If you suffered injuries and financial losses after a recent accident with a truck, it might be worth hiring a truck accident lawyer to help you recover compensation through negotiations, and potentially representing you in court.
The cost of motor vehicle accidents can be staggering. In 2010, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the present and future medical costs of motor vehicle accident victims totaled $23.4 billion.
Recovering your damages in accidents with trucks can be more complicated than with car accidents due to the potential of several parties being responsible for a truck accident. Truck accidents can also involve a number of vehicles, which can further complicate establishing who is at fault.
A trucking company may have the resources to fight any claims with their own lawyers, making it daunting for you to go up against a company by yourself without a truck accident lawyer by your side. A truck accident lawyer also knows the federal and state laws that apply to trucks and trucking companies, and they can help you with all legal aspects as well as insurance negotiations.
A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Prove Your Case
While every truck accident is unique, in a personal injury or wrongful death case, proving the liability of the defendant is key. When you file a personal injury case, you will have to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care.
You will also need to show that the defendant breached that duty of care and that the accident and your injuries, or your loved one’s death, were the direct result of the breach. In order to have a case, you will also need to have proof of tangible damages such as medical bills or proof of property damage, for instance.
While the fault of the other party may be evident to you, in practice, truck accident cases can be complicated. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers often are liable.
Consider, however, that more than one party could be liable:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- A third-party company servicing and maintaining the trucks
These are just some of the potentially liable parties in your truck accident case.
The truck company or third-party might fight your claim vigorously with their own lawyers and extensive resources. This is where a truck accident lawyer can help you gather evidence and witness statements that will prove your case. It can be helpful to hire a truck accident lawyer who can fight for you and defend your best interests.
A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Negotiate with Insurances Companies
Not all truck accident cases go to court. You could receive a settlement from the defendants’ insurance company without having to file a lawsuit.
However, be aware that insurance companies might try to keep any pay-outs as low as possible. They may try to get you to sign documents accepting a settlement. This could bar you from taking the case to court and potentially receive a larger settlement.
Therefore, it might be beneficial to seek advice from a truck accident lawyer to find out whether any settlement offer will cover your damages now and in the future. A truck accident lawyer can also negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf, always making sure that your interests are at the forefront of the negotiations.
A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Fight for You in Court
If your case ends up in court, having legal representation can be helpful in recovering any compensation. A truck accident lawyer knows the laws surrounding truck accidents and can fight for your rights and compensation.
A lawyer also knows how to negotiate with the other side while defending your best interests and working to get the best possible outcome. Having a lawyer by your side in a court of law can also protect you from the other side taking advantage or trying to twist your words.
Call Us Today
If you would like to find out more about how a truck accident lawyer can help you with a potential personal injury or wrongful death case, contact us today for further information.
Do not let a negligent trucking company or other liable party off the hook when you might have legal recourse and could receive compensation for your injuries and damages.
We can build your case, gather evidence, and even provide expert witnesses if it helps your case. While you will ultimately have to decide whether it is worth hiring a truck accident lawyer, there is no risk for you when you decide to work with us. You do not need to worry about any upfront attorney’s costs or expenses as we only get paid when we win your case. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now and speak to one of our team about your truck accident at (800) 794-0444.