Who is at Fault for Your Accident?
A personal injury claim must first establish who is at fault and how the accident led to injuries and other losses. Negligent parties in a truck accident case may include:
The Truck Driver
Truck drivers must operate their vehicles under strict conditions set by their industry and their employer. However, this is not always the case. The driver may have been distracted, tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Trucking Company
The company hiring the drivers and managing the vehicles may have been negligent in ensuring that the truck was in safe driving condition or that the driver was adequately trained. Some companies may not vet their applicants to ensure they have qualified drivers.
The truck manufacturer or designer may have installed a defective part that hindered the driver from operating the vehicle safely. Common defective parts in a truck accident include brakes, tires, steering, headlights, and signals. When an accident occurs, the manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries.
Other negligent parties may include the maintenance or loading crew. As your attorneys, we will investigate your claim to help determine who is to blame for your accident.
Damages in a Truck Accident
Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries, massive medical debt, and other damages that alter the life of the victim or their family. As such, you have the right to recover your losses. Damages in a truck accident case may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Future medical care
- Costs of accommodations for disabilities
Also, you may be awarded punitive damages where gross negligence from the trucking company or manufacturer is established.
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, your family may be entitled to recovery of funeral expenses, medical costs, loss of household income, and pain and suffering of the deceased.
How Our Law Firm Can Help You Recover Your Losses
Marker & Crannell has worked with hundreds of clients and has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury lawsuits. We understand the legal system and how to negotiate a settlement with insurance companies, and if they don't offer a fair settlement, we will take the case to trial. We can help you with your case in the following ways:
Establish Fault and Liability
We can investigate your claim to help determine who is to blame for your injuries by gathering evidence such as surveillance video footage, eyewitness statements, expert witness testimony, police reports, or clues at the accident scene.
Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Don’t let the insurance company determine the value of your case. Let our law firm look at all of your damages and help you fight for maximum compensation. We can pursue a fair settlement with the insurance company based on your actual losses and not the insurer’s offer.
Represent You in Court
If the insurance company does not settle or rejects your claim, you have the option of filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court. We will aggressively litigate your case and turn over every stone to ensure you receive full justice. While many cases still settle even after a lawsuit is filed, our attorneys prepare every case as if it will go to trial so we are always ready.