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Trailer Detachment Causes Multiple Injuries

Posted on: February 24, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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A trailer detachment, which causes multiple injuries, seems like a clear-cut case of liability on the part of the driver or the company for which they work. However, there are a number of parties responsible for ensuring that trailer detachment does not occur. Many of those parties will also level blame on the others, so proving liability is sometimes difficult.

First of all, you have to consider whether the driver is an individual or representing an entity. For the purpose of this exercise, let’s assume your accident involved a small to medium sized, personal trailer. In this case, you usually only need to contend with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. While these cases come with their own complications, the complaint will likely take much less time to resolve than if a commercial vehicle is involved.

Commercial Trailer Detachment

When a commercial trailer detaches, causing injury, there are a number of potentially liable parties involved. The commercial entity, manufacturer, loaders, driver and many other individuals or entities may share liability for the accident.

With multiple injuries involved, and more than one plaintiff making a claim, the issue is further complicated. Who is responsible? How do you pursue a claim for multiple injuries, or when there are multiple injured parties? Does each party have their own representation, or does everyone need to sign from the same hymn book?

The short answer is: if you have been involved in an accident which involved multiple injuries – either to you or a number of individuals – you will need expert legal advice. You are not obligated to join any class action lawsuit. Refusal to do so in no way undermines your right to seek compensation. In fact, going it alone can often result in you coming out with more than those involved in the class action lawsuit.

Necessary Steps

As the injured party, one of the most important steps you should take is ensuring that your injuries are documented. If you have suffered from multiple injuries, each will cost you in terms of treatment, medication and, possibly, therapy. All those costs add up, but without evidence to prove that they are a result of your injury, you are responsible for paying the cost.

Having all the necessary evidence to support your claim will help maximize your chances of a successful outcome. Insurers do not like fighting claims where the evidence is likely to cost them, so having all your ducks in a row is essential during any personal injury claim.

An Experienced Personal Injury lawyer

This type of claim is complicated. So, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer, who is familiar with both state and federal laws, to take your case. Your injuries will affect you, your family, and your friends for years after the accident occurred. We, at Edward-Patterson, do not feel you should suffer in silence.

When you contact us, we are here to listen to your concerns and needs. As a business which has been proud to serve residents of the great state of Oklahoma for many years, we are dedicated to getting you the compensation which reflects the impact of your injuries.

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