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Trucking accidents: Getting the compensation you need

Commercial truck accidents can be catastrophic for you and your family. The impact of an accident affects you financially, emotionally and physically.

Individuals inside the vehicles hit may not have the protection of a large vehicle; motorcyclists have little-to-no protection, while passenger vehicles are protected but don't have the same weight to balance out an impact. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh 25 times or more than a normal passenger vehicle, showing a huge discrepancy in weight and the potential for a heavier impact.

If you're involved in a commercial vehicle accident, it's important that you're able to get the compensation you need. It's likely that you or the people you loved have suffered serious injuries and that your vehicle has been badly damaged. There are a few ways you can seek the money you need.

When you file a claim, if you can show that the driver did not exercise a reasonable standard of care on the roads because he or she was speeding or drunk, then you can claim he or she breached a duty of care. You can show that this negligence led to your injuries, helping you win your case and the money that you need to care for yourself or loved ones.

It's not just the driver who you should be able to seek compensation against in some cases. For instance, if the driver is employed by someone who knew that the driver had violated traffic laws in the past, then you may be able to hold the employer responsible for your injuries as well, thanks to vicarious liability laws.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Overview," accessed July 06, 2016

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