Truck accidents can be devastating events. The injuries can be severe, while the emotional trauma can be lifelong and painful. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. You could be facing months or even years of recovery, and the last thing you may want to deal with is the stress and hassle of a legal battle.
Make sure your case is treated fairly by seeking legal representation from experienced attorneys. Thousands of people are killed or injured in truck accidents every year, and many collisions could have been prevented if the truck driver or trucking company had followed the proper safety procedures. You should not have to bear the financial burden of any collision that was not your fault.
We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family. We will do everything we can to make the legal process as stress-free as possible. Protect your rights and get the money you are entitled to for your pain and suffering. Complete our online contact form or call 1-866-909-6894 today for a free consultation.
Multiple Parties May Be At Fault in a Truck Accident Case
After a collision, you may be wondering who can be held responsible for your damages. The answer depends on the facts of your case. There are generally three parties who can be sued in a truck accident case: the truck driver, the trucking company, and the manufacturer of the truck or its parts. However, multiple parties could share the responsibility to varying degrees.
Here are some examples of parties who may be held liable:
- The truck driver: You may be able to sue the driver for being negligent in some way – for example, driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The trucking company: The trucking company can also be held responsible for a truck accident. This is because trucking companies are required by law to properly maintain their vehicles and ensure that their drivers are qualified and safe. If the company was negligent in hiring or supervising the driver, or if the company failed to maintain the truck properly, they could be held liable.
- The manufacturer of the truck or its parts: The manufacturer of the truck or its parts can also be sued. This is because these companies are responsible for ensuring the safety of their products. If unsafe, then the manufacturer or maker can be held liable for any accidents or injuries that occur as a result.
- A repair shop or mechanic that worked on the truck: If you are injured in a truck accident, one potential source of compensation is the repair shop or mechanic that worked on the truck. If the truck had mechanical problems that contributed to the collision, the repair shop may be held liable if you can prove they were negligent in their repairs. This can be difficult to do, though, without expert testimony.
- A goods shipper: Anyone involved in the shipping of goods could also be held liable in certain cases. This includes the shipper, the carrier, and any other third parties involved in the transport of goods.
How to Gather Evidence Against At-Fault Parties in a Truck Accident
There are many factors to consider in order to determine who can be held liable. To prove liability in a truck accident case, it is critical to have strong evidence and an experienced attorney on your side.
The first step is to identify all of the parties involved in the collision and decide who was responsible for each contributing factor. This evidence can include:
- Eyewitness statements
- Photographs of the accident scene
- The police report
You will want to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney who will lead the investigation of the collision and determine who may be held liable. The attorney will be able to discern which evidence will be key to building a solid case.
Why Should You File a Lawsuit After a Truck Accident?
You may be wondering whether it is necessary to file a lawsuit after a truck accident. Here are some factors to consider when deciding:
- The severity of your injuries and cost of your medical bills: If you have suffered serious injuries like broken bones, spinal cord damage, or brain trauma and your medical bills are piling up, you may need to sue in order to get the money you need to pay for your treatment and long-term care.
- The amount of time you have missed from work: If you have had to miss a significant amount of time from work due to your injuries, you could pursue a lawsuit in order to make up for lost wages. This is vital if you have become disabled or may be unable to work for a considerable amount of time.
- The pain and suffering you have endured: If your injuries have caused you a great deal of pain and suffering, you may want to file a lawsuit in order to get compensated for that pain. You should also consider the effect your injuries have had on your quality of life.
- Damage to your property: You may be able to receive compensation for your vehicle or any other property damages that were caused by the accident.
- Punitive damages: These are damages that are meant to punish the truck driver or trucking company for their negligent actions.
Your personal injury attorney can assess your case and determine whether filing a lawsuit is in your best interests.
Seek the Compensation You Deserve With Judd Shaw Injury Law
No one ever wants to be in an accident. If you were involved in one, it is vital to know your rights and how to protect them. That is why our team believes legal guidance should be easy to access and why we offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the details of your case and learn more about our approach to getting you justice.
Our dedicated truck accident lawyers at Judd Shaw Injury Law have experience fighting against big trucking companies and their insurance providers. We know how to build a strong case on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Do not delay. Please be aware that your time is limited for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a truck accident. If you wait too long, you may be unable to recoup any compensation for your injuries and suffering.
We know the ins and outs of the legal system and we will fight to get you the justice you deserve. Fill out the free online contact form or call 1-866-909-6894 today to schedule a free consultation.