You might not give much thought to the large, bureaucratic businesses that keep 18-wheelers out on the Virginia highways. However, you will have no choice but to deal with these companies, at least to some extent, if you are involved in a truck accident.
Even if the other party to the collision is an independent owner-operator, you are probably going to encounter a variety of different companies during the course of securing compensation for your injuries. Please continue reading for a brief explanation of some of the unique conditions of commercial vehicle accidents.
One thing you may want to remember while negotiating with trucking companies is that, for them, they may have a different perspective on the incident than people who are directly involved. It is their business that is it risk, not one of their loved ones who has been injured. This often leads to trucking companies that negotiate tenaciously for the minimum possible settlement.
You may also have to deal with different aspects of insurance companies. Often, there are different divisions in large insurance companies for commercial and non-commercial matters. It is usually wise to approach these experienced and persuasive negotiators armed with as much information about the situation as possible.
Finally, as explained by FindLaw, there are often multiple parties involved in a single commercial truck accident case. It has the potential to be confusing when trucking companies, maintenance professionals, truckers and insurers are all contributing to your case.
There are many reasons why commercial vehicle accidents are different from those involving private vehicles. However, each case has its own specific situation. Please do not use this as legal advice. It is only meant to help you understand the general topics.