Due to the sheer size and weight of a semi truck, the consequences of any accident involving this type of vehicle can be catastrophic, especially for pedestrians or the occupants of a smaller vehicle. The injuries resulting from a commercial truck accident can be severe, and often lead to a long and difficult recovery. In the worst cases, these incidents can even cause the wrongful death of the victim. George Kapolchok is a skilled attorney who has vast experience in litigating personal injury cases. He can act as your truck accident lawyer at our Anchorage, AK, practice, helping protect your interests while holding the guilty party accountable.
How a Truck Accident Differs from other Auto Accidents
Apart from the size difference of tractor trailers from other vehicles on the road, there are some key differences in truck crash cases. These trucks typically weigh 80,000 pounds or more, and this weight can limit their ability to brake or control acceleration in time to prevent an accident. Commercial trucks also often carry flammable contents such as gasoline or other industrial compounds that can cause an explosion after an accident, causing further damage and injuries. In cases of non-dangerous cargo, the contents of a truck can spill onto the roadway, causing dangerous obstacles for other drivers.
If the driver is fatigued due to overwork, the company owner may be held liable for the accident. An accident can also be caused if the truck was improperly loaded or if the the vehicle was not properly maintained and up to stringent federal requirements. Another differentiating factor is that a truck accident is not always the fault of the truck driver. In some cases, another driver on the road can fail to leave a truck enough stopping distance, leading to accidents that can affect you.
Damages to Seek
Depending on the extent of their injuries, victims of a truck accident can be awarded damages for:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Loss of present and future wages
- Decreased earning potential
- Cost of ongoing rehabilitation and care
- Damage to property
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Other pecuniary losses
- Punitive damages for instances of gross and willful negligence
Kapolchok Law Offices can ensure you have a strong case to seek the full damages you deserve.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
It is very important to hire the services of an experienced attorney after a truck accident, as most big corporations have an army of lawyers to protect their interests and avoid paying full compensation. George Kapolchok is well-versed with state and federal laws governing the trucking industry, as well as personal injury laws, and can represent your case and protect your interests. He has a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts and is known for giving his full attention to all cases, be they big or small.
The evidence at the accident site such as skid marks and other signs begin to fade quickly, so the sooner you engage legal counsel, the better your chances of securing maximum compensation. Mr. Kapolchok can gather all the necessary evidence from the site, work with experts and trucking authorities, and reconstruct the accident scene in order to pinpoint the cause of the accident and establish liability.
George Kapolchok is well-versed with state and federal laws governing the trucking industry, as well as personal injury laws, and can represent your case and protect your interests.
Trucking companies are also required by law to keep records of driver log sheets, equipment maintenance, and hiring practices. These records are a valuable source of information that can help Mr. Kapolchok build a strong case that proves third-party fault. Many times, you will not have access to these documents, so it is vital that you receive the help of a proven legal professional who can pursue all options when building your case.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact us online or call our office at (907) 278-8850 to schedule a free consultation with a compassionate personal injury attorney. Most of our cases are taken on a contingency basis, and the lawyer fees are not deducted unless we secure your settlement or a judgment is given.