If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a truck collision, you may want the assistance of an attorney from our law firm. At Berger and Green, our team has 40 years of experience representing victims of negligence, including car accident victims.
We can represent you in your Indiana, PA case and help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, missed wages, and other damages you suffered. Our attorneys can handle each step of your case so you can feel confident about your financial recovery.
Eligibility for Compensation After a Truck Collision
In a truck accident case, you can be eligible for compensation if there is evidence of another party’s fault. The party responsible for your damages may be the:
- Truck driver: Driving unsafely by speeding, failing to signal, operating the vehicle while drowsy, and other negligent actions can make the truck driver liable for your collision.
- Trucking company: If the truck driver was on the clock at the time of the accident, their employer may face liability for their actions. This includes both public and private sector employers. Similarly, if another company leased the truck from the truck owner, that company could face liability for the crash.
- Cargo loader: Separate companies or employees may be responsible for loading cargo into a commercial semi-truck. If the cargo was loaded improperly and caused your collision, the parties responsible for this may have liability.
- Truck manufacturer: If a truck manufacturer produces a truck with defective parts that cause an accident, that company may be responsible for your losses.
Our team will work to uncover evidence of negligence and use it to prove your eligibility for damages. In some cases, more than one of these parties may be responsible for your collision and owe you compensation.
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Damages We Could Help You Recover
Injuries in a truck accident could qualify you for several types of damages, including those for your treatment, inability to work, and pain and suffering.
Due to size and weight differences between trucks and passenger vehicles, the injuries from these collisions can require extensive medical treatment. This degree of injury can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills for:
- Emergency care and transportation to the hospital
- Assistive devices
- Modifications to homes and vehicles
- Rehabilitation costs
Many of these injuries also require ongoing care, which means lifelong medical expenses that may increase as time goes on. We can account for your current and future medical needs as part of your recoverable financial damages.
Lost Wages and Income-Earning Ability
Other forms of financial damages can include lost wages due to your injuries and property damage to your vehicle. If you suffer permanent impairment, it may prevent you from returning to work.
If so, you may also be eligible to recover for loss of future wages and earning capacity. Damages such as these can help ensure that you can afford the medical care you need while still being able to pay your household bills.
Some types of compensation are non-economic, meaning that they may not have a dollar figure attached to them. These damages may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Inability to engage in activities that you previously enjoyed
An Indiana truck accident lawyer from our firm can examine your situation and determine the full extent of any compensation for which you qualify.
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Evidence Our Team Can Use to Prove Your Case
A successful truck accident claim or lawsuit requires evidence of fault, liability, and damages. The exact evidence available will depend on the circumstances of your case but will generally include:
- A crash report from law enforcement
- Black box data from the truck that hit you
- Driving logs regarding the truck driver’s hours of operation
- Photographs of the scene and your injuries
- Medical records detailing your injuries and prognosis
Time Limits for Filing Your Truck Accident Lawsuit
A statute of limitations puts a time limit on your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit makes it critical to seek advice about your potential legal options as quickly as possible after a collision.
Under 42 Pa. Consol. Stat. §5524(a), you have only two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault parties. The same time limit applies if you are seeking compensation for the untimely death of a loved one. If you fail to file within the required timeframe, you can lose the right to pursue compensation.
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Before you accept a quick settlement under pressure from an insurance company, get advice about your legal rights and potential remedies under state law. Our team can help you ensure that you request all potential forms of compensation and hold the right parties accountable.
Our lawyers at Berger and Green can help you build a case for compensation stemming from your accident-related injuries. While you focus your efforts on your healing and your family, we will concentrate on:
- Investigating your accident
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Taking all steps needed to protect your legal rights
Call (412) 661-1400 and learn more about what we can do for you.