Who needs a truck accident attorney?
California large truck crashes killed over 250 people in 2011, and injured more than 5,000.
If you are in a truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. For trucking companies, accidents are part of the business. Their insurance adjusters and lawyers have one goal: minimize the company’s legal and financial responsibility for accidents. They may quickly offer you what appears to be a generous cash settlement, but in return, you sign away your legal rights to any future claims or compensation.
Do I need to hire a truck accident attorney?
Trucking is a regulated industry, so recovering fair compensation after a truck accident is more complicated than dealing with an insurance company after a car accident. An experienced truck accident lawyer understands how commercial trucking companies work. Often, the trucking companies are self-insured, meaning they pay claims from their own money. This makes them more likely to underpay your claim or flat out deny responsibility. If you are injured by a commercial trucker, liability may rest with the individual driver, the company, the company’s mechanics, or someone else. An experienced truck accident attorney understands the issues of liability, proof, and causation.
An experienced truck accident attorney knows how to obtain and present the evidence supporting your claim. He knows how many hours a truck driver can legally drive in a day and a week, and how many breaks drivers have to take. Experienced truck accident lawyers know how to obtain a copy of the driver’s log book, which details how the driver’s hours are spent. Your lawyer will examine the route the driver was following, the driver’s training and experience, the maintenance logs on the truck, weather and road conditions at the time of the accident, and much more.
An experienced truck accident attorney understands how to assess the total present and future costs of your injuries, increasing your chances of getting a fair settlement. You and your family deserve to receive appropriate compensation for all your losses.
How will a truck accident attorney help me?
A truck accident can affect your quality of life and your ability to provide for your family. Compensation for your injuries can protect both your family and your future.
Common damages that are recoverable in truck accident cases include
- Medical care and related expenses
- Lost wages and future loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Emergency services
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Travel expenses
- Legal costs
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Value of household services
The value of damages such as doctor bills and auto repair expenses are straightforward. But there are also damages without an obvious price tag, such as pain and suffering, loss of future earnings, and value of household services. These losses are assigned a dollar value through the claims process.
Pain and suffering damages compensate an injured person for the reduction in his or her quality of life. After an injury, you may experience a loss of enjoyment in family, social, professional, and educational experiences, such as when
- a parent can no longer pick up and carry his or her child.
- a devoted recreational runner can no longer run in races.
- you become depressed because of your injuries and the financial strain caused by medical bills and lost wages.
Unpaid tasks that keep a household running, such as yard work, housecleaning, cooking and shopping, laundry, and some caretaking of children and other family members, are called household services. Injured persons can be compensated for the value of the household services he or she provided before the injury, but can no longer provide. The tasks must still be done, so the family might have to pay for outside help, or a family member might take time off from work to keep the household running.
How much does it cost to hire an experienced truck accident attorney?
Truck accident lawyer fees vary by law firm, but in general, the firm receives a percentage of the award or settlement in a truck accident case. The lawyers get paid after the case is resolved.
Cerritos Legal Services will provide a free confidential consultation to evaluate your case. Once we take your case, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Our law office provides personalized service including referrals to claims specialists and medical experts. Our team helps you and your family handle your affairs while your case is being resolved. We even work with doctors and specialists who can provide treatment on a lien-basis until your case is resolved.
Contact us today for your free consultation with a truck accident attorney at Cerritos Legal: 562-865-9356.