Personal injury lawyers deal with truck accidents.
Personal injury lawyers can help you gather evidence after an accident and evaluate your losses. An attorney can also help you determine the insurance policies that apply to your case. A personal injury lawyer can also negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf and represent you in court if needed.
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Understanding Personal Injury Law
Criminal lawyers aim to defend their clients against the charges they face for intentional or accidental actions that harmed someone. Personal injury lawyers, on the other hand, aim to prove that the actions or negligence of an at-fault party caused injury or harm to a victim.
On this basis, a personal injury lawyer will try to win a payout or settlement for the victim that can be used to cover the victim’s losses and damages, such as lost wages, vehicle damage, property damage, and medical treatment.
Anyone driving on the road is assumed to owe other road users a duty of care. This duty requires motor vehicle operators to have the required training, experience, and licensing to operate a vehicle on the road. This duty also requires drivers to drive safely and in accordance with safe driving laws, vehicle operation laws, and established social norms.
Negligence occurs when a failure to fulfill the duty of care leads to an accident that inflicts harm on others. There is no reason an innocent bystander or another road user should have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s irresponsible, unsafe, or reckless actions. Lawyers that deal with truck accidents—personal injury lawyers—work to ensure that such victims are compensated for their losses.
Negligence, Liability, and Damages
There are many ways negligence can lead to a truck accident and serious personal injuries. In many cases, the victims of truck accidents are the occupants of other vehicles, as was the case in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when over 70% of truck accident fatalities were passengers of other vehicles.
Here are a few examples of actions that can lead to an accident.
- A truck driver who drives while intoxicated, drowsy, or distracted.
- A truck driver who exceeds the safe hours of service mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- A truck driver who does not have the appropriate training, experience, or licensing to operate a truck.
- A truck driver who speeds, drives recklessly, or does not follow traffic control devices or signs such as stop signs or intersection signals.
- A truck maintenance or service team that does not perform—or does not thoroughly perform—important service checks of, for example, brakes or tire pressure, and an accident occurs.
- A cargo loading team that does not properly secure a truck’s cargo and the cargo comes loose while the truck is in operation on the road and causes an accident.
- A cargo loading team that overloads a truck beyond its safe loading capacity.
- A trucking company that does not perform thorough background checks of its drivers or does not provide driver training.
For each of the examples above, a truck driver, a trucking company, a service team, or a cargo team may share some of the blame for a truck accident, depending on how the accident occurred. A town or municipality may also be at fault for an accident if poor road maintenance, cluttered roads, or a lack of signage causes or contributes to an accident.
Based on the circumstances of your accident, a personal injury lawyer that deals with truck accidents can identify the at-fault party responsible for your accident—that is, the party that is liable for your damages—based on whose negligence, incompetence, or dangerous actions caused your accident. A personal injury lawyer can also evaluate your losses and damages, including:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Vehicle damage
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Incidental expenses, as applicable
- Funeral or burial costs in the event of a fatality
- Pain, suffering, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages
The above are all examples of economic damages, and they can usually be proven with bills and invoices. However, for non-economic damages such as pain or suffering, a personal injury attorney can calculate a multiplier for your case. A multiplier is a figure between 1.5 and four that is multiplied by your economic damages to arrive at a figure for your non-economic damages. The sum of all your damages is the value of your claim.
Negligence and liability for an accident and the value of all damages involved can typically be proven using evidence such as:
- The official police report of the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical treatment invoices
- Vehicle repair bills
- Wage slips or salary statements
- Funeral home bills
Contact Us for Legal Assistance Today
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can be reached by calling 888-369-4550. We have lawyers that deal with truck accidents, and we can assist you with your truck accident case. It can be difficult to gather evidence and evaluate your damages if you are injured, so contact us today for a free case evaluation.