Following a truck accident, you likely have a lot of piling medical expenses and an insurance claim that simply won’t cut it.
However, the extent of your injuries and how the accident occurred will determine the type and amount of financial awards you may seek.
If you or a loved one is involved in a truck collision you may have suffered serious injuries, or even wrongful death. A truck accident lawyer can help determine the damages you qualify for and help you seek the compensation you deserve from the liable party.
Given the sheer size of semi-trucks versus passenger cars, it’s no surprise that truck accident victims often become severely injured, even in the most minor of accidents involving these large trucks.
The average semi-truck is 40 tons or 80,000 pounds while the average automobile is only 5000 pounds, meaning property damage is extensive.
Though semi-truck drivers must abide by rigorous state and federal laws, when a truck driver acts negligently, the trucking company does not practice their due diligence, or mechanical failure occurs, these motor vehicle collisions can occur resulting in devastating consequences.
In order to begin the process of collecting recoverable damages for your truck accident injuries, you must first prove liability against the other driver. This includes understanding fault and no-fault insurance policies.
If you live in a no-fault state, your insurance will cover injuries and related damage up to a set amount. However, each state has minimum coverage limits insurance companies must offer so be sure to check with your policy holder. If your truck accident claim exceeds that amount, you may be able to go directly after the other driver to recover the remainder of your losses.
In fault states, the driver who caused the accident has to use their insurance to pay for your losses. But to do so, you must prove liability against the trucker. In these cases, your insurance company will begin an investigation to determine fault. Sometimes, the driver or the truck company may offer a settlement quickly–but that does not mean you have to take it.
Instead, meet with truck accident lawyers who can help you calculate medical costs, and damages to cover the cost of your vehicle. And in the case that you may be accused of also being at fault, an experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to help you negate liability by proving the truck driver, trucking company, manufacturer, etc. was not exercising reasonable care.
Truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons however, some of the causes may lead to a greater sum of compensation to you as a victim, especially if the truck driver was negligent.
Common causes of truck accidents that show the truck driver was negligent include:
While there are instances where the driver may not have been negligent yet the crash still occurred, you will need a truck accident attorney who can navigate these claims and determine why the accident occurred.
After truck accidents occur, there are two types of damages you may recover: economic damages and non economic damages. For financial recovery of any type to occur, you need to collect evidence, and seek legal advice right away.
Economic damages are those which are measurable and contain a set dollar amount as the result of truck accident claims.
These damages may include:
In order to collect these losses, you need to keep a record of medical records, have a doctor to help you calculate the trajectory of your injuries to determine future expenses, collect pay stubs, record physical pain, etc.
If a wrongful death case emerges as a result of personal injury from the accident, you will also need funeral and burial costs, as funeral costs do not come out of medical damages collected.
For those losses that do not involved a set dollar amount, the court will assign a non-economic reward.
To collect compensation for non-economic damages, you must establish that the following occurred:
If the drivers behavior were particularly reckless, the court may also add punitive damages to your award. Punitive damages are given in addition to the economic and economic awards.
No one can force you to hire a truck accident attorney however, there are benefits to doing so. The main being that you will likely be granted more damages for the truck accident than if you had handled the claim or lawsuit on your own.
A truck accident attorney can help you collect the maximum damages for a truck accident by:
The most important thing is that you do not accept a settlement offer from the insurance companies until you have met with an experienced truck accident attorney. Otherwise, you will be barred from collecting further compensation.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck, a passionate lawyer from Regan Zambri Long is here to help you seek compensation. For years, we have helped car accident victims collect damages, and in the case of a wrongful death claim, helped surviving family members pursue compensation following a free legal consultation.
If you live in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, a respected truck accident attorney at Regan Zambri Long can provide a free case evaluation. Depending on the conditions of your truck accident case, we may be able to help you recover damages for your losses.
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