After truck drivers have dropped off their trailers or on their way to pick up a trailer, the semi truck will be without a trailer on the road. This is called bobtailing. While semi trucks may not have large trailers attached to them, they can still cause severe injuries in a collision.
When you’re living with injuries and are focusing on recovering, you’re likely thinking about medical bills, returning to work, and how long it’s going to take before your life feels normal again. Thomas Law Offices can help you get back on track. A Louisville semi truck accident lawyer from our firm will fight for you so you can recover from the accident physically, emotionally, and financially.
What Are the Dangers of Driving a Semi Truck?
A bobtail truck may not seem like as big of a danger as a tractor-trailer, but there are unique issues that can arise when a truck driver isn’t handling a trailer. Driving a semi truck without a trailer is vastly different because of the weight distribution. When a truck has a trailer, the weight is on the truck’s back wheels, which helps with braking. This resistance isn’t present for a bobtail, so slowing down can be more difficult.
A truck driver may be used to handling a trailer, but does not adjust their driving methods when they’re just driving the truck. Because the weight is distributed to the front of the truck, they may lose control of the vehicle more easily. The following conditions can increase the chances of an accident occurring:
- Poor weather conditions
If you were injured because of a speeding truck driver or a driver who didn’t take their current weather conditions into account, like rain, snow, or ice, then you could seek legal action for their negligence.
However, there are many reasons why a truck accident can occur. Your Louisville semi truck accident lawyer will look at the following pieces of evidence to find out what happened, who was at fault, how you were hurt, and use that to determine fair compensation for you:
- Police report
- Eyewitness accounts
- Photographic evidence
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Expected time away from work
Once your attorney has looked at the evidence, we’ll begin to build your case to show the other party acted negligently, their negligence caused the accident, you were harmed in the accident, and the injuries resulted in financial and emotional losses.
How Will Your Semi Truck Accident Attorney Calculate Your Compensation?
When you’re seeking compensation from a serious semi truck collision, you may be offered a settlement from an insurance company. However, this may not be the amount that you’re entitled to recover. An insurance company will not keep your best interests in mind as your personal injury lawyer would.
We’re looking at the physical injuries you’ve suffered, the medical expenses you’ve already incurred, and what you’ll need to pay in the future so you can recover properly. We also keep in mind how long it will be before you go back to work. In other cases, you may not be able to return to your job or the workforce. If this happens, we’ll take the loss of income into account as well. If your property was damaged in the truck accident, our lawyers will calculate those losses. This will give us the financial damages of the accident.
Your semi truck accident lawyer in Louisville will consider the non-financial losses the accident caused. The mental anguish and distress of the accident, the pain and suffering you’ve endured because of your injuries, and the loss of enjoyment of life are significant consequences that your lawyer will fight for you to compensation to cover.
There are different methods to calculate your compensation. We’ll add up the financial losses to find the economic losses you’ve suffered. Then, it’s time to look at your noneconomic damages mentioned above. One method to calculate compensation for these damages is the daily rate method. Your lawyer will calculate the costs of living with your injuries per day and multiply that by how long you’ll be living with those injuries.
The other way is the multiplier method. We’ll multiply your economic expenses by a figure that’s typically between 1.5 and 5. A higher number demonstrates a higher severity of losses. Since semi truck accidents can cause severe if not permanent injuries, there’s a chance the figure could be in the higher range.
With so many factors to consider when calculating your compensation amount, the insurance company’s initial settlement may seem like a good idea at first, but will ultimately not give you the financial security you deserve. That’s where we step in.
Thomas Law Offices Will Advocate for You
After a semi truck accident, it’s important to get started on your case as quickly as possible. We’ll be able to handle communication with the insurance company so you have the chance to seek the compensation you deserve.
Reach out to our office today so we can set up a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case and how you can proceed. We’re prepared to answer your questions and concerns, and help you get on the path to recovering and moving on from this incident.