Accidents involving box trucks or any large truck can lead to devastating injuries. As box trucks are larger than passenger vehicles, they have the potential to cause more harm. If you or a loved one have been injured in a box truck accident, we at Tatum & Atkinson,’ the Heavy Hitters, ‘ offer our deepest condolences.
Trucking accidents are often traumatic experiences for all involved and can be complex and overwhelming. Retaining an experienced box truck accident attorney can play a huge difference in ensuring that you win the benefits you are entitled to by law. Contact us today by calling us at (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online to receive your free, no-obligation consultation. We have won many of our truck accident injury victims multi-million dollar settlements, and we look forward to placing our 65 collective years of experience to work for you.
Box trucks are a type of cargo truck commonly seen out on the road. You have likely seen one before. These trucks are recognizable by their boxy shape. Box trucks can vary significantly by size and can range from 10 to 27′ in length. Box trucks may weigh up to 33,000lbs and are often used by commercial businesses. These trucks are often used to transport furniture, home appliances, and other large goods. Additionally, box trucks are commonly used for individuals to rent while moving.
Box trucks are regulated and grouped in weight classes like many other large trucks. However, no matter the weight classes of a box truck, these vehicles are often much larger and heavier than a standard passenger car. The weight and size of these vehicles, as well as the blind spots, make them dangerous. Unfortunately, commercial trucks such as box trucks are often involved in car collisions and serious injuries, including fatal injuries. According to the NHTSA, in 2018, trucks such as box trucks accounted for 9% of traffic fatalities, and an estimated 151,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.
Following a box truck accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. It is not uncommon for box truck accident victims to experience broken bones, whiplash, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and other traumas. Even if you feel ok, you may be experiencing shock, which can diminish the ability to feel the extent of your injuries. After the police have been called, you should take photographs of the accident scene and gather information such as witnesses’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Next, you should contact a box truck accident attorney. You must promptly seek medical attention, as your attorney will need to get to work to preserve critical evidence. Gathering evidence is vital in proving liability in trucking accident litigation. At Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ we ensure that no detail is overlooked. Calling us promptly can help prevent foul play made by trucking companies or insurers to diminish your claim.
To legally prove that another party was negligent in a box truck collision, you will need to indicate the following:
Typically, in a commercial truck accident, trucking accident injury victims may be entitled to two types of compensation for their damages, economic and non-economic.
Economic damages include specific monetary amounts associated with your injuries, such as:
Non-economic damages account for non-financial losses experienced due to the accident, such as:
Box truck accidents often result in severe injuries that may necessitate significant recovery time; other injuries may be permanent. Truck accident injury victims and their families can be left with enormous medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and potentially funeral expenses. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ will assess all of the economic and non-economic damages sustained by you and/or your family and will fight for the just compensation you deserve.
There are many reasons why you should strongly consider retaining an experienced box accident attorney following a box truck collision. The sooner you obtain representation, the sooner you will be able to ensure that your claim is protected and that your right to just compensation is fought for. Below discover some reasons why it is advisable to retain a box accident truck lawyer.
1. Costly Medical Expenses
Box truck accidents often lead to severe injuries, lost wages, and even permanent disability or death. Insurance companies and/or trucking companies may deny fault or may attempt to offer a settlement figure that will not adequately cover your current and future expected medical expenses. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your damages are adequately compensated, including projected future losses.
2. Determine Liability
Box truck accidents are often complex, as multiple parties may be liable and injuries sustained are often severe. Liability is often unclear or may be otherwise disputed. An experienced attorney can help obtain valuable evidence and testimony to determine liability.
3. Cover Your Losses
Damages from involvement in a box trucking accident often far exceed medical expenses and property damage. You or a loved one may have also sustained the following types of damages:
As some of these losses are non-tangible, you will need an experienced box accident lawyer to fight aggressively for your right to fair compensation.
4. Handle Insurers
Insurance companies are generally for-profit corporations, so it is in their interest to minimize costs paid out in settlements. Therefore, they will attempt to pay you as little as possible following a collision. Insurers may use your own words against you or hire professionals to discredit your claim. Don’t try to negotiate with insurers alone. Call an experienced personal injury attorney who will be able to help manage these negotiations for you and fight for the compensation you deserve.
5. Build Your Case
An experienced box accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to protect and strengthen your claim. Evidence may include:
Box truck accident cases can be confusing and complex. However, you can rely on your box accident attorney to put your mind at ease and allow you to focus your attention and energy on recovering. In addition, your attorney will be able to advise you as to the best steps moving forward to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a box, call the law office of Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters’, at (800) 529-0804 or contact us online.