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If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a truck accident, you are facing a long road ahead of you both physically and legally. Truck accidents cause serious injuries, and the responsible trucking company must pay you in full when their driver was negligent and caused the accident. The legal process can be complicated, and a lot of money is on the line, so you need to contact an experienced truck accident attorney.
Truck accident cases are not like any other motor vehicle crash. Your injuries are likely more serious, and the number of damages may be far higher than in a passenger vehicle crash.
In addition, truck accident cases are far more evidence-intensive than other accidents. There is usually a trucking company involved, meaning that there is a greater amount of coverage.
Given the serious injuries that you have likely suffered in an accident with an 80,000-pound truck and a large amount of money on the line, you need to take strong legal action.
Here are some of the common types of truck accidents that can cause injuries:
Truck accident injuries are often more serious than those in another type of crash. Fully loaded tractor-trailers can weigh 25 times more than the passenger cars that are involved in the accident. A truck accident unleashes a great force that impacts the passenger car.
Accordingly, passenger car drivers can suffer the following injuries in truck accidents:
You have a legal right to recover your full amount of damages in a truck accident case. The insurance company and the trucking company would be wise to try to settle your case because they do not want the unpredictability of a jury. Many juries have hit trucking companies with massive verdicts when they should have and could have settled the case.
There is no exact answer to the question of what the average settlement is for a truck accident. While the median settlement may be lower, the average number could be far higher because a handful of serious cases have led to very large settlements.
To win a truck accident case, you must prove that the truck driver was negligent. There is a legal test for negligence, which involves the truck driver upholding their duty of care by acting unreasonably under the circumstances. Examples of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company include:
Besides the common law negligence principles that would determine legal responsibility, here are some laws and regulations that may apply to truck accident cases:
Trucking companies have large insurance policies to protect themselves and their business from large legal liability. In other words, there is more insurance coverage at play in a trucking accident than there is in a car accident. Even with the higher coverage limits, trucking companies may still be put out of business by a “nuclear verdict.” No matter what the policy limit is, the insurance company is usually trying to pay you less than you deserve.
Every truck accident case depends on the evidence. You would need proof of what happened to show that the driver was negligent. In addition, your case would also benefit from proof that the trucking company broke a federal regulation because it would strengthen the conclusion of negligence.
Given that truck accident damages are so serious, your case is stronger when you know how much it is worth going into your claim. The insurance company will try to save money at your expense, so you should know the value of your claim to say no to a low settlement offer.
The insurance company and their policyholder will do anything that they can to escape paying you what you deserve. When their driver is at fault, they know they owe you a lot of money and are trying to save money at your expense. Your attorney will:
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The first step is to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation. Then, we will learn more about your case and explain your legal options. Contact the lawyers at Armada Law today to begin the legal process.
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Most truck accident lawsuits will settle before they end up at trial. Even if you have to file a lawsuit, the chances are that your case will not go all the way to the end.
You can expect your case to take longer than the average personal injury case because of the number of damages that are at issue. The insurance company may not write a large cheque immediately without making you negotiate or take their own time.
The family can file a wrongful death claim against the trucking company to recover their own damages from losing their loved one.
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