The most terrifying and destructive accidents on the US highways are undoubtedly those that involve 18-wheeler and other large trucks. For anyone in the O.C. who has had the misfortune to be involved in such an accident and survived — a rarity to be sure — a Riverside big-rig accident attorney may be exactly the answer you’re looking for. Big-rig attorneys are often highly educated in their narrow niche, and have the chutzpah and vigor to make sure that the trucking company’s insurer doesn’t let you slip through the cracks. But how do you know that a particular 18-wheeler accident lawyer is the right one?
It is a straight-up fact that accident cases that involve a big rig or 18-wheeler are very different than accidents that involve smaller cars. Big rigs are more technically complex, truckers have a very different set of circumstances and lifestyle than other drivers, and of course the sheer mass of the vehicle makes the physics much more frightening. Your typical car injuries attorney isn’t going to cut it — you need someone with experience specifically with trucking accidents.
Almost every big-rig lawyer in California operates on a contingency fee basis. What that means for you is that the lawyer doesn’t make any money if they lose your case, and if you win, they take a percentage of the winnings. The amount they’re allowed to take is dictated by law, and because it’s dictated by law, most lawyers will take exactly that amount. Because of that, price is rarely an issue when finding a lawyer to take your 18-wheeler accident case.
As with almost any personal injury case, speed is of the essence. Notwithstanding trivialities like the statute of limitations (which, if you’re near enough to worrying about it, you’re already likely to lose the case), a significant amount of the evidence in such a case degrades very quickly over time. That means that the difference between hiring a lawyer the day after your accident and hiring one a week later can mean the difference between winning and losing the case.