Truck accidents are not only scary, but also life-changing in ways that a plaintiff may not understand until it happens to them. You never expect to be driving along on the roadways when, all of a sudden, a truck barrels on through and hits you because they didn’t see you or for some other unforeseen reason. But what if you weren’t acting negligent when it comes to a trucking accident that involves you? What do you do and where do you turn? What laws and regulations should you be aware of, as well as how the process works?
There are many federal laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry, which establish certain guidelines and standards that should be followed. These laws will, most often, establish who was responsible for a trucking accident as well. But who is typically responsible when it comes to these accidents? Most often times, the defendants in a case will include either the truck’s driver, the owner of the truck or trailer involved, the person or company that leased the truck or trailer, the manufacturer of any of the truck equipment, or the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo. Many of these possible defendants will argue among themselves over who owes compensation for injuries sustained by the plaintiff. It just stands true that, at the end of the day, someone is responsible for the injuries (Fazioli).
What is the trucking accident lawsuit process?
Firstly, the accident actually occurs. This can happen in a variety of ways. Perhaps the commercial truck driver wasn’t paying attention or you were located within a zone in which they were unable to see you when the accident occurred. Possibly, they were driving too fast for specific bad weather conditions. Regardless, let’s say you ended up with a severe set of injuries, in this case, through no fault of your own. You will want to file a lawsuit in many cases, which starts with a personal injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer who understands the specific laws regarding these accidents will be able to give you up-to-date information regarding your state’s laws in order to help you get the most compensation possible. You deserve it!
However, one must also take care to remember that there is a statute of limitations on these types of cases. This means that the one taking up the claim must remember a specific filing deadline to bring about a lawsuit. It is important to find out what the statute of limitations is for your state. Make sure that you take action with the help of your lawyer as early as possible in order to avoid exceeding the deadlines that have been specified.
There is a chance that you may receive a large sum of money for your damages, this much is true. These types of serious accidents can also lead to very serious injuries, which means your chance at some extensive damages increases. However, your lawyer will want you to know your legal options surrounding the decisions you make and what you should ask for in compensation. They will help you determine the strength of your case based on many elements. Some of the factors involved include overall liability, what injuries you sustained on a physical level, and what money is available. This includes what money the party at fault can pay you out of their own pocket or what insurance coverage will do to cover the costs for your injuries (LI).
No matter what happens in a serious trucking accident, you should know you always have legal representation on your side at WTW. We understand your needs and can help you through the difficult and complex process of trucking accident litigation. Call today so we can get started on reviewing your case and working toward the compensation that you deserve. You deserve it.
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