In 2011, there were approximately 60,000 injury crashes involving large trucks, and 3,341 fatal truck crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Given the size and weight of huge trucks, the damages in these types of accidents are usually quite substantial, causing catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries.
When someone is injured or killed in an accident involving a commercial truck, the victim or victim’s family may file a claim for restitution against the trucking company if negligence was involved.
Do you need an attorney for a large truck accident claim?
Yes, in most cases you do. Some auto accidents with no serious injuries might be fairly simple and may not necessitate a lawyer. However, with large truck accidents, the damages are usually extensive, and dealing with the trucking company can be difficult.
For instance, one of the major aspects of filing a claim or suit against a trucking company is proving negligence or fault. If a trucker was in violation of one of the many federal regulations that truck drivers have to follow, the company may be liable for your damages. Other parties could be liable as well depending on the circumstances, including shippers, mechanics, truck manufacturers and more. But if you aren’t aware of all the federal trucking laws or how to refute the trucking company’s counterclaims, how will you know how to prove your case?
It will take knowledge of the laws, research and collection of evidence to present a strong case to win a fair settlement. Rather than handling it pro se (yourself) and possibly wrecking your claim, hire a lawyer in Pennsylvania with a background in truck accident claims to handle this for you and fight for your best interests.
Fighting for Your Best Interests
Your best interest, in plain language, is to be fully compensated for your damages. That’s what your lawyer’s aim will be.
There will be numerous tasks to accomplish to resolve your case successfully. Your lawyer will walk you through the process and explain the procedures, objectives and red tape. Some of the key aspects of the claim process will be to:
- preserve and collect evidence;
- determine if and how the truck driver/trucking company was at fault for the accident;
- make sure you abide by all the legal time limits and that all the proper paperwork is filed;
- consult field experts to calculate the totality of your damages;
- construct defenses against counterclaims that you were at fault;
- negotiate with the company and turn down any lowball offers; and
- push for a fair settlement award.
Find a Truck Accident Lawyer In Stroudsburg Who Pushes for Maximum Compensation
If all of this sounds like a lot, you’re right. But with fortitude and an attorney representing you, truck accident cases can be resolved successfully, and you can get the compensation to which you’re entitled.
That’s what we’re here for. Our team at ARM Lawyers will ensure that your rights are upheld, your case is fairly presented and your best interests are represented. Contact us today at one of our offices offices in Stroudsburg, Palmerton or Bethlehem to schedule a free legal consultation – 570-257-4509.