Questions About Truck Accidents
What is the most common cause of truck accidents?
The most common cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue. In an effort to provide a quick delivery, many trucking companies encourage their drivers to ignore federal regulations regarding drive time. Truckers are not permitted to drive more than 16 hours in any 24 hour period. Sadly, many feel the necessity to break this law in order to meet deadlines. The end result is sleep-deprived truckers causing truck accidents that result in serious, if not fatal injuries.
Who is liable in a truck accident lawsuit?
Because of the multiple parties that are involved with a single truck delivery, several different people can potentially be held responsible in a truck accident case. When you come to us for your truck accident claim, our truck accident lawyers will conduct an investigation into your accident to determine fault and ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.
How long do I have to file a claim?
You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. However, waiting is never in your best interest. Trucking companies have teams of lawyers and insurance agents who will begin working as soon as possible to minimize the settlement you receive. The sooner you file your claim, the better your chances of obtaining full compensation.
What damages can I seek in a truck accident lawsuit?
Victims of truck accidents can pursue compensation for all of their losses: emotional, financial, professional, and physical. This may include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
When a loved one is killed in a truck accident, surviving family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In these cases, damages can include projected future income, loss of benefits, loss of companionship, and other case-specific damages.
Should I accept an insurance settlement for my truck accident?
When you accept a settlement from an insurance company, you may waive your right to seek compensation under a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance settlements are almost never enough to cover the full extent of your damages. Only an experienced truck accident attorney can make sure you secure the compensation you need to make a full recovery from your injuries.
If you have further questions about truck accidents, please contact Wapner Newman today for a free initial consultation.