Even a cautious driver can quickly become a victim of a commercial truck accident. The sheer weight of the truck can cause extensive property damage and severe, life-scarring injuries. When this happens to you, it can bring a tremendous amount of pain and suffering in your life.
Berger and Green understands the challenges of getting back on your feet after a truck accident. We want to help clients recover their losses and hold those accountable who are responsible for their victim’s injuries.
Call our law firm today at (412) 661-1400 to get a free case evaluation and learn what our Greensburg truck accident lawyers may do for you.
Determining Who Is Responsible for the Accident
A truck accident can leave you wondering what happened and who is to blame. We may investigate the accident to uncover the facts and establish fault and liability. Possible negligent parties in a truck accident may include:
Truck drivers often drive long distances and have grueling work hours with tight deadlines. As such, the driver may have fallen asleep or engage in distracted driving while operating the truck. The driver may have also been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their trucks and training their drivers. If the company was negligent in ensuring that the truck was safe and the driver knew how to operate the vehicle, it may be responsible for the accident.
Truck accidents can occur when a part on the truck breaks down. When this happens, the manufacturer, distributor, or inspector may liable for the accident that led to your injuries. In addition, the braking manufacturer may be responsible if brake failure occurred.
Truck Maintenance Company
Truck companies often hire third-party maintenance companies to keep trucks in good condition. We may look at inspection documents and the company’s practices to determine if the maintenance company failed to properly assess the truck.
Proving who is at fault for your accident can be difficult. If you can’t establish who is responsible for the accident, then your claim may be rejected by the insurance company. A Greensburg truck accident lawyer may help you file a claim against the at-fault party for your damages.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Greensburg, call (412) 424-6079
Establishing Negligence Following a Truck Accident
If you decide to pursue compensation for your damages, then you will have to prove negligence on the part of the trucking company, driver, manufacture, or other entity. This includes demonstrating that there was a breach within the parameters of the at-fault party’s duty of care.
For instance, the truck driver may have been speeding, texting, or running a red light. Other ways that a company or driver may have breached their duty of care include:
- Not maintaining a logbook of hours driven
- Failing to document rest breaks or days off
- Not Adhering to rigid maintenance schedules
- Improper loading of truck cargo or hazardous substances
- Not adhering to local, state, or national driving regulations
Companies may also be held liable for poor training programs or failing to properly vet employees before hiring them. Poor documentation or records may signify that a driver or company was negligent in one or more areas of operation.
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Calculating Damages After a Truck Accidents
Like other personal injury lawsuits, the type of compensation that you may be able to claim falls into two main categories: economic and noneconomic. We may help assess both past and future projected expenses as well as other financial losses to estimate the value of your case.
Damages you may be able to claim include:
- Past/current/future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Companionship/care of a loved one
In a wrongful death case, damages may include funeral or burial expenses, medical costs prior to death, or the suffering of the deceased prior to death. We may also be able to estimate household income or retirement losses, as well as the loss of consortium or parental guidance.
Make sure you keep all receipts and documents related to your damages. Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to get started with your case.
Considering Legal Representation
You may remain unaware of your legal options or how much your claim is actually worth. Our legal services extend to several actions we may take on your behalf.
Gather and Document All Evidence
If we take you on as a client, we undergo a thorough investigation of your accident and review all the facts of the case. Our legal team obtains evidence that may substantiate your claim. Evidence may include medical records, eyewitness interviews, police and accident reports, camera footage, and clues at the accident scene. We may also hire experts who can testify on your behalf.
Build Your Case
We do more than just submit documents for our clients. Our team develops a strategy to present a compelling claim and support with evidence. We understand what insurance companies are looking for or the reasons why they may reject a claim. Therefore, we build our client’s cases before we submit the claim. We also may help you abide by the statute of limitations outlined in Title 42 § 5524.
Negotiate a Settlement
We communicate with the insurance company on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement. If the company rejects your claim or offers a low settlement, then we will explore other options, including filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court.
While you are recovering from your injuries, our lawyers may handle the legal process. We take the stress out of filing a lawsuit, so that you can recover from your injuries.
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Get Started with Your Truck Accident Case Today
Berger and Green are dedicated to helping clients who are injured in truck accidents. We may advocate for you to get you a settlement based on the actual value of your case. To find out more about your legal options, call (412) 661-1400 for a free case assessment.