If you are hurt in an accident that involves a commercial truck, it is important to keep in mind that the trucking company is almost certainly going to try to minimize any damages they owe you.
One strategy for doing that may be to offer you a quick settlement in the hope that you will accept and not pursue significantly more compensation related to your injuries. Failing that, the trucking company will likely mount one of a number of possible defenses to convince a court that the accident wasn’t the truck driver’s fault or the trucking company’s responsibility.
On Defense: What a Trucking Company Might Argue
What tactics might a trucking company use to avoid being held responsible for an accident? There are a number of options:
- The accident was your fault. This is perhaps the most obvious defense. If the trucking company can demonstrate that you were responsible for the accident—or at least partially responsible—they can limit or eliminate what you can seek in damages.
- The accident was no one’s fault. The trucking company may argue that the accident was unavoidable or the result of an honest mistake. This strategy can protect the company from having to pay damages for negligence.
- The accident was someone else’s fault. Demonstrating that a third party not related to the trucking company was to blame for the accident is a possible defense, particularly if multiple vehicles were involved.
- You are exaggerating. The defense will argue that you have overestimated the extent of the damages you have suffered and are therefore not entitled to that full amount.
- You don’t have any evidence. This defense is related to the last one. The trucking company will be eager to demonstrate that you cannot prove the extent of your injuries or the extent of your lost wages. This is why thorough recordkeeping is important to your case.
On Offense: Your Attorney Can Counter These Arguments
Fortunately, a trucking company cannot simply make one of the claims above and wipe your case away. An experienced personal injury attorney can argue on your behalf. Your lawyer will be just as diligent as the team on the other side, which means you will be able to demonstrate who was truly at fault in the accident—and why you are entitled to collect compensation.
We’ll Be on Your Team
The team at SJ Injury Attorneys is well aware of the ways in which a trucking company might try to deny you compensation after an accident. We will make sure to hold them accountable so that you receive the damages to which you are entitled. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, don’t wait. Contact us today for a free consultation.