If you suffered injuries, or if a member of your family suffered injuries or died, in a collision with an 18-wheeler, you could have the basis of a personal injury claim or lawsuit for financial compensation. You could collect compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses and losses related to the accident.
Fighting for these financial damages while you are recovering from your physical injuries can be stressful. It can be especially daunting if you are helping a loved one suffering from injuries in a collision or recovering from the loss of a loved one who died in the collision.
When you are ready to hold the at-fault driver responsible for the financial impact of the accident, a Columbus 18-wheeler accident lawyer can walk you through the process of filing an insurance claim. Contact the client care team at the Fitch Law Firm by calling (614) 545-3930 today.
Determine Who To Pursue for Financial Compensation
When an accident with another car injures you or someone you love, you know you can pursue the driver who was at fault for the accident for financial compensation. After you are involved in a collision with a large truck, like an 18-wheeler, knowing who to pursue for financial compensation can be challenging.
If you are eligible for compensation from a large truck collision, you could be entitled to receive it from the truck driver or from his employer. A Columbus 18-wheeler accident lawyer can help you determine the right person to pursue, scrutinize, and complete insurance forms, and assign a monetary value to your claim.
When you work with a local lawyer to file your insurance compensation claim, we can help ensure your claim is complete, accurate, and filed on time. Call the personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm at (614) 545-3930 to start preparing your insurance claim today.
Potential Financial Recovery After an 18-Wheeler Accident
The aftermath of an 18-wheeler accident can be both physically and financially costly. Your physical injuries will come with their own set of costs, but the expenses and losses of a large truck collision do not stop at the medical costs. Some of the expenses might include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Assistive medical devices and medications
- Current and future loss of income
- Physical disfigurement and disability
- Pain and suffering and mental distress
- Repair or replacement cost of your vehicle
A personal injury lawsuit can help you recoup these expenses from the 18-wheeler driver who caused the accident. We can show you how to identify fault, assign liability, file your claim, and calculate your losses to assign an accurate value to your claim to avoid having the insurer undervalue it.
We Can Help Identify Fault for the Accident
Proving the cause of the accident you were involved in is an important part of your claim for compensation. Our team can help define cause and assign fault for the 18-wheeler accident that caused your injuries. We will:
- Read and review the official crash report
- Review emergency medical records
- Identify and interview accident witnesses
- Conduct an independent investigation as needed
- Obtain video footage where available
Depending on the cause and location of the accident you were involved in, there may be other steps we can take to prove the accident was the fault of the truck driver. We will work hard to prove fault and to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Driver-Related Causes of Large Truck Collisions
Large truck drivers are responsible for moving goods and products all over the country. They share roads and highways with other truck drivers and with passenger car drivers every day. In some accident cases, actions on the part of the truck driver can contribute to accidents.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research shows the following common causes of large truck collisions:
- Inadequate stopping distance
- Improperly maintained brakes
- Truck driver fatigue
Knowing the cause of the accident you were involved in is one thing—proving it is another. Our team will work hard to place the fault for the accident where it belongs and to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve from the appropriate party.
Make the Time After an 18-Wheeler Accident Work for You
The time it takes to recover from the physical impact of an 18-wheeler versus passenger car collision can play a significant role in your compensation claim. Time-related factors that affect the value of your claim include:
- The severity of your injuries and length of ongoing medical care
- The amount of time your injuries require you to miss from work
- The relevant statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for financial recovery
In Columbus, Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10 determines the amount of time you have to file a claim for compensation. You are generally limited to two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit to recover the economic and non-economic costs of your injuries. Our team can file your claim in accordance with the state’s timeline and avoid the risk of running out of time.
Seek Financial Compensation After an 18-Wheeler Accident
A collision between your passenger car and a huge 18-wheeler truck can leave you injured, unable to work, and faced with mounting medical bills. You might be able to file a compensation claim against the at-fault driver, his employer, or the company who manufactured his truck.
A Columbus 18-wheeler accident lawyer can guide you through the claims process and help you fight for the financial award you deserve. Contact the personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm today by calling (614) 545-3930.