When an automobile collides with a semi truck, the automobile and its passengers often take the brunt of the collision. The outcome frequently includes severe injuries and extensive property damage. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you could be looking at hospital stays, surgeries, physical pain, emotional anguish, time away from work, and reduced earning capacity.
The burden on you and your family after a truck crash can be overwhelming, affecting you physically, emotionally, and financially. The days and weeks following the crash can be scary, with lots of uncertainty about what is next.
A lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can guide you through this difficult time, protecting your rights and helping you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team focuses on personal injury law and has won settlements for many truck accident victims. We do not stop fighting—nor do we get paid—until you receive fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Middletown, call our office today at 215-642-2335.
We Pursue Compensation From All Responsible Parties.
The identity of the responsible party for a truck accident is not always as cut and dry as it first appears. Even if you think you know who was responsible for yours, there might be more parties than you realize that bear liability. Even if the police report or the initial investigation indicates that you were partially or fully at fault, it does not necessarily prevent you from recovering damages from another party.
Our job as your legal representation is first to identify all parties that might bear responsibility for your crash. We do this by gathering evidence, talking to witnesses, and reviewing reports. Once we know the identities of everyone responsible, we can start to assemble our case against them and begin the process of negotiating for fair compensation.
A few of the parties that might be liable for your truck accident include the following.
The Truck Driver
After a truck accident, the most obvious party to look at first is the truck driver. Often, this party turns out to be the one who is solely responsible. We might be able to prove the truck driver caused your accident by presenting evidence of any of the following:
- Exceeding the speed limit;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Driving while distracted, such as texting or phone use;
- Disregarding a traffic control device;
- Tailgating; or
- Reckless driving.
Another important piece of evidence is the driver’s log book. Truck drivers are legally required to keep detailed logs of many of their activities on the road, including how many hours they drive, how much rest they get between driving intervals, and their truck maintenance schedule. We can subpoena this log book and look for evidence of missing, incomplete, or incriminating information.
The Trucking Company
Because of a legal concept called vicarious liability, trucking companies are responsible for anything their drivers do while on the clock. Accordingly, if a truck driver hits you while driving a company vehicle, we can often pursue the company for damages. This benefits you because trucking companies often have much greater financial resources than individual drivers.
In the case of some truck accidents, a defective component of the truck or another vehicle involved causes or contributes to the crash. For instance, a faulty tire might blow out, causing the vehicle to lose control and cause an accident. We can pursue the vehicle or part manufacturer for damages in such situations. We generally do not have to prove the manufacturer was negligent in the creation or sale of the component; we just need to show a defect existed.
How Can We Prove That the Other Party Was Negligent?
To prove negligence and show the other party was liable for your truck accident, we need several types of evidence:
- Physical evidence collected at the scene, such as photographs and video surveillance footage;
- Witness statements;
- Police reports;
- Truck maintenance records;
- Driving logs;
- Drug and alcohol test results; and
- Inspectionrecords of the truck itself.
Such evidence can be difficult or impossible to collect without a truck accident attorney. The trucking company holds much of this evidence and even has the legal right to destroy it after a certain amount of time has passed. Our legal team can make a formal request for this evidence, ensuring that we receive it in a reasonable time and that it is not compromised or destroyed.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?
It is difficult to estimate the exact dollar value of any personal injury claim without knowing details about the accident itself. Many truck accident settlements our attorneys have won in the past have included some or all of the following damages.
We pursue the responsible party for your current and anticipated future medical costs. These expenses can include hospital bills, surgical costs, doctor copays, prescription drug expenses, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and more.
Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity
If you have to miss work while recovering from your injury, or if you suffer long-term effects that reduce your ability to earn a living, we pursue the responsible party for all the income you have lost as a result of your truck accident.
We pursue compensation to repair or replace the personal vehicle that suffered damage in the crash. If the accident damaged or destroyed any other personal property, we will seek compensation for those losses, as well.
Pain and Suffering
You are eligible for monetary damages for the physical and emotional pain you have experienced due to your truck accident. If you qualify for pain and suffering damages, our lawyers negotiate to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Call 215-642-2335 for a Free Consultation With a Middletown Truck Accident Lawyer.
Do not try to battle the trucking company and the insurance company on your own. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we focus on preserving the rights of truck accident victims and fighting for fair settlements on our clients’ behalf. Call us today at 215-642-2335 for a free consultation with a Middletown truck accident attorney.