Compensation After a Truck Accident

Truck Accident Lawyer

In 2019, more than 160,000 people were injured in large truck accidents, with more than two-thirds (69 percent) being occupants of other vehicles. At last count, a truck crash occurs every 16 minutes in the U.S.

Of course, truck drivers are not responsible for all truck accidents. Some accidents occur when automobile drivers fail to keep a safe distance behind a truck. Unsafe motorists who speed and/or weave in and out of traffic can cause truck accidents. Still, when trucks are involved, the number and seriousness of injuries increases.

For victims of truck crashes, the emotional trauma, debilitating injuries and the economic impact can be overwhelming. Victims may suffer serious head, back, neck and/or spinal cord injuries, bone fractures or burn injuries. At the same time, many are left with massive car repair bills, medical hospital bills and payments for home modifications that account for their injuries. Victims also often must miss extensive time from their workplace.  

What happens if the accident wasn’t your fault, and nobody is willing to compensate you for your losses? Under most state laws, it’s up to accident victims to prove that the guilty party was negligent and thus responsible for compensating victims.

Proving negligence is especially tricky in truck accident cases, because multiple parties could be negligent, including:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company that owns the tractor
  • The other company that owns the trailer (where the goods are stored)
  • The truck manufacturer
  • Companies manufacturing truck parts; and
  • Cargo loading companies.

That’s why it makes sense to contact a law firm with experienced truck accident lawyers. They can review your case, often during a free consultation session, and advise you on how to proceed.

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help You?

  • Navigate the legal system. Most truck accident victims aren’t familiar with the state and federal laws governing personal injury litigation.
  • Build your case. They have experience at conducting investigations, interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports and building a case that protects your rights.
  • Avoid errors. Personal injury claims can be tossed out due to small mistakes, missed deadlines, paperwork errors, or statements that you make, which could be used against you.
  • Negotiating skills. Accident victims with attorneys routinely receive higher payouts from defendants than victims without attorneys.

There are many options to consider regarding a personal injury lawsuit, as experienced attorneys, like the Indiana truck accident lawyers at a law practice such as the Ward & Ward Law Firm, can explain.