What Does a Lawyer Do if You’re Involved in a Truck Accident?
The aftermath of a truck accident can be devastating and you’ll want an ally in your corner. A qualified lawyer can investigate your accident, gather the necessary evidence to support your claim, negotiate a settlement, or take your case to court.
How an Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
No one wakes up expecting to be involved in a car crash, and you certainly don’t anticipate the devastation of being in a large truck collision. However, the unexpected happens daily, and you may be left with significant injuries and burdensome costs that you need help covering. You may have to deal with insurance companies to obtain compensation to cover medical costs, car repairs, lost wages, and other losses. When the claims process becomes too much, it is time to call an Ohio truck accident lawyer who can help you navigate the complex legal system.
For more information on how to recover after a truck accident call Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW for an initial case consultation.
Preserve Important Evidence
When you are in an accident with a commercial truck, the vehicle itself is crucial evidence regarding the cause. The truck must be thoroughly examined to determine if it was poorly maintained, had incorrect or missing parts, or had a defective component. Commercial semi-trucks often have electronic control modules called “black boxes.” The black box should be preserved to determine how the truck was operated prior to your accident, such as the speed the truck was moving at the time. Black box information can also be compared to the driver’s logs to analyze driving time.
By contacting a knowledgeable Ohio truck accident lawyer quickly after being hurt, your attorney can work to obtain necessary evidence. Your attorney will reach out to other parties to request that they preserve the truck and its black box and do not destroy any potentially important evidence. Your attorney may also seek a preservation order in court to protect relevant evidence in your case.
Determine Responsibility for the Crash
It can be difficult to determine who is actually at fault for a trucking accident. Not all truck crashes are caused by negligent drivers. In some cases, a person or company that was not present at the scene of the accident may be responsible. Potentially liable parties may include:
- Maintenance providers
Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the situation and gather documentation to determine who is liable for your losses. Once you know the reason for the accident, you can determine who to file a claim against.
Calculate the Cost of Your Injuries
When you file a third-party insurance claim, you need to calculate your costs caused by the accident. A skilled truck accident lawyer may be able to calculate your past and future costs, which can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, which is the loss of a relationship with your spouse
Coming up with a figure for these may seem simple, but issues like pain and suffering or disability and disfigurement are not based on receipts. The value of these elements depends on the accident itself, where and when the accident took place, the mental and emotional impact of the crash, how your injuries have changed your life in the long run, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can work with experts to determine all of your damages and recognize when you receive a lowball insurance settlement offer.
Deal With Insurance
Navigating the complex insurance claims process can be complicated. An experienced trucking accident lawyer can help you gather evidence, prove your losses, and obtain compensation from an insurance company. If your claim is denied, an attorney can help you aggressively appeal that denial to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Once your claim is approved, you will likely receive a settlement offer from the insurance company. In most circumstances, the initial offer is low and not the amount you need to be fully compensated for your injuries. An attorney will not only recognize an offer that is too low, but will also have the skills to negotiate a higher final settlement.
File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are times when it is not possible to gain full compensation from an insurer. The responsible party may be uninsured, the insurance company might deny your claim, or the policy limit could be lower than the amount you need. In these situations, you will need to head to court to seek compensation for your property damage and injuries.
During a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney will use a variety of types of evidence to prove to the court that the other party was negligent and that this negligence led to the crash that caused your injuries. Your attorney will seek a verdict from the court or jury that will fairly compensate you for your injuries.
An Ohio Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our first priority is to ensure you receive the treatment and support you need to fully recover. Part of that recovery involves obtaining financial compensation for your losses. We will be tenacious in our pursuit of obtaining you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or contact us online to learn how we can help after you’ve been involved in a truck accident.