Commercial Truck Accidents
Getting into a collision with any commercial truck can be devastating. These cases are also intensely complex.
Commercial trucks can include small box delivery trucks, or they can include collisions with 18-wheelers. In both cases, these heavy vehicles tend to cause life-altering injuries that will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident you need a lawyer, but not just any lawyer will do. You must hire an experienced and capable truck accident injury lawyer if you want to bring your case to a successful outcome!
How ICBC Handles Truck Accidents
Theoretically, ICBC conducts investigations of trucking accidents and pays out claims. Yet they may not be willing to offer up more than basic coverage.
Basic coverage is unlikely to cover the extensive injuries you’re likely to receive in a trucking accident.
In addition, there’s a chance they’ll decide the accident was your fault. That could mean your premiums going up because ICBC will have to pay money to the trucking company. Yet they’ll have to pay that company a lot less than they would have had to pay you, making that an attractive option for them.
ICBC is of course not always the only insurance company likely to be involved. Truck drivers cross provincial lines, which means they may have a commercial auto policy from another provider.
Truck Accident Complications
Trucking companies would like you to think that determining fault in a truck accident is as simple as examining who broke what traffic laws.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Truckers are held to a higher duty of care than drivers because they are handling much larger and far more dangerous vehicles.
This means you need a lawyer who thinks to look for other causes of the accident, including:
- Whether the driver was on the road too long, in violation of Canadian truck driver’s law.
- Whether the driver was adequately background checked and vetted prior to hire.
- The amount of training the driver received, and whether that training met industry norms.
- Whether the truck was loaded correctly.
- Whether the truck had been maintained correctly.
There are numerous pieces of evidence that can show these violations, but the lawyer has to know to examine them. In addition, truck drivers are prone to dangerous cell phone use, alcohol, and drug abuse just like any other driver. Sometimes trucking companies and their insurance companies try to hide evidence of these violations, and you’ll need a tough lawyer to go after it.
At Surrey ICBC Lawyer you get experienced lawyers who have pursued cases just like yours for decades. You get passionate lawyers who won’t let these big corporations play games with you. We’re here to help you get justice.
You need all the coverage you can get.
Your truck accident may make it impossible to work. It may stick you with dozens of medical bills that medicare won’t cover. If the trucking company was negligent then you also deserve some compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve been through.
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, don’t wait. Call (604) 609-7777 today.