Brattleboro, NH (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2011 – Chain auto accidents that involve big rigs are a nightmare to sort out. This case is no exception.
“This reported case was horrific by all standards,” commented Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury attorney. “And, this was a bizarre chain of events that created a complete mess on the highway.” What happened in this case is that a semi could not stop in time to avoid a collision as it was approaching the usual morning traffic on the highway. At the same time, a logging truck close to the big rig started to fishtail and suddenly 13 other vehicles were involved.
At least seven people were rushed to nearby hospitals for emergency care, including a 9-year-old girl who was listed in critical condition. Accidents like this tend to result in catastrophic injuries that can change a person’s life.
The police were not clear as to what caused the big rig to plow into other vehicles, but it was clear that further investigations were needed to determine if the trucker was the victim of an unexpected mechanical defect or not. The police will also want to know if he was driving while under the influence of something. The police will be obtaining toxicology reports.
The cops will also examine the trucker’s cell phone, GPS devices, find the black box on board, and thoroughly check the whole truck. They will research the trucker’s driving record and the trucking company.
“Accident investigations like this border on being total nightmares, as there is never just one party (defendant) involved,” added Donahue. “There are a whole host of insurance companies, trucking companies, third parties and perhaps even property brokers. This is why you need a competent Brattleboro personal injury lawyer to stand up for you in a situation like this. To be blunt, you cannot do it on your own without getting taken to the cleaners by the insurance companies.”
In cases like this, injuries are one of the key factors in structuring a case before taking it to settlement negotiations or court. The nature and extent of the injuries is critical in determining what kind of damages may be sought in court. For instance, a catastrophic injury such as a crushed spinal cord could mean the victim might never walk again. This typically results in a higher damage award than a straightforward broken leg with a defined healing period.
“Do not take the chance that an insurance company will try and take you for a ride when they try to get you to settle for less than what your case may actually be worth,” said Donahue. “It is my job to stand up for you and ensure you get fair and equitable compensation for your devastating injuries. You have the right to be compensated for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. For tough representation, brass knuckles and a heart of gold, call my office and let’s talk. I know exactly what to do to help you.”
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