Truck drivers are liable for damage caused by an accident if their negligent action or behavior led to it. If the driver is an owner-operator of his truck, you could seek compensation from his insurance company. If a trucking company employs him, compensation can come from the company’s insurer. Other potential at-fault parties include vehicle parts and manufacturers.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, our team will investigate the accident, read and review your crash report, and build a case file for you. Our team will fight for a settlement with the at-fault party and their insurance company. We will also take your case to court, if necessary, to secure fair compensation.
How Do Truck Drivers Cause Accidents?
Human error can contribute to a truck accident, just as it does a car accident. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) statistics, the cause of as many as 33% of truck accidents can be attributed to the driver. Anything could have caused your accident, including driver inexperience. Some commonly reported driver-related causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Inattentive driving
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Alcohol or drug intoxication
- Driver fatigue or exhaustion
If your accident was caused by one of these factors, we can help you prove it. We can request copies of your crash report and witness statements. Your lawyer can explain your compensation options and the value of your case.
We will also investigate whether improperly loaded cargo, exceeding allowable driving times, or other factors led to the accident. These causes may prove the driver is not the correct liable party.
Who Else Could Be Liable for Truck Accident Damages?
If a truck driver’s actions caused your accident, his employer might still be liable if the company owns the truck he was driving. The company would be liable because the truck’s owner is responsible for the actions of his employees while they are working for him.
If the truck’s design or build caused the accident, the manufacturer bears liability. Our team will consult mechanics and other experts to identify if mechanical failure led to the accident.
If faulty tires, windshield wipers, or brakes caused the accident, the manufacturer of those parts would be liable. Our investigation will uncover the at-fault party, and your lawyer will lead your fight for financial recovery.
What Damages Is the At-Fault Party Liable For?
Whether you seek damages from the insurance company that represents the truck driver or his employer, you are entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Accordingly, we fight for:
- Economic damages: Ongoing medical care, loss of wages, property damage, and diminished value
- Non-economic damages: Ongoing physical impairments, pain and suffering, mental, and emotional anxiety and stress
How Can Your Law Firm Help With My Case?
Our team will take care of every aspect of your case. We will:
- Carefully and accurately assign a value to your case
- Gather evidence
- Handle communication with the insurance carrier
- Handle settlement talks and the negotiation process on your behalf
- Protect your rights
We Will Investigate All Elements of Your Accident
Our personal injury team can help with your truck accident case by conducting an independent investigation. Our investigation will establish fault by proving the cause of the collision. The evidence we collect for you could include:
- The crash report
- Photos and videos
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Notes from the investigating police officer
- Information from an accident reconstruction expert
- Your written recollections of the circumstances that caused the accident
These details help our team fight for a fair monetary settlement.
Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation?
Going to court is always a possibility. However, the American Bar Association affirms that most personal injury cases settle out of court. A settlement usually happens once fault and liability are clear. This typically occurs when the evidence is presented. We take care of this for you and work hard to settle your case out of court.
While relatively rare, some personal injury cases do go to trial. The circumstance that most commonly leads to a trial versus settlement is the failure of both parties to agree on a reasonable settlement.
At that point, our team will not hesitate to represent you at trial. We will handle all court and legal filings, following the statute of limitations.
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If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, our personal injury team could help you determine whether the truck driver or another party is liable for your damages.
After identifying the at-fault party, find out how our team will fight for your compensation. Contact our case review team at The Fitch Law Firm LLC by calling (614) 545-3930 today.