Are you considering filing a lawsuit over a negligence-related truck accident? A McDowell County truck accident lawyer from our office wants to make the legal process more accessible. We can explain your options, calculate your damages, and negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company.
By filing suit, you not only hold the liable party accountable for their negligence, but you also have the chance to receive compensation that will make it easier for you to recover and move on from your injuries.
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A Truck Accident May Qualify You for Damages
If your accident resulted in any physical, psychological, or financial injury, you have the legal right to sue for damages. However, you have only three years to begin your lawsuit per G.S. § 1-52, so it is crucial to act promptly.
As part of your suit, you must specify an exact dollar amount that you believe the liable party owes you based on:
- Medical expenses: You can receive the cost of any treatment deemed necessary for your recovery or good health by a doctor, dentist, therapist, or other healthcare professional.
- Loss of income: Your injuries made it impossible for you to fulfill your regular job duties. You had to take time off, during which you were not paid your usual wages.
- Loss of earning capacity: The accident diminished your ability to make a living. For example, you can now only work part-time, or you have had to switch to a less demanding (and poorer paying) job.
- Pain and suffering: The injuries and the accident have caused you physical and psychological suffering that affects your everyday life.
- Disability: This broad category refers to many distinct types of disabilities, including total, partial, temporary, permanent, physical, and intellectual.
- Diminished quality of life: You can never again enjoy the lifestyle you once did. Your injuries prevent you from living pain-free or independently, or from participating in certain types of activities.
The above is only a partial list of damages. Your truck accident attorney can help you determine which damages you qualify to recover.
Proving You Need Damages
What types of evidence do you need to recover compensation? That depends on your case and what types of awards you seek. In many cases, the following materials could prove to be crucial:
- Medical records
- Accident reports
- Surveillance footage or other videos
- Receipts and bills
- Witness statements
- Inspection reports from the trucking company
- Truck driver logs
If you have any of the above materials, hold on to them and provide them to us when you meet with our legal team. We can collect other evidence on your behalf during our investigation.
For a legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving McDowell County, call 828.286.3866
Our Team Wants to Represent You
If your truck accident occurred in McDowell County, a lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can fight on your behalf for fair compensation. The legal process can be challenging, but we smooth the way for our clients by:
- Offering free case reviews: Everyone is welcome to call our firm at any time, day or night. A member of our team can discuss your case and determine if you have sufficient grounds to file a lawsuit.
- Investigating the cause of the accident: We will identify the liable party, proving that they were not as careful as they should have been, and linking their negligence to your accident and injuries.
- Taking care of paperwork: Our team can manage all paperwork on your behalf, including filing insurance claims and drawing up settlement agreements.
- Fighting for what you deserve: We can represent you at all meetings and discussions with the insurance company. At these meetings, we can insist that they respect your rights and pay a reasonable settlement.
- Arguing for you at trial: What happens if the insurance company refuses to offer a settlement that meets your needs? Our truck accident attorneys are not afraid to go to trial and fight for an appropriate jury award.
- Charging nothing upfront: We take our attorney’s fees out of whatever compensation our clients recover. If we cannot help you recover a settlement or a jury award, you never have to pay attorney’s fees.
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Who to Sue for a Truck Accident
Determining liability after a truck accident depends on how the collision occurred, who contributed to the crash, and what evidence you can find proving the connection between each party and your injuries.
As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states in Crashes Table 2, 83.6% of all injury truck accidents occur when the truck collides with another moving vehicle. Therefore, the liable party in many truck accident cases is one of the two drivers. For example, the truck driver may have:
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Driven too fast
- Followed another vehicle too closely
- Been drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Been using their cell phone or distracted by another device
Other Liable parties
Some truck accidents are more complicated than others. Besides the truck driver, you might be able to build a case against:
- The trucking company, if they enacted a harmful policy or did not follow legal guidelines for maintaining their trucks or protecting their drivers.
- A truck part manufacturer, if a flaw inherent in the brakes, tires, steering column, or other part caused the driver to lose control.
- The loading crew, if improperly loaded cargo caused or contributed to the wreck.
- The maintenance crew, if a mechanical problem that they should have noticed and fixed was the cause of the accident.
Do you know for sure who is responsible for your truck accident? Our job is to find out by listening to your story, visiting the scene of the wreck, and gathering evidence on your behalf.
We Help Truck Accident Victims Recover Money
The team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, wants to help you recover appropriate compensation after a truck collision. To learn more about what a truck accident lawyer from our office can do for you, call (828) 286-3866 today for a free consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout North Carolina, including those who live or suffered injuries in McDowell County.