How much would it cost to hire a truck accident lawyer?
A truck accident case—like most personal injury claims—is handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning the attorney representing you only collects a fee if successful in obtaining a settlement or judgment on your behalf.
This type of payment arrangement is designed to allow all victims of personal injury or other related claims the opportunity to pursue justice, regardless of their financial position at the time of the accident in question.
In a truck accident claim, attorney’s legal fees are collected as a percentage of the recovery amount—usually somewhere in the range of 35 to 40 percent total. Should your claim result in a no-win situation, you’ll not be responsible for the costs incurred in your case.
In other words: No recovery—no fee.
- Free case reviews/consultations
- State-of-the-art techniques used for advanced liability-investigations
- Expert guidance through the legal maze
What if the insurance company makes me an offer prior to hiring a lawyer?
A settlement offer from an insurance company is made with the express condition that you sign a release that will effectively conclude your right to any additional claims as a result of your injury or other damages. It is never wise to make such an important decision—or take any kind of legally binding action—before first consulting with an attorney. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you regarding any settlement offers—and possible alternative/legal actions—after reviewing the facts of your case firsthand.
It’s also important to note that insurance companies—historically and notoriously—tend to start with a “low-ball” offer in any settlement negotiation with the hope that an unknowing and unsuspecting accident victim will take the deal and sign on the dotted line without understanding their alternatives first.
An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney will be happy to speak with you for free and review your insurance settlement, prior to your signing any attached release document, during an initial consultation meeting.
If I’m injured in a truck accident, whom should I sue?
Potential defendants in a truck accident claim generally go far beyond the at-fault driver. Liable parties in any commercial trucking accident can include but are not limited to:
- The driver
- The employer of the driver
- The owner of the truck (if not the driver)
- The sender of the goods carried by the truck
- The receiver of the goods carried by the truck
- The broker who contracted for the goods to be transported
Identifying and locating all potentially liable parties requires a thorough case investigation, conducted by a reputable law firm specializing in commercial trucking accidents and other types of personal injury or wrongful death claims. Pursuing recourse action against any and all defendants liable in your case is the best way to ensure that you receive the most fair and adequate compensation possible for your injuries and/or other damages.
"The team at CMZ Law successfully found—and pursued—everyone who was responsible for the semi-truck accident that left me seriously injured and near financial ruin. Their quick and thorough action allowed me to get the compensation I needed for my medical bills and get my life back on-track."
~ Rita K.
"The lawyers that handled my case rejected the initial settlement offer from the insurance company and, in doing so, were able to get my final compensation increased exponentially. Thanks, CMZ Law!"
~ Brandon P.
If you are injured in a wreck while driving a company vehicle, or in your own vehicle while carrying out your normal work activities "on the clock," the first thing you should do is call the police and report the accident. They can direct the appropriate emergency medical responders to the scene and document the accident.
If there are others with injuries, you may be able to offer assistance until the professionals arrive. However, be very careful not to move an injured person or worsen their injuries.
Your next call should be to your employer. As soon as possible, report to your direct supervisor that you were involved in an accident. He or she will take the appropriate actions in order to open an insurance claim.
While waiting for the police and after they arrive, it's very important that you don't make any statements regarding your potential or alleged liability in the accident. Even a simple, "I'm sorry," to another driver can be misconstrued as an admission of responsibility and used against your company, and you, later in any court proceeding.
You will need to produce a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance card. Do not make any statements to the police at this time. Remain polite but decline to discuss the circumstances of the accident until instructed to by your employer or their insurance representative.
If you have injuries, you may be able to file for Worker's Compensation benefits. You should seek immediate medical treatment following the accident to document any injuries or worsened conditions. As some injuries from collisions are not immediately apparent, follow-up care may be necessary. Visible signs of injuries like bruises, seat belt abrasions, lacerations, etc. should be photographed.
Consult a personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights following an accident.
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