Trucking Accident Attorney Deer Valley
Being in a truck accident is a traumatic experience that can be made worse by dealing with legal and financial fallout. Never assume that the negligent party will admit fault and offer compensation to cover the cost of your injuries and other damages. In fact, the at-fault trucker will likely try to place the blame on you for the accident. Trucking companies have the resources to hire a legal team and insurance adjusters who will fight you tooth and nail. A trucking accident lawyer Deer Valley at the Ferguson Law Group will not let an insurance company or defense attorney take advantage of you. We have the experience, skills, and resources to handle this type of complex personal injury claim and we will not back down until the insurance company offers you the fair compensation you deserve.
Identifying Who’s at Fault in a Truck Accident Claim
Hiring a Deer Valley lawyer from the Ferguson Law Group will ensure that you have someone on your side who will protect your financial future and legal rights. Without a truck wreck attorney by your side, the insurance company will try to take advantage of you and will not offer a fair settlement.
To receive compensation for your injuries, you must determine who was at fault in the trucking accident. If the accident was not your fault, it may seem obvious that the trucker was negligent. While that’s usually the case, a third party may be to blame.
A truck accident is very complex because of the relationship between the trucking company and the driver. Additionally, complex internal contracts can come into play when determining negligence.
For example, if the trucker was working as an employee for a trucking company that was hired to transport goods for a retail store, the retail store may be liable according to the contract. If not, the trucking company that hired the trucker could be held liable. However, if the trucker was an independent contractor, they may maintain legal liability.
If you can determine what caused the truck accident it will be significantly easier to determine who should be held liable for damages. You must determine liability so that you can file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Many different elements can come together to cause an accident.
Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include:
When a trailer is loaded, it takes someone with experience in securing and loading heavy objects to ensure that the load will not move, slide, or shift when the trucker turns. If the loading company did a poor job of securing the load and the weight shift caused the driver to lose control, resulting in an accident, you can file a claim against the cargo loading company.
Poor Road Conditions
The government is responsible for maintaining roadways. If the government failed to ensure safe roads for drivers and you were injured due to a roadway hazard, you can hold the government responsible for your injuries and other damages.
There are strict federal regulations regarding how long a truck driver is allowed to drive. If the truck driver failed to follow these rules, both the truck driver and the trucking company can be held liable for the accident and any damages sustained as the result.
Faulty Truck Parts
If a faulty truck part, such as defective brakes, was to blame for your accident, you can hold the manufacturer liable.
Poor Truck Maintenance
A trucking accident can also be caused by poor mechanical work or lack of maintenance. For example, if the truck just had its tires replaced and a tire blows because it was not inflated properly, causing the accident, then the company in charge of maintaining their trucks could be held liable.
Aside from determining fault in a trucking accident, a truck wreck lawyer must also gather evidence that can prove negligence. A trucking accident attorney must build a strong case that includes evidence such as photos, eyewitness testimony, police reports, medical records, the driver’s driving record, logbook of driving hours, employee records, and other evidence that can confirm your version of the events.
Claim Value in a Trucking Accident Case
After a trucking accident, accident victims can require weeks, months, or years of ongoing medical treatment. This means your medical bills will continue to rise, and so will your losses that are associated with things such as lost wages from time missed at work and transportation to and from doctor appointments.
Unfortunately, accident victims may settle too quickly, without considering these future costs. If you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company, it will not be nearly enough to compensate you for all of your damages, including ongoing medical costs.
An Arizona trucking accident lawyer can calculate what your future expenses will be and will include them in your demand for compensation.
When negotiating for a fair settlement, your truck accident lawyer will likely ask for the following types of compensation:
- Current and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages
- Property damage
Economic damages are the losses the accident has caused in your life of a financial nature. For example, your accident-related medical bills would be considered financial losses. Other types of economic damages can include things like mental health treatment, rehabilitative therapy, caregiving expenses, and property damage.
Non-economic damages refer to the losses you’ve faced that are not tied to financial costs. These damages can include pain and suffering, permanent injury, permanent scarring, mental anguish, and more.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
An insurance company is a business. Insurance adjusters are trained to negotiate the lowest settlement amount possible, which is why they often try to contact the accident victim as soon as possible after an accident before the victim can retain an 18-wheeler lawyer.
Avoid speaking to the insurance adjuster before you’ve talked to a truck wreck lawyer. An insurance adjuster will ask questions that are confusing and misleading, hoping you will say something they can use against you. They may also pressure you into accepting their low settlement offer. If you do accept the offer, you will be unable to file a lawsuit in the future, even if your medical condition worsens. An attorney will protect your claim and your rights by handling all communication with the insurance company. They will also take over settlement negotiations. Our trucking accident attorneys are very familiar with the types of tactics insurance companies will use to trick accident victims into admitting fault or accepting lowball settlement offers. We will not allow an insurance company to intimidate you or take advantage of you.
Contact a Deer Valley Truck Wreck Lawyer at the Ferguson Law Group Today
Speak with a qualified Arizona truck wreck attorney from the Ferguson Law Group today. We will review your case and discuss your legal options so you can make an informed decision regarding how you want to proceed with your case. If you decide to work with one of our attorneys, we will immediately begin an investigation and build a strong case that will hold the at-fault parties responsible for your injuries and other damages. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and find out how the 18-wheeler lawyers at the Ferguson Law Group can help.
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