Eighteen-wheeler accidents are often catastrophic. After all, few motor vehicles are a match for a commercial truck given the discrepancy in size and weight. Fortunately, if you have been injured and someone else is responsible for causing your injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
When you are unsure whether you have grounds for a civil claim, a top-rated attorney at the Halperin Law Center can help you figure out what course of action you should take and what you could be entitled to.
The difference in the severity of the accident and injuries, however, is only one of the differences between a car accident and a motor vehicle accident that also involves a commercial tractor trailer. As such, when there are serious injuries or death resulting from a truck accident, the victims should ensure that they seek out an attorney who is experienced in tractor trailer and commercial truck accidents and the various causes, and that they do so as soon as they are ready, as time is of the essence in making these claims and ensuring evidence from the accident scene is preserved. An experienced trucking accident attorney, like you will find at the Halperin Law Center, will be able to navigate the hundreds of laws and regulations involved in commercial trucking, ensure all possible theories of liability and defendants are pursued, and that your recovery for your damages is maximized.
One of the most important aspects of any truck accident claim is the part where your legal team establishes fault. For your lawsuit to be successful, your lawyer must prove, based on a preponderance of the evidence, that the truck company is liable for your financial and other losses.
There are many causes of trucking accidents. Some of the most common accidents include:
Although every case is different, the parties that cause them are often the same. Some of the parties could include:
Victims of truck accidents should be entitled to full compensation for their losses when another party is responsible for the accident. These should include both financially based (economic) losses and non-monetary (non-economic) losses. Some various damages you may be able to seek as part of your claim include:
Your lawyer will need to know every way your life has been impacted by the accident, no matter how minute you think they may be. This will help to ensure you are awarded maximum compensation for all you have been through.
If you feel overwhelmed or intimidated at the thought of filing a claim, you are not alone. But with a battle-tested Halperin Law Center lawyer by your side, you can feel empowered and start to begin rebuilding your life.
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This answer depends on a variety of factors, but in summary, the injury-causing accident must be the result of the wrongful act of another person or company. According to the Virginia Contributory Negligence law, in most circumstances if you are at all responsible for the accident or injury, you cannot recover. That being said, you should not necessarily trust the opinion or advice of an insurance company or claims adjuster as to whether or not you are at fault or contributed to the accident, as they may not (and likely do not) have your best interests in mind. Contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury or wrongful death law to make this determination.
Though very common, this is a difficult question to answer at the beginning of a case. Each case is different, involving multiple factors, many of which may be unknown at the time of your injury. In short, these types of cases are designed to compensate you for damages (physical and financial) you have suffered. The amount of compensation depends on factors such as: severity of the injuries and whether they were permanent or disfiguring; if a hospital stay was required; the amount of time (and/or pay) lost from work; the amount of your past and future medical bills; whether or not surgery was required; and/or available insurance coverage. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine the relevant specifics of your situation and estimate the potential value of your case.
The amount of time you have to make a claim from the date of the accident/injury depends on where the accident happened and the type of claim you are making. In Virginia, it is generally 2 years from the date of the injury, however there are some governmental claims that must be brought within a year. In the District in Columbia, it’s usually 3 years from the date of injury. In Maryland, it’s typically the same. However, there are exceptions, and you should contact a trial lawyer who specializes in personal injury or wrongful death cases in order to determine how long you have to file a claim.