Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
If you were hurt in a truck accident, a truck accident attorney at our firm can help you seek the compensation you deserve. In doing so, they may provide services, such as:
- Gathering evidence
- Determining liability
- Calculating your damages
- Negotiating a settlement
A truck accident injury can cause significant long-term damage to your mental, physical, and financial well-being. You shouldn’t have to focus on building a case while you’re in recovery. Instead, let a truck accident attorney on our team represent you throughout the claims process.
Reconstructing the Truck Accident and Compiling Evidence
One of the first steps in a truck accident case is obtaining evidence. Our personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles who takes truck accident claims can help you find the necessary documentation to show how the accident occurred and establish the accident’s severity. The information they may use to support your case includes:
Your medical records show the type and extent of your injuries, the amount of care and treatment you require, and the costs associated with your care.
The aftermath of a truck accident can feel like a blur. Witness statements can provide critical details about how the accident occurred, who may be at fault, and other factors that affected the accident.
Video and Photo Evidence
In some cases, your lawyer may be able to obtain photos of the accident site, including skid marks, damage to the vehicles, final vehicle resting positions, and injuries you sustained. Videos from nearby businesses, CCTV, traffic cameras, and dashcams from the truck involved can help you prove who was at fault in the accident.
Establishing the Financial Value of Your Losses
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 people were killed in large truck accidents in 2020, and approximately 147,000 were injured. The injuries that result from a truck accident can be especially severe due to the greater size and weight of commercial trucks.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to pay for the losses you sustained. Our truck accident lawyer can help you determine which damages you can include in your claim and valuate them accordingly. While every case is unique, certain damages are common in truck accident claims, such as:
- Property damage costs
- Lost income
- Medical expenses for past and future
- Pain and Suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional anguish
- Wrongful death damages
Economic damages, such as lost income, medical bills, and property damage, can be calculated using invoices, pay stubs, and other tangible documentation. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and diminished quality of life are less easy to quantify, but your economic damages and the effect of your injuries may help us determine an amount. Our Southern California truck accident lawyer can evaluate your economic and non-economic damages in order to seek a full settlement for your losses.
Determining Who Is Liable for Your Truck Accident
To determine who is responsible for a truck accident, you must first know how the accident occurred. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney on our team may use the evidence we previously mentioned to understand the accident and establish fault. Common causes of truck accidents may include:
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
- Lack of driving experience
- Defective or faulty vehicle components
- Poorly maintained vehicle systems
There May Be Multiple Responsible Parties
With so many potential causes of a truck accident, many parties can play a role in the legal process. For example, if a commercial truck driver lost control of their vehicle while speeding and hit you, they may be at fault for the accident. However, the trucking company they work for could be held accountable since they usually take financial responsibility for their employees’ negligence.
Other negligent parties in a truck accident could include:
- A driver of another vehicle
- The company who employed the truck driver
- The company responsible for truck maintenance and repairs
- The company responsible for manufacturing defective or failed vehicle parts
- The city or another entity responsible for maintaining the roadways in good condition
- The construction company responsible for obstacles in the road or other unsafe conditions
When you work with our Los Angeles personal injury attorney who takes tractor-trailer accident cases, they can help you identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable for your losses.
Submitting a Demand and Conducting Negotiations
Once your truck accident attorney has established the accident timeline, valuated your claim, and determined fault, they may submit a demand letter to the responsible parties’ insurer for the total value of your losses. If they come back with a low offer, we can negotiate with the insurance companies to seek a fair settlement.
From the beginning of the claim process, your attorney can prepare your case as if it’s going to trial. While many truck accident claims settle out of court, your lawyer will be ready to pursue your case as far as possible to help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact KJT Law Group to Discuss Your Truck Accident Claim
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a truck, our lawyers could help you recover compensation for your losses. We take truck accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t pay any fees unless and until we obtain a settlement or court award for you.
The legal team at KJT Law Group provides victims of personal injury and wrongful death with support and dedication in even the most complex cases. Call us at (818) 507-8525 today for a free consultation. Don’t wait to reach out to us, as CCP § 335.1 limits how much time we have to take legal action.