Do I Need a Lawyer After a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries. The operations of semi trucks are governed by state laws and federal regulations. In the event of an accident, multiple parties (and multiple insurance companies) are likely to be involved.

For all of these reasons and more, it is in your best interest to hire a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. These claims are complex, and you may recover less compensation than you deserve if you try to handle the case on your own. 

Attorneys at Ventura Law have extensive experience in cases involving truck accidents. Please call (203) 800-8000 today for a free consultation. Our team serves clients throughout Connecticut and New York.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Will Investigate the Crash

Although you may be able to start gathering information at the scene of the truck accident, it is far likelier that you will be taken to the hospital for your injuries after a wreck with a semi truck. Through no fault of your own, you may not have the opportunity to photograph the scene, exchange information with the driver, speak to witnesses, or take other crucial steps.

Your truck accident lawyer can take these steps on your behalf. A thorough investigation will encompass not only how the accident occurred and the immediate aftermath but factors that led up to the crash.

Elements of your truck accident lawyer’s investigation may include:

  • Documenting the crash site
  • Examining your vehicle, the truck, and any other vehicles involved in the accident
  • Reviewing the truck driver’s log book
  • Investigating the driver’s background and work history
  • Investigating the trucking company for previous violations
  • Investigating the cargo and bills of lading to determine how it was loaded and secured
  • Obtaining and reviewing electronic records

Many different factors can cause a truck accident. Your lawyer will know where to look and how to gather crucial evidence for your claim.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Will Identify All Liable Parties

Liability is a complex question in many truck accident claims. Multiple parties may be at fault for a truck accident, including:

  • The driver of the semi truck
  • The company that hired the driver and/or owned the truck
  • The company that loaded the truck
  • The mechanic or company that services the truck
  • The manufacturer of a defective part on the cab and/or the trailer

When your truck accident claim seeks compensation from multiple parties, multiple insurance companies will likely be involved. Each of these companies will strive to limit the amount they have to pay.

This is why thorough investigation is so important to your case. The evidence gathered by your truck accident lawyer may help establish both who is liable for your injuries and their share of the responsibility.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Will Fully Account for Your Losses

In the aftermath of any motor vehicle accident, it is natural to be most concerned about the cost of your injuries. You may be facing extensive medical bills, as well as the prospect of expensive ongoing care. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, the loss of earnings is another immediate concern.

Your truck accident lawyer will account for all of your immediate losses as well as other damages in your case. These may include:

  • Current medical bills
  • Anticipated medical expenses for future surgeries, physical therapy, etc.
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity, if you can no longer perform your previous job duties
  • Out-of-pocket costs for adaptive equipment, home renovations, vehicle modifications, etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Damages such as pain and suffering are difficult to calculate without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Your attorney will ensure that all of the losses you seek to recover are supported by the evidence.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Knows the Laws and Regulations

Knowledge and experience are crucial qualities to look for when hiring an accident lawyer. They are especially important in truck accident claims due to the complexities of federal trucking regulations and the state trucking laws that may apply.

Excess weight, hours of service violations, and other issues may be part of your trucking accident claim. Your lawyer needs to be able to navigate the applicable statutes and regulations to prepare your case thoroughly and present evidence of negligence compellingly.

A Truck Accident Lawyer Will Handle All Aspects of Your Claim

For the average person, negotiating with one insurance company is difficult enough. In truck accident cases where multiple parties and insurance companies are involved, it is virtually impossible to represent yourself and get the compensation you deserve.

Experienced truck accident lawyers will serve your best interest in negotiations with the parties in your case. They know the tactics insurance companies use, and they will prepare the strongest case possible on your behalf.

Should your truck accident claim proceed to trial, your lawyer will have experience with courtroom procedure and be able to argue why you are entitled to compensation for your serious injuries.

Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today

At Ventura Law, we make it our mission to help clients navigate their rights. This is a complicated task in truck accident claims, but our lawyers have the experience and history of results to meet the challenges of your case and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Ventura Law has offices in Connecticut and New York. Please call (203) 800-8000 today for a free consultation with our experienced truck accident lawyers.