabilities. This leads to the third difference, which is higher medical costs. It will take longer for victims to recover, and they may even require disability leave. Another clear difference is that truck crashes more frequently result in death. This often leads to the filing of wrongful death lawsuits.
The insurance policies that truckers are required to carry can be as much as 50 times larger than the average car insurance policy, which raises the stakes when insurance carriers are faced with a wrongful death case. Carriers will assemble the best legal team possible to deny a claim, so victims generally need a more experienced lawyer in truck accident cases.
Lastly, truckers operate under specific regulations. There are rules for how to maintain trucks, how long truckers can drive, how they fill out their logs and more. It is important for a lawyer to know about these rules.
The victim of a truck wreck should therefore find a lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyer can evaluate the case and potentially hire investigators to show how the trucker was negligent. This might mean obtaining a copy of the police report and gathering documents like the truck maintenance records and work logs. Medical experts could come in to determine the extent of the injuries. However, it is important to remember that personal injury claims have a three-year statute of limitations in this state. If you have been injured in such a wreck, call George B. Ready as soon as possible for personal attention and committed representation.