Commercial Driver Accidents Explained By A Vermont Workers Compensation Injury Lawyer
Commercial vehicles are the largest vehicles driving on our highways and our Vermont workers compensation injury lawyer often handles accident cases involving serious bodily injuries. Because of the vehicles’ size and weight, the resulting property damage and injuries are serious and often fatal. If you are a truck driver and were injured on the job, you should contact a Vermont workers compensation injury lawyer as soon as possible.
What Qualifies As A Commercial Vehicle?
Commercial vehicles can be any type of truck or delivery vehicle that is used for business or other commercial purposes. Most often we refer to large freight vehicles such as semi-trucks, tractor trailers, tanker trucks, flat-bed trucks, and bob-tail trucks as commercial vehicles. Commercial trucks and other vehicles are typically engaged in delivery, transport, or cargo purposes. As a result, they are large and carry very heavy loads that can make an otherwise minor traffic accident into a serious, injury-causing event.
Injury Claims For Commercial Vehicle Drivers
In the case of a commercial vehicle accident, there are often overlapping legal issues that your Vermont workers compensation injury lawyer will have to consider. As an employee who was injured in the course and scope of your work duties, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits for any injuries, loss of wages, or necessary rehabilitation. Regardless of whether you negligently caused the accident, you may still qualify for workers compensation benefits if you were an employee of the trucking company that owns the truck. If the accident that caused the injuries was the fault of another driver, you may also have a claim against their personal auto insurance.
On the other hand, if you were harmed by the negligence of a commercial driver, we can assist you with filing a claim against the truck owner’s liability insurance. Approximately 80 percent of accidents involving commercial vehicles result in injuries to the occupant of the non-commercial vehicle while about 15 of accidents result in injuries to the truck driver. State and federal law mandate that commercial vehicle owners have liability insurance limits much higher than standard passenger vehicles. It is in your interest to maximize the settlement amount based on the higher insurance policy limits.
How Can A Vermont Workers Compensation Injury Lawyer In Vermont Assist Me?
Not just any attorney can handle complex commercial vehicle or compensation claims. Attorney Joe Galanes has over 15 years of experience representing clients involved in serious accident claims. At Galanes Law, we represent clients on contingency basis. This means that unless we win your claim, we do not get paid. It is in your interest and ours to recover the maximum amount of damages, and we fight hard for our client’s rights. Call us today for a free consultation at (802) 698-8356.