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Waging a semitruck crash case takes a bit of effort

On your way home from work, you noticed that there was a semitruck that was driving erratically. You wonder what is going on with the trucker and try to stay out of the way. When you stop at a red light, you notice that the truck is behind you but it isn't stopping. You realize that you are about to be hit but you can't do anything about it.

After the accident with the semitruck, you had to deal with trying to recover from serious injuries. Now, you want to know what options you have for seeking compensation. You do have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you opt to do this, there are several factors that you should consider.

Determine the cause

The cause of the semitruck accident is one of the factors that has a big effect on a personal injury lawsuit since it helps to determine who is liable for the damages. If the actions of the trucker led to the accident, the trucker might be held liable. If the crash was because of a mechanical defect, the manufacturer might be held liable. If the crash was because of trucking company policies, the company might be held liable. If another driver caused the crash, that driver can be held liable.

Look at the log book

The trucker's log book can clue you into what might have been going on at the time of the crash. If the trucker had been driving too long, fatigue might have set in.

In fact, there are federal laws in place that set limits to how long truckers can drive per shift, which ranges from 10 to 11 hours, depending on whether the trucker is carrying property or passengers. This is one reason why it is so important for truckers to keep accurate log books or electronic logs.

Figure out the monetary amount of damages

When you file a personal injury lawsuit after a semitruck crash, you have to think about what damages you are going to claim. This could include the cost of the medial care you need, as well as other types of damages like pain and suffering or lost wages.

You should think carefully about the way that the injuries have impacted your life when you are trying to determine the amount of damages you need to claim. Remember that you need to factor in the costs that you might incur in the future since you can't seek more damages later if you find out that you didn't seek enough in the first place.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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