If you were rear-ended, t-boned, or in some type of collision with a large commercial truck, you may assume that the trucking company and its insurer will compensate you for your injuries; after all, you suffered serious injuries as a result of their truck driver’s negligence. In fact, you may be expecting an apology and a generous financial recovery for your serious injuries, lost income, and pain and suffering.
This is why it may surprise you to learn that the other side might not be willing to quickly hand over money for your damages. Instead, they will likely pick a fight, and you will find yourself in the middle of a battle before you know it. This is because they may attempt to accuse you of contributing to the accident.
Facing Off Against the Other Side
Unfortunately, large trucking companies and their insurance agents will often turn the tables on accident victims. They don’t want to pay victims’ property damages and personal injury claims, which is why they look to place some of the blame onto victims.
The other side will defend their client, the truck driver, by raising these possible arguments:
- Your headlights or brake lights weren’t working properly
- You were speeding at the time of the crash
- You seemed to be driving distracted at the time of the accident
- You failed to make a complete stop
- Your injuries weren’t caused by the accident
The reason the other side will argue these points is because they want to try and place even the smallest amount of blame on you for the collision. If they are successful, you will be denied your right to compensation. They do this to prevent paying damages to you and enduring an increase in their insurance premiums.
The matter of fault and liability in the case of a truck crash can be difficult, even if you know the truck driver caused the wreck. This is why it is important that you can prove you did not contribute to the accident and that you can show the truck driver and/or the trucking company was at fault.
We hope this article gives you some insight into what to expect when filing a truck accident claim so you can win your case. We have more helpful tips and information in our free report, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Accident.