Fully loaded large trucks weigh over 80,000 pounds and carry hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. When these massive vehicles crash, the wrecks usually cause catastrophic injuries and massive property damage. Insurance adjusters are quick to offer financial settlements, but these adjusters do not have the victims’ best interests at heart.
In contrast, the Brainerd truck accident lawyers at Carlson & Jones start fighting for you from day one. We act quickly to get your medical expenses paid, arrange for alternative transportation, and keep the insurance company off your back. Then, as you focus on your recovery, we focus on your legal claim, so you get maximum compensation for your serious injuries.
Most truck crashes are not accidents. Instead, negligence causes most of these incidents. That’s especially true since Minnesota law holds truck drivers to such a high standard of care. Some common causes include:
If the trucker’s behavior fell below the aforementioned high standard of care, the trucker is negligent. In court, a Brainerd truck accident lawyer must prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not).
Frequently, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) is not the only party that is responsible for damages in a truck crash claim.
The respondeat superior theory usually applies in these cases. If the driver was an employee who was working within the scope of employment, the truck owner or shipping company is financially responsible for damages. Minnesota law defines the elements of respondeat superior in broad, victim-friendly ways.
Truck crash damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
What to Do after a Truck Accident?
Take the following steps after a truck accident:
Victims of truck accidents have a hard time coming to terms with the subsequent consequences and picking up the pieces of their life. It is important to seek justice and demand your rights. Truck crash victims might be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd truck accident lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (855) 215-6862 We do not charge upfront legal fees in injury cases.