A truck accident lawyer who serves Marion, North Carolina, can protect your rights after a crash. Those rights include the ability to sue and seek compensation from the liable party.
A lawyer from our firm can make the legal process easier for you to navigate by taking on all of your legal responsibilities. These responsibilities include collecting evidence, notifying the liable party, and even representing you in the courtroom.
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Let Us Help You with Your Marion Truck Accident Case
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we take pride in helping our clients with every aspect of their case, no matter how big or small. We can complete all legal tasks on your behalf, including but not limited to:
- Identifying the liable party: We will get in touch with the liable party and continue to communicate with them throughout your case. You do not ever have to speak with them directly.
- Filing paperwork: Filling out forms may be tedious, but it is often necessary. We can make sure all legal paperwork is completed in a timely fashion.
- Negotiating your settlement: Our lawyers know how to fight hard for our clients’ rights and fair compensation. When an agreement is reached, we can draw up the paperwork for you as well.
- Going to trial: If negotiations fall through, we will schedule court dates, locate witnesses to testify for you, deliver oral arguments, and much more.
- Answering your questions: Feel free to call your lawyer whenever you need an explanation or clarification. We, in turn, will update you about the case’s progress regularly.
- Working on a contingent basis: If we cannot recover compensation for you, you do not owe us any attorney fees.
Get Started as Soon as You can
It is always best to start a lawsuit as soon as possible after an accident. The primary reason for this is the statute of limitations, a law that prohibits accident victims from filing lawsuits after a certain period of time. In North Carolina, according to GS §1-52, you have three years from the accident date to file a personal injury case.
You Could Qualify for Two Types of Compensation
The types of injuries you sustained and how serious they are will determine what types and amounts of compensation you can collect.
Qualifying for Economic Damages
You may be eligible for economic damages if you lost money because of the accident. Common examples include:
- Loss of income, for anyone who missed work due to their accident and/or injuries
- Medical expenses, for anyone whose physical or psychological injuries were serious enough to require professional treatment
- Repair bills, for anyone who had to repair or replace their car due to damage inflicted by the collision
- Other expenses, for anyone who spent money on necessary services (e.g., house cleaning or babysitting) that they would not have needed if they had not been injured
Qualifying for Non-Economic Damages
Your physical and mental injuries could make you eligible for non-economic damages. Common examples include:
- Disfigurement, for anyone who has permanent scars or other painful marks caused by the accident
- Disability, for anyone who suffered brain damage or lost the use of any body part
- Pain and suffering, for anyone who experienced physical and/or psychological anguish
- Reduced quality of life, for anyone who has had to make radical lifestyle changes to accommodate their injuries
How Much can I Recover After a Truck Accident?
One of your lawyer’s jobs is to carefully review the case and put a “price tag” on each of your damages. This process may involve:
- Reviewing other cases similar to yours: Seeing how accident victims with similar injuries were compensated can inform how much you ask for in your own case.
- Looking at relevant bills: Billing statements from healthcare facilities, auto body shops, and more can tell you how much your economic damages are worth.
- Calculating lost income: Your lawyer can look at how much you used to earn and project how much you would have earned in the future had you not suffered permanent injuries.
Damages can vary widely on a case-by-case basis. It can be especially challenging to quantify non-economic damages, which do not come with billing statements like many economic damages do. A truck accident lawyer from our firm can help you figure out how much your economic and non-economic damages entitle you to receive..
Evidence That May Help with Your Case
There are many potential sources of evidence that your lawyer can tap to strengthen your case. These include but are not limited to:
- Accident reports: The police officer who responded to your accident would have filled out and filed a report containing important information, including the individuals and vehicles involved.
- Investigation reports: Accidents involving large trucks must follow the rules laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Your lawyer can use the resulting reports as evidence in your case.
- Medical records: Every time you visit your doctor for a check-up, test, or treatment, this is noted in your medical record. This record can prove you were injured in the crash.
- Witness testimony: Anyone who saw the crash first-hand or saw what happened leading up to or after the crash can provide valuable information that verifies your statements.
- Video and photos: We can examine footage taken by witnesses, surveillance cameras, or dashcams.
As a general rule, more evidence is available immediately after the crash; as time goes by, evidence may be forgotten or destroyed. Start your case quickly before important evidence disappears.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC is Here to Help
A truck accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, would be happy to help you put together your Marion case. For a free case evaluation, call us at any time. A member of our team can take your call day or night. We never charge our clients attorney’s fees until they have received compensation, making our services more affordable to a wider range of people.