Consider working with a personal injury lawyer if you want to claim damages after a truck accident. Truck accidents, like other accidents, such as slip and falls, sports injuries, or birth injuries, fall under personal injury claims. These accidents cause bodily harm, resulting in life-threatening injuries or fatalities and significant financial losses.
If you or a loved one was recently in a truck accident, you might have a legal right to claim damages from the at-fault party. Since truck accidents involve several parties, it may be best to consult a lawyer to help you pursue compensation. Working with a lawyer who knows how to navigate such cases will increase your chance of getting justice.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Truck accidents are very rampant in the U.S. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2019, there were 4,119 fatal truck accidents, and about 67% of the victims were occupants of smaller vehicles.
When handling your truck accident, your lawyer will use their resources and work with experts to investigate your case. Since the main goal is to protect your legal rights, your lawyer will advise you on your actions to protect your claim and handle all the necessary paperwork and correspondence with the liable party. To help you claim compensation, your lawyer will do the following:
- Ensure you get proper medical attention
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists to determine the cause of the accident
- Establish negligence
- File a claim or lawsuit
- Gather evidence to support your claims, such as the police report, witness statements, and medical records
- Value your claim
- Negotiate maximum compensation
- Represent you in court, if necessary
Your lawyer will use your medical bills and receipts of accident-related expenses to estimate your claim’s value, depending on the damages. A lawyer will concentrate on building a strong case for you and allow you to focus on recovery. Given the destructive nature of truck accidents, it’s best to work with a legal team with a background in handling personal injury claims.
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How Is Liability Determined in a Truck Accident?
Like in any other accident claim, the first step is establishing negligence. Truck accidents are more challenging to handle than other car accidents because they involve multiple parties. Possible liable parties in truck accidents include:
- The truck driver
- Truck owner
- Truck manufacturer
- Repair shop
- Trucking company
- Government entities
- The shipping company
- Insurance companies
After investigating the cause of the accident, your lawyer will establish the liable party. If the accident was due to a diver’s negligent actions, the employer might be liable for the damages. Additionally, since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial trucks on U.S. roads, your lawyer will also consider possible violations of the regulations.
Your lawyer will identify all liable parties and hold each of them responsible.
How Is the Strength and Value of Your Case Determined?
You can expect the liable party or parties to dispute your claim or undervalue it. Personal injury lawyers know the right evidence to use to defend your claim. To legally compel the liable party to compensate you for their negligence, your lawyer will:
- Review details of the black box
- Review the truck driver’s statements
- Organize your medical records and bills
- Take your statement about the accident
- Obtain supporting photos and videos
- Review the crash report
- Identify and interview witnesses
The evidence your personal injury lawyer gathers will aid your case and help them negotiate for the best possible compensation. Lawyers know how to value both the economic damages (such as medical bills, loss of income, and damages to property) and non-economic damages (like pain and suffering, trauma, or loss of enjoyment of life).
If the accident was fatal, your lawyer will file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit and help you recover damages, such as hospital bills, lost income, loss of consortium, and funeral and burial expenses. If you attempt to handle the claim independently or with the wrong lawyer, you may undervalue your claim and accept a low-ball offer from the liable party.
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you are a recent truck accident victim due to negligence or have lost a loved one to the accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to learn your legal rights and protect your claim. Do not handle the emotional and financial damages on your own.
At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we are ready to discuss your case, investigate, build a compelling claim, and determine how to pursue compensation. Contact us today for a free case review.