After an accident, how long do I have to file a claim?
Every case is different. Sometimes, notices or filings must be made within a few months to preserve the right to file a claim. It is important to contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure no lawful deadlines are missed.
What if I am partially at fault?
Your eligibility to recover damages is determined by your percentage of fault, as well as the state you reside in and where the accident took place.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company? What if they call?
Never give a statement to the other insurance company. If you are contacted, be polite and decline talking. Insurance claims adjusters are professional negotiators with extensive experience in gaining information that can hurt your claim, and they will discourage you from using the professional services of a lawyer.
What types of compensation are available for my case?
Each state sets forth the types, and sometimes limits what a plaintiff can recover as damages in a personal injury case. Obviously, the facts and circumstances of the particular case will determine which measure of damages may be appropriate. However, most jurisdictions allow victims of truck accidents to recover damages for out of pocket expenses as well as damages for mental anguish and pain and suffering. Some jurisdictions also allow an injured victim to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish a wrongdoer for particularly bad conduct. If you have a wrongful death case, you may also seek damages to include medical bills, funeral costs, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship, and potentially punitive damages against the defendant.
Am I in control of whether or not to settle the case?
You have the decision-making authority to accept an offer. We will provide counsel based on amounts we have seen in our experience, but you will have to determine whether to settle the case or not. If you decide not to accept a settlement offer, we will powerfully prepare your case for trial.
What does it cost for your firm to represent me?
You will owe us nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf. If you receive no compensation, neither do we. This is called working on a contingency fee basis. Lawyers are only paid a percent of what they recover for you. The percent charged will depend on several different factors that will be discussed and agreed upon in writing with your lawyer.