For some people in Mississippi, being in a motor vehicle accident with a truck may cause more complications than being in one with a car. One reason is because the size of a semi-truck can mean an accident causes more damage. This size also means that if the vehicles remain on the highway after an accident, they might be more likely to cause additional accidents.
Other complications with truck accidents involve determining liability. This is necessary in case one party is required to pay compensation to others. Some trucks have black boxes that record data such as speed. While this can be useful in some cases, it can make an investigation more complicated if it is not consistent with other evidence. Another issue is determining whether the driver violated any trucking regulations, such as rules about number of hours driven. This can make the driver liable. Liability may also depend in part on whether the driver or the trucking company owns the truck. A trucking company, along with the insurance company, may fight efforts to collect compensation.
Because of the possibility of disputes over who is responsible, people who are in truck wrecks should gather as much information as possible. This may include taking photos, getting eyewitness statements and getting a copy of the police report.
Getting compensation can be critical for people who are seriously injured in these types of accidents. Compensation may cover medical expenses, costs for vehicle repair or replacement, and lost wages from work. Some people may be permanently disabled after a serious trucking accident and might not be able to return to work at all. An attorney may be able to assist an injured person in getting in compensation. If you’ve been in a wreck, call George B. Ready to protect your rights and seek the compensation you are due.