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Posted on September 5, 2017 by

You’re In an Accident with a Truck – What Do You Do Next?

Get into an auto accident involving a truck? Far larger than passenger vehicles, injuries and long-term damage resulting from such accidents can be catastrophic. And unlike the typical auto accident, standard rules do not apply.

What’s Different About Commercial Truck Accidents?
The St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to know…

Time Limits
There are strict time limits on filing a case and making claims in the event of an accident involving a truck, which can be as little as two years, and vary by jurisdiction.

State and Federal USDOT Regulate Laws
Different from standard driver’s license requirements, truck drivers must have a clean background, proper and current licensure, truck inspections regularly performed, loads hauled properly, and ‘resting breaks’ taken as required. These can affect your case against the driver/driver’s employer.

More than the Driver May Be At-Fault
Employers can be responsible for accidents via negligence (above) or ‘vicarious liability.’ Due to the number of possible liability complications, legal advice is in your best interest.

Damage Awards May Be More Inclusive
Including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity (ability to perform future work), loss of companionship/wrongful death, and special damages.

Need help wading through the intricacies of a tractor-trailer related accident? The St. Louis truck accident attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.