Maneuvering large commercial trucks is not an easy task, especially when the trucks are loaded. On top of this difficulty, in some cases, truck drivers cause accidents due to inexperience, traffic violations, or negligence. The law provides that the liable party in the accident compensate the victim for their damages.
Navigating this claims process can be difficult, but a Newport truck accident lawyer with Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can guide you through it.
Damages You Can Pursue in a Newport Truck Accident Case
Every case is different, so we cannot guarantee which forms and the amount of damages you can pursue. Our team would have to review your case to see the types of compensation you are eligible to recover. Generally speaking, though, some of them may be:
- Past and future medical care costs
- Past income losses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage costs
- Mental anguish
Because truck accidents can have such catastrophic consequences, victims may lose their lives. If your family member didn’t survive their injuries, you could file for wrongful death damages, like funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, and end-of-life medical bills.
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How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer With Our Firm Serving Newport Help?
A truck accident lawyer with our firm will help you:
- Determine the at-fault party in your case after examining the facts
- Order a copy of the police report
- Collect the evidence that will be crucial to proving negligence
- Communicate with other parties involved in the case
- Determine the right amount in damages that you should file for
- Litigate on your behalf during court sessions if need be
Retaining a lawyer for the case is not a legal requirement, but it could benefit you and take away the stress of managing a case.
Have Our Firm Serve You on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Don’t worry about paying our lawyers any upfront costs or fees. They will take your case on a contingency-fee basis. If they secure an award for you, their payment will come from that amount.
What’s more, they only receive compensation for their aid if you receive compensation for your losses, so you have nothing to lose when we work under this payment agreement.
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The Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Cases
According toKy. Rev. Stat. § 304.39-230, you typically have a maximum of two years from the date of the accident to file a motor vehicle lawsuit. Filing a case after the lapse of this period will have little chance of getting you the damages you deserve.
This statute does not imply that it is impossible to file after two years after the accident, as there may be exceptions to this law.
The Common Types of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain and operate their trucks to minimize the chances of them getting into an accident. The maintenance encompasses checking for undue wear and tear of parts like the suspension systems, braking, and steering, among others.
Breaching or ignoring the maintenance and operating protocols can result in:
- Rollovers: An accident that causes a truck to fall on its side. The truck will crush anything that it lands on.
- Head-on collisions: These refer to situations where the front of another vehicle collides with the front of a truck.
- Jackknife accidents: The accident forces the cab of a truck to fold back towards the trailer. It results from improper maneuverability and overloading of the truck.
- Underrides: This happens when a car drives under the back of a truck. This accident can end up in fatalities.
- Overrides: An override occurs when a truck drives over another vehicle, usually a smaller one. It is common among truck drivers who love tailgating.
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Case
In proving negligence, there are certain elements that you must show. The first one is that a liable party owed you a duty of reasonable care not to harm you. Then, you will have to demonstrate that this party’s actions or omissions breached the duty of care they had towards you, and this breach of duty is what led to the accident. Some causes of accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Speeding and driving recklessly
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to check blindspot
- FaIlure to merge properly
- Overloading of trucks by either the driver or the trucking company
Finally, you will have to show that the breach of duty of the liable party caused your damages. If you can demonstrate these elements against a defendant, you can seek damages. It is therefore important to establish who exactly is liable for your injuries in a truck accident before filing your case.
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You Can Recover Compensation Even If You Played a Part in the Accident
Truck drivers may not be solely responsible for the accident in some cases. You might be at fault to some extent too. This should not deter you from filing for claims, though. Kentucky adheres to the pure comparative statute in determining liability in truck accidents. Under Ky. Rev. Stat. § 411.182, the court will look at the weight of each party’s contribution to the accident.
This will be the basis upon which the court will award damages. Let us assume you file for damages totaling $10,000. Your contribution to causing the accident was at 10% fault. The court will reduce the damage by the fault percentage and award you $9,000 in compensation.
Start Working With a Truck Accident Lawyer at Our Firm Now
The attorneys at Isaacs and Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers have a combined experience of 400 years of legal experience. They can help you get justice and damages for yourself or your loved ones if you sustained injuries in a truck accident.
Dial 1-800-800-8888 to start building your case with one of our truck accident lawyers serving Newport today. The first call is free of charge.