Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accidents Threaten Your Time, Energy, and Finances. Don’t Bear The Weight of It Alone.
Trucking companies ultimately have one goal in mind: to make a profit. As a result, they may turn a blind eye to critical safety procedures, dwindle maintenance schedules, or fail to fully train their drivers in order to secure their cash flow. Some companies may even encourage their drivers to break federal trucking regulations and drive more hours than the law allows. With thousands of drivers relying on highways for their daily commute, all it takes is one poorly equipped tractor-trailer driver to change your life in an instant.
If a trucking company's negligence led to your accident, they should be held accountable for the damages they have caused. Unfortunately, tractor-trailer accident cases fall into a complex and unique legal sector. They are different from the average car collision. Therefore, proving fault in a truck accident can be difficult, 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 Responsible for My Truck Accident?
If you've been injured in a truck accident, multiple parties may share responsibility for the crash. Several factors can come into play, including inadequate vehicle maintenance, faulty parts, and poor cargo loading. When it comes to establishing liability in a tractor-trailer accident claim, the responsible parties may include:
The process of dealing with the insurance companies and their attorneys can make it difficult for victims to get the money they need without help. If you or a family member were hurt in a collision with a truck or tractor-trailer, it's a good idea to consult with an experienced accident attorney.
Types of Truck Accident Lawsuits
Those hurt or harmed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer may be able to file a lawsuit for damages and losses caused by the crash. Many people don’t know that there can be more than one type of truck accident lawsuit that a victim can pursue. The decision to sue is something that an experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyer can help with. The most common types of tractor-trailer accident litigation include:
Negligence: Filing a claim to recover compensation for injuries after a tractor-trailer accident will often be based on the tractor-trailer driver's negligence. Some common signs of truck driver negligence include:
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 to be successful. This can be done by expert analysis, testing, and testimony.
Wrongful Death: Tractor-trailer accidents often result in people being killed. In some cases, the surviving family may file a claim on behalf of their loved one to recover compensation for their losses.
What Compensation Can I Receive After A Truck Accident?
The harm that a victim suffers after a serious tractor-trailer accident can last a lifetime. A person may be left with 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. The compensation you can receive in a truck accident personal injury claim depends on the severity and type of injuries 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 resulting from a tractor-trailer accident, including:
Non-economic damages compensate the victim or family for non-financial, intangible losses, which include:
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 Shouldn't I Accept a Settlement Offered by The Insurance Company?
Insurance companies put the needs of investors and policyholders far before your own. Their goal is to either not pay a claim at all or to pay out as little as possible. When a tractor-trailer is involved, this fact holds especially true.
Although insurance companies may offer to pay you some compensation, they do not always provide you sufficient compensation to make you whole. It's essential to keep this fact in mind and realize that the offer an insurance company makes may be far less than the compensation you may be entitled to. Unfortunately, litigation is often necessary on serious cases to get treated fairly.
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Attorney?
Sorting out all the legal and financial issues you may face following a tractor-trailer accident can prove to be difficult alone. However, having an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side can make a huge difference in your case. Tractor-trailer accidents often involve several unique factors that require a professional legal approach. Additionally, the laws governing tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are unique in North and South Carolina truck accident litigation, respectively. You need a truck accident attorney who has experience dealing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson understand all these laws and federal regulations and know what legal rights you have if you've been injured or suffered significant losses and damages due to a tractor-trailer or truck accident.
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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.*
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