Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous and serious types of transportation accidents that can happen. They often result in catastrophic and life-altering injuries and damages that lead to high medical costs. If this is the case in your trucking accident, we may be able to help you get compensation to cover your injuries and damages.
Many individuals in trucking accidents hesitate to file a claim because they aren't sure whether they should. Sometimes people assume that the legal process will be confusing and lengthy. If you have an experienced personal injury lawyer, that's not the case!
While you should file a trucking accident claim under almost all circumstances, here are some specific times you'll want to file a claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
The Timing is Right
If your trucking accident was many years ago, the chances of your claim being considered viable are slim to none. You want to make sure to hire a personal injury lawyer and file your claim as soon as possible! The sooner you get things in motion, the sooner you can:
- Find out if your case is viable
- Start the investigative process to collect critical information for your case (traffic footage, the truck driver's logbook, any evidence that the driver was under the influence, etc.)
- Collect the police report and have your lawyer speak with eyewitnesses
- Get an estimate for the amount of compensation you could potentially pursue
When you hold off on hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer like those at Cooney & Conway, you risk missing the window of time needed for any of the above.
You're Offered a Settlement by the Insurance Company
After an accident, the trucking company's insurance representative will typically contact you. Many times, they offer a settlement amount. Too many trucking accident victims take this settlement without discussing it with a lawyer and end up accepting a settlement that falls flat. You deserve a trucking accident settlement that covers all of your medical bills, damages, and other accident costs.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can take a look at your case and figure out how much compensation you should be getting. Additionally, they can take over all communication with the insurance company so that you don't have to deal with their haggling or denials. The insurance companies typically try to give you the lowest amount possible right out of the gate. Our lawyers can help you determine whether or not you should take the settlement or push for a higher amount. If they won't agree to a reasonable settlement amount, your lawyer can help you decide if it's time to go to trial. And if you go to trial, your Cooney & Conway lawyer will be there for you every step of the way; handling the litigation proceedings and making sure you're prepared for every step of the process.
You Suffered Catastrophic Injuries in a Trucking Accident
It's rare that a trucking accident doesn't involve catastrophic and life-changing injuries. Typically, a trucking accident results in many medical treatments and rehabilitation, missed paychecks, damages, and possibly even long-term disability or death. The road to recovery can be expensive and long.
Here are some of the catastrophic injuries you should be able to receive compensation for by filing a claim:
- Head, neck, or back Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Severe bruising or internal bleeding
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
An experienced lawyer will be able to estimate how much compensation you deserve based on your injuries and any future treatment that will be necessary.
You've Suffered Damages as a result of the Trucking Accident
"Damages" is kind of a broad term that covers many things. These damages can be tricky to calculate when it comes to compensation that may be warranted to cover them. Your lawyer should be able to help you estimate compensation for these common types of damages:
- Medical expenses and lifetime care costs
- Rehabilitation service costs
- Past and future lost wages
- Personal property
- Earning capacity lost
- Household service costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life and activities
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Loss of reputation
- Wrongful death (filed on behalf of family members who lost a loved one to a trucking accident)
A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Trucking accidents can cause a lot of pain, confusion, and stress. With the help of a Cooney & Conway personal injury lawyer who is experienced in trucking accidents, all of these feelings will lessen significantly. You don't have to face this alone!
Our lawyers will fight for the justice and compensation that you deserve for what you've endured. Don't wait to file your claim with the help of one of our lawyers.