Determine All Negligent Parties
Cases can become highly complicated as multiple parties may be liable for the accident. First, the driver of the semi-truck can be named as a party if he or she was negligent or reckless. Second, if the truck was owned by someone other than the driver then the owner may be responsible for negligent hiring and negligent supervision. Finally, depending on the circumstances, the person contracting with the truck for delivery may be responsible if they were aware of a dangerous condition. It is crucial that all parties to a lawsuit be determined in order to ensure the greatest possible financial recovery to adequately compensate the victim.
Gather Evidence to Build a Strong Case
Even if you were struck by a big rig, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can sue. Instead, you need to show that the truck driver was at fault for the collision. Generally, you can prove fault if you show how the driver did not operate his truck safely.
Some helpful evidence can include:
- Witness testimony. Someone might have seen the truck driver speeding or driving recklessly.
- Physical evidence. The field of debris or skid marks on the road can help establish how the accident unfolded.
- Surveillance video or dashcam footage, if it exists.
- Information from the truck’s “black box.”
- The truck driver’s statements after the crash. For example, he could have admitted falling asleep.
As you are recovering from your injuries, an attorney can perform the investigation necessary, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Handle Communication With Insurance Companies and Opposing Counsel
Trucking companies have very deep pockets, but for that reason, they tend to more aggressively defend against these cases. Although you can sue the truck driver who was careless, in many situations you can also sue the trucking company as the employer.
The truck company will have an investigator on the scene within an hour of the crash. This investigator will immediately begin collecting evidence to use for their case. You really need an attorney by your side if the investigator tries to talk to you about what happened.
Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like amputations, brain damage, or paralysis. Your medical bills are probably considerable, and you might need medical care permanently, especially if you are disabled. Throw in lost wages and a truck accident can send many of our clients into bankruptcy.
If you try to negotiate on your own, then you might make a key mistake that costs you time and money. Fortunately, we can negotiate a settlement if you have a valid claim. We will do everything in our power to get you compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Some of our clients have received large settlements, which can help them take care of themselves going forward.