Franklin Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accidents Aren't Your Typical Crash. You Need an Experienced Approach.
Unfortunately, tractor-trailer and commercial truck accident cases are remarkably more complicated than your average car accident. Proving fault in a truck accident can be very challenging, especially when a trucking company and its legal team are involved. This is where the professional truck accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson step in.
Who is Liable for My Truck Accident?
When establishing liability in a truck accident claim, there may be several parties responsible, including:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The vehicle parts manufacturer
- The shipping company
- The cargo loader
- The shipping brokers
With so many moving parts and people involved, many victims are left feeling pressured to accept a quick settlement leading them to recover much less than they are legally entitled to. Don't let an insurance or trucking company pressure you into accepting less than you deserve.* At Grimes Teich Anderson, we are here to help you. If you or a family member were hurt in a collision with a truck or tractor-trailer, it is in your best interest to consult with our experienced truck accident attorneys. Contact us today by calling 800-533-6845 or submitting a free case evaluation form on our website.
Types of Truck Accident Litigation
After an accident involving a truck or tractor-trailer, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages and losses caused by the crash. Many people are unaware that there can be more than one type of truck accident lawsuit that a victim can pursue. An experienced truck accident attorney will know exactly which kind applies to you. Different types of truck accident litigation include:
Negligence: Filing a claim to recover compensation for injuries after a tractor-trailer accident will often depend on the tractor-trailer driver's negligence. Some common types of truck driver negligence include:
- Lack of truck driving experience
- Driving an overloaded truck
- Operating an oversized tractor-trailer on narrow or restricted roads
- Failure to see other cars due to a large blind spot
- Disregarding traffic laws
- Driving for too long without sleep or breaks
- Failure to keep the tractor-trailer in a safe, working condition
- Lack of supervision or training
- Driving with poor physical health
Wrongful Death: Unfortunately, truck accidents can prove fatal. In some of these cases, surviving members of the victim's family and dependents may file a claim to recover compensation for their losses.
Product Liability: If a defect in the tractor-trailer or one of its parts contributed to the crash, you might be able to file a claim against the product manufacturer(s). Victims must prove the defect originated in the manufacturing process for this type of litigation to succeed. This can be accomplished by using expert analysis, testing, and testimony that a truck accident attorney can help provide.
The Different Types of Compensation Recovered After a Truck Accident
The damages, losses, pain, and suffering that a victim suffers after a serious tractor-trailer accident can last a lifetime. This could result in substantial, ongoing bills for medical care, rehabilitation, and extended care or assistance. Additionally, many victims who are hurt in tractor-trailer accidents can no longer perform their old job or work in any other capacity, resulting in lost wages and income.
The compensation you can receive in a truck accident personal injury claim depends on the severity and type of injuries, damages, and losses you have suffered. Like other personal injury lawsuits, the types of compensation available to tractor-trailer accident victims fall into different categories: economic losses, non-economic harms, and possibly punitive damages.
Economic damages help cover the specific monetary costs associated with a tractor-trailer accident, including:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages compensate the victim or family for non-financial, intangible losses, which include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium (companionship and sexual relationship)
- Permanent injury and disability
- Future pain and suffering
In addition to the damages listed above, victims may be able to seek punitive damages if the tractor-trailer driver's actions that caused the accident were malicious, reckless, willful, or fraudulent. Punitive damages punish the offender and prevent similar behavior in the future.
Why You Should Hire a Truck Accident Attorney
Sorting out all the legal and financial issues you may face following a tractor-trailer accident can prove to be stressful and time-consuming to handle alone. Tractor-trailer accidents often involve several factors that require a professional legal approach. Additionally, the laws governing tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles are unique in North and South Carolina truck accident litigation. The truck accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson have a deep understanding of these laws, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), to help you recover the full amount of compensation available to you.
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Grimes Teich Anderson has over four decades of experience protecting and fighting for good people – especially truck accident victims. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers have litigated truck accident cases and negotiated truck accident settlements with insurance companies. They know how to get you the total compensation you deserve.* Contact us for a free consultation with one of our lawyers by calling 800-533-6845 or completing our case evaluation form online today.