Being involved in an accident with a large truck can have serious consequences. You may suffer severe personal injury and as a result, have costly medical bills. At Portner & Shure P.A., Attorneys at Law, we know how devastating truck accidents can be and can help fight for you to hold the responsible party liable and pursue the compensation you need to get your life back. View our slideshare below to learn more about how we can help you after a truck accident.
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We see this issue crop up all the time in accident cases--our client suffered significant injuries and their medical bills exceed $100,000, yet the defendant driver's insurance policy has a $50,000 limit. If you are trying to handle your accident case on your own, you may think that you are out of luck and have no way to recover any more money in compensation for your injuries. However, if you hired a lawyer to handle your claim, your lawyer would inform you that you are NOT out of luck.
Accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers are some of the most common that occur on roadways. One of the leading causes of truck accidents is due to blind spots for truck drivers. Drivers of all types of vehicles experience blind spots, but some vehicles have larger blind spots than others. Tractor trailers, for example, have large blind spots and because of that, numerous accidents occur where a truck changes lanes and does not see that another vehicle is next to it.
Accidents involving large trucks, such as tractor trailers, box trucks, and tow trucks, often result in catastrophic damage. The size, shape, and power of trucks can completely demolish other small vehicles in an accident. As a result, victims of truck accidents tend to have the highest medical bills for their treatment.
Here are three things to keep in mind about truck accidents in the Richmond area:
- Injuries resulting from truck accidents are devastating
- In many cases, injured victims are unable to recover enough money to cover the damages
- It is obvious to look to the negligence of the truck driver and motor carrier as the cause of the accident, but the shipper of the load cannot be forgotten as another possible liable party
- It is important to seek recovery from all who are involved including the truck driver, the motor carrier, and the shipper of the load
This month, our attorneys were successful against Geico yet again in an auto accident case where liability was denied and no settlement offer was made. In this accident case, our client had a green light and was proceeding straight when the defendant made a left turn directly in front of our client, cutting her off and resulting in the crash. Our client suffered numerous injuries, including to her back, foot, shoulder, and eye. Medical expenses totaled more than $7,000, yet Geico refused to accept liability or make our client an offer to settle the case and avoid litigation.
Did you know that more people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes for the past 45 years? The United States has a prominent trucking industry. It is also extremely powerful and considered vital to the nation’s economic well-being. Thus, the trucking industry opposes safety changes because they may increase costs and hurt profits for shippers, and eventually consumers.
Last Friday, a tractor trailer collided with a car on Route 27 in Westminster. Both vehicles quickly caught fire and the driver of the car could not make it out in time. The truck hit the car in the intersection of Route 27 and Kate Wagner/Chapel Road.
Yesterday morning, two people were in a car that was driving on I-695 and merging onto I-295 north. At that time, they lost control of their car and slid into other lanes of oncoming traffic. A Megabus that was carrying 18 passengers on its way to New York City crashed into the vehicle. The driver of the car was taken to shock trauma with serious injuries and the passenger became trapped in the vehicle.
Katherine Henriquez, our newest receptionist, has recently joined the Portner & Shure family. Katherine was born in Los Angeles, California, but she grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is fluent in Spanish and assists our Spanish Department immensely. Katherine’s husband is in the Army and was previously stationed in Hawaii. Two months ago, they moved to Maryland because he had been reassigned to Andrews Air Force Base. Katherine has a 2 year old daughter, Sophia, whom she loves spending time with.