Accidents involving trucks can result in severe injury and trauma due to their size and weight. This is why you should hire one of the best truck accident lawyers you can find to represent you and help you get the best settlement or trial result possible.
Having someone on your side will not only help you get the most money for your case, but it will also relieve a lot of the frustration and aggravation that comes with handling it on your own.
What Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Do?
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you are most likely in pain and trying to figure out what to do next. A truck accident lawyer can help you identify the responsible party or parties, collect evidence, interview eyewitnesses, negotiate with the insurance company, and, if necessary, take the case to trial.
A truck accident lawyer can handle all aspects of your case while you focus on healing or caring for a family member injured in an accident that was not your fault.
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident Case
Truck accident cases are typically more complicated than vehicle-to-vehicle collision cases. You may believe that the truck driver is solely to blame for the accident. However, more than one party may be responsible for your injuries and losses. In a truck accident case, potential defendants may include, but are not limited to:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The shipping company (that loaded the cargo)
- Insurance companies
- Government entities
If the truck driver is an independent contractor of a larger trucking company, the company’s supervision of its contractors may be an issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for commercial truck regulation on U.S. highways.
Perhaps a truck component failed during transport, resulting in the accident. This could imply that the truck manufacturer or the company that makes the part is liable. A truck accident lawyer can help you identify the responsible parties in your specific case and hold them accountable in court.
Building a Compelling Case
A truck accident lawyer can do all of the following while you focus on your recovery, whether it is putting together a claim to present to the insurance company or presenting your case to a jury in court:
- Investigate and gather evidence in your cases, such as police reports, accident scene videos or photos, data from the truck’s onboard electronic information system, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, and more.
- Collect and organize all your medical bills, expenses related to the injury, and any documents that prove loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accident injuries frequently necessitate emergency medical care in a hospital.
- Find out who might be at fault and who has insurance.
- On your behalf, negotiate a reasonable settlement with the insurance companies.
- If the insurance companies do not agree to a settlement, go to trial.
As a result, you or a loved one may sustain serious injuries that necessitate hospitalization, multiple surgeries, assistive medical devices, and expensive rehabilitation.
You should not go to war with insurance companies to get your compensation. A truck accident lawyer can deal with the insurance adjuster and file all necessary documents in your case, allowing you to rest and recover while focusing on your family’s needs.
Proving Your Truck Accident Case
You are well aware that you are not to blame for your accident. However, you must demonstrate this in your insurance claim or court. In vehicle accident personal injury cases, there are four basic elements of negligence. A truck accident victim must indicate the following:
- The truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable and safe driving.
- That duty of care was breached or violated by the truck driver.
- That negligence resulted in your or your loved one’s injuries.
- As a result of those injuries, you or a loved one suffered damages and losses.
Economic or noneconomic damages may be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Medical expenses lost wages, and property damage is examples of economic damages. Noneconomic damages may include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of activities you can no longer engage in, and loss of consortium.
Guide You Through the Legal Process
Without a doubt, the legal process can be complicated and intimidating. To alleviate stress in this situation, your personal injury attorney can deal with the trucking company and its insurance company. They can advise you more effectively on the case and its resolution.
If you discover that more than one party is to blame for your accident, you will have to fight each of them simultaneously to receive your just compensation. You will also need to hire a skilled lawyer with experience handling multi-defendant cases. Make sure your lawyer makes every effort to maximize the value of your case.
After being involved in a truck accident, very few people survive or walk away unscathed. Victims who survived the tragic accident suffer from brain injuries, fractures, soft tissue damage, and other injuries.
If you or a family member has been injured in a California truck accident for which you were not at fault, contact Khashan Law Firm, and we will assist you in filing a case to recover the maximum compensation for lost income, present and future medical bills, and other damages you have suffered.
Contact us today at (951) 461-2387 for a free and confidential consultation.