Due to the complexity of truck accident cases, determining who is at fault for your injuries and what your case is worth can be difficult. Furthermore, you may receive a lower settlement offer for your damages than you deserve. A Duquesne truck accident lawyer may help you protect your rights and get you compensation based on your actual case value.
Berger and Green understands the challenges that clients face in truck accidents. Call our law firm at (412) 661-1400 to get a free case assessment.
Causes of Truck Accidents
One of the most important elements in a truck accident case is determining how the accident happened and who is at fault. Some of the reasons for truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Texting/Distracted driving
- Roadway problems
- Lack of proper driver training
- Poor maintenance
- Improper inspections
Our truck accident lawyers may conduct a thorough inspection of the accident to determine who was responsible and how the accident led to your injuries. Regardless of how your accident occurred or the complexity of the case, you should not have to suffer without appropriate compensation if your accident resulted from negligent actions on behalf of another party.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Claim
A commercial truck accident can lead to devastating injuries or a fatality due to the sheer size and weight of the truck. In addition, there may be more than one party responsible for the accident.
We may obtain evidence from an array of sources to establish the facts. Some of the evidence we may use to build your case include:
If you were able to get contact information from witnesses at the scene, then we can speak with these witnesses to get their account of what happened. Eyewitnesses may be willing to testify on your behalf.
Photos & Video Footage
Today, cameras are everywhere along roads and highways. Capturing a truck accident on camera footage may be possible. We may obtain photos or videos of the accident to get a closer look at who is to blame.
We may hire accident reconstruction experts, private investigators, or medical experts who are willing to testify on your behalf. Experts witnesses can verify who is at fault or how the accident led to your injuries.
It is important to keep all of your medical records, bills, and receipts. Medical records provide hard evidence of the link between the accident and your injuries. We may use all medical documents to build your case.
In truck accidents, police are likely to arrive on the scene to assess the situation. In addition, trucking companies are required to fill out accident reports when property damages or injuries occur. We can review these documents to determine how the accident happened.
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What Happens if the Trucking Company Is To Blame?
There are multiple reasons why a trucking company may be at fault for a collision that involves one of their vehicles. A manufacturer may have built a defective part. The company that owns the truck may have failed to maintain it or properly train the driver. Or, an inspector may have missed a problem with the truck and passed inspection.
If the trucking company is responsible for the accident, then you may submit a claim to the company or their insurance provider. If the company practiced gross negligence or reckless behavior, you may be able to sue the company for a wide range of damages, including pain and suffering.
Calculating Damages in a Trucking Accident
Estimating the value of your damages depends on several factors of the case. The most important factor is the extent of your financial or personal losses. You or your family may be able to claim the following damages:
Hospital and Medical Services
Trucking accidents can cause severe injuries that require extensive medical services. These can lead to high medical bills. Expenses may include ER visits, surgical procedures, hospital stay, rehabilitation, pain medication, or ongoing care.
If you have a job that pays you an hourly wage, salary, bonuses, tips, or other benefits, then you may be able to account for lost income due to being out of work. If you are disabled, then you may be entitled to disability benefits as well.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can encompass both physical pain and emotional trauma. You may be able to include the loss of consortium, loss of joy of life, or out-of-pocket expense from getting counseling for depression or anxiety.
Although it is impossible to estimate the exact value of your case, we aim for fair compensation based on your damages. Contact our law firm today at (412) 661-1400 to determine your options.
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Wrongful Death Cases in Trucking Accidents
Nothing can bring back the death of a loved one after a truck accident. However, your family should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake. You may incur a wide range of expenses such as:
- Burial costs
- Funeral expenses
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of companionship or parental care
- Loss of income or retirement
Berger and Green understands the grief that a family can go through after the death of a loved one. Our lawyers can represent your family in a wrongful death case.
Consider a Duquesne Truck Accident Lawyer
Let our law firm help you with your case while you focus on your recovery. Berger and Green attorneys want to see how we may help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (412) 661-1400 to get a free consultation. A statute of limitations applies to personal injury lawsuits, so call us as soon as possible.