Who is Responsible for My Trucking Accident?
Determining what caused a truck accident and who is liable for your damages can be a challenging task. Determining fault requires attorneys to review police reports, witness testimony, and other available evidence. It may require independent investigation and accident reconstruction, or the insight of experts.
It also demands legal insight to identify appropriate defendants, available insurance, and cause for action. Examples of parties that may be held at fault in truck accident lawsuits:
- Negligent truckers and the companies that employs them.
- Trucking operators that violate federal regulations.
- Negligent third-party services contracted by trucking companies to perform vehicle maintenance or handle distribution and cargo-loading.
- Automakers or vehicle part manufactures responsible for product defects.
- Negligent subcontractors who cause trucking accidents on multi-employer worksites.
- Premises owners responsible for hazards that cause truck accidents on private property.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement?
Trucking operators responsible for accidents are represented by their insurance companies. These insurers owe their policyholders a duty of good faith, but they owe no such duty to you.
Because they are corporations that put profits over people, insurance companies will go to great lengths to pay victims as little as possible. If you are contacted by an insurance company, remember:
- You are not required to speak with a defendant’s insurer.
- Your attorney can handle communications with insurers on your behalf.
- You do not have to accept a settlement offer, especially before you know the full extent of your damages.
Insurance companies want to settle truck accident claims as quickly and as cheaply as they can. This is because they know truck accident victims can suffer serious if not catastrophic injuries, and that trucking lawsuits pose the threat of big payouts. If you have been made an offer, our attorneys can help you determine if it is fair, or discuss how you may be entitled to more.
How Much is a Truck Accident Lawsuit Worth?
The value of a truck accident lawsuit depends on a variety of factors specific to your case. In general, victims of personal injury are entitled to compensation for damages such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life arising from disability or disfigurement
- Other financial and emotional losses arising from the accident
How Can an Attorney Help My Truck Accident Case?
Trucking companies and commercial insurance carriers are in a business of risk. They know accidents pose threats to their bottom line, and will deny, dispute, and underpay claims any way they can. Without an attorney, you not only risk being taken advantage of by insurance carriers, you also lack leverage to compel them into paying what you deserve.
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has been serving New Jersey since 1939. We have cultivated a network of experts, investigators, and medical specialists who help us build the strongest possible claims. With our experience negotiating settlements and litigating trucking cases at trial, our opponents know they’re in for a fight, and are much more willing to treat our clients fairly than if they did not have representation.
How Can a NJ Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?A personal injury is an injury to you—and it can happen in a hundred different ways. A NJ personal injury lawyer will help explain what your rights are and help you to handle lost wages, medical bills, and, of course, the claim against the person who caused your injury. Call us directly at one of our eight convenient neighborhood offices or make an appointment for a free consultation. We are here to help you however we can.
How Do I Find Out If I Have a Case?All you have to do is call us at one of our eight neighborhood offices and speak with one of our NJ personal injury attorneys. If you would rather come to the office, just call and make an appointment. Of course, the consultation is free. If you would rather not speak to an attorney initially, you have the option of filling out a form for a free consultation. It is always best to contact us as soon as you can so we can start an investigation.
Can You Tell Me How Much Is My Case Worth?
Since all personal injury cases are different, telling you the exact worth of your case is nearly impossible. You should be very wary if a legal professional guarantees you any specific amount of compensation prior to accepting your case. At our firm, we look at a number of different factors to provide you with an idea of the potential value of your case.
These include the amount of medical expenses caused by the defendant's actions, pain and suffering, lost wages and earning potential, the cost of any future medical or related expenses, loss of consortium, an even punitive damages in extreme cases. While we cannot give you a specific dollar amount, we can give you an estimate of what your case could possibly be worth if it were to go to trial or be settled out of court. At the end of the day, the final amount will have to be decided by a jury or through a settlement.
How Do I Decide Which Lawyer I Should Hire?Personal injury litigation is complicated. You should look for a personal injury lawyer who has been certified by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is fortunate to have a Certified Civil Trial Attorney at each of our eight neighborhood offices.
How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Charge?The Supreme Court of New Jersey has set a fee schedule for attorneys who represent clients with personal injury cases. The fee is contingent upon winning the case through settlement or jury verdict. Therefore, if the case is unsuccessful, there is no fee. If the case is successful, the attorney will charge a 33% fee after deducting litigation expenses from the settlement amount. Fees for infants and incompetents are generally 25%, not 33%.
What Should I Do After I Have Been Injured?
While every personal injury case is unique, there are certain factors that remain consistent. For example, you should always make sure to see a medical professional (preferably a different one in cases of medical negligence) to get the care and treatment you need. After that, make sure you record and document everything as best as possible.
Were you hurt in a car accident? Take pictures of the scene of the collision and get the contact information of witnesses. Was your loved one neglected in a nursing home? Request the reports regarding their care so that you can keep a record of them. Were you hurt on the job? Report it to your employer as soon as possible to protect the validity of your claim.
Keeping track of important information related to your case and making sure you see a doctor can all be crucial in ensuring you can bring a valid claim forward in the future. Most importantly, you should discuss your case with a NJ personal injury attorney if you think your injuries were caused by negligence or malicious actions.