f you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you may be able to receive compensation from the liable party to start the process of rebuilding your life. A lawyer from our firm can step in and help you explore your legal options against a negligent truck driver or related entity. We help accident victims just like you throughout North and South Carolina, including in Rutherfordton.
By pursuing compensation, you can hold the liable party – no matter who they are – accountable for their actions. You can also win compensation that covers all of your accident-related expenses.
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Damages You Can Seek After a Truck Accident
With the help of Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, you may be able to recover damages for one or more of the following:
- Lost wages: This refers to the income you missed out on while on a temporary leave of absence from work. You may also qualify for damages if your injuries will permanently affect your ability to earn a living.
- Property damage: If your car was damaged in the accident and you had to pay for repairs, you may seek reimbursement for those expenses.
- Medical bills: You could receive compensation for any medical costs already incurred, as well as expenses you expect to incur for future treatment.
- Other expenses: Did you end up spending money on any product or service that you would not have needed if the accident had not happened? You may be able to collect damages for that expense.
- Pain and suffering: Both physical and emotional distress could make you eligible for monetary damages.
- Reduced quality of life: This could mean many things, including the inability to independently perform tasks that used to be easy for you.
- Disability: Whether the accident caused a temporary or permanent disability, you could qualify for compensation for that injury.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has deteriorated, ended, or otherwise been negatively affected by the accident.
We offer a free initial case review, during which we encourage prospective clients to share the details of their accident. This testimony, along with evidence we collect during our independent investigation, can help us figure out how much money to seek from the liable party’s insurance company.
Getting Legal Help After a Truck Accident
Insurance companies sometimes take advantage of the fact that claimants are not fully aware of their rights and responsibilities after a truck accident. At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we want to keep you fully informed throughout the legal process so you can make educated decisions regarding your future.
Our services include:
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
The insurance company could offer a fast settlement that may initially appeal to you. However, this offer may be insufficient for your needs and fail to compensate you for your injuries.
To make sure that you truly get what you are entitled to, let us handle all communications with the insurance company. We would be happy to:
- Send out the initial notification, letting them know that you are filing a claim against their client
- Field all settlement offers and let you know whether or not they are fair
- Sit down with their representatives and negotiate for the amount that you deserve
- Draw up the necessary paperwork once a settlement agreement is reached
- Answer all of your questions at every step of this process
If negotiations are not successful, we are ready and willing to take the fight to court on your behalf.
Working on a Contingency-Fee Basis
We understand that, following a truck accident, you are likely experiencing financial difficulties. For this reason, you may be concerned about how you can afford legal assistance. At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we work on a contingency-fee basis for injury cases. This means that:
- Unless we get financial recovery on your behalf, you owe us no attorney fees.
- We do not require any start-up fees or hourly payments; we receive attorney fees only through the settlement offer we obtain for you.
- You can more easily afford the legal representation you deserve.
You do not have an unlimited amount of time to pursue litigation. Below are just some of the factors that may affect or even derail your case if you wait too long.
- The general statute of limitations: Under G.S. § 1-52, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. If you do not, you will likely lose the right to pursue litigation.
- What type of case you are filing: The above statute applies to personal injury cases. If you are filing a wrongful death case on a deceased loved one’s behalf, the statute of limitations is two years, per G.S. § 1-53.
- Impermanent evidence: As time goes by, witnesses may forget important details, crucial paperwork may be lost, and video evidence may be destroyed. The sooner you start, the more evidence is likely to be available to support your suit.
Proving Liability for a Truck Accident
To recover compensation, we need to establish that all injuries and financial losses are the result of another party’s negligence. Sometimes, more than one party can be found responsible for your injuries. We can carefully investigate your case to find evidence of the liable party’s (or parties’) guilt. In a truck accident, liable parties could include:
- The trucker
- The trucker’s employer
- The company that built the truck
- The parties responsible for loading the truck
Important evidence in truck accident lawsuits may include:
- The police report
- Witness testimony
- Expert testimony
- Traffic surveillance footage or security camera footage
- Medical records
You have the right to pursue compensation, no matter who is responsible for the collision. Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can work to establish that the other party is responsible for the collision and, as a result, should pay for your financial losses.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Do you know exactly how your truck accident happened? Just as we can investigate to identify the liable party, a lawyer from our firm can determine the specific event or events that precipitated your Rutherfordton accident. Some possible causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to adhere to traffic signals or right of way
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Vehicular malfunction
- Inability to brake in time
- Failure to check blind spots before merging
No two truck accidents are the same, and there is no “one size fits all” cause that can be applied to all cases. Let Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, strengthen your case by learning as much about its causes as possible.
Truck Accident Injuries and Medical Care
Truck accident injuries may include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Sprained, strained, or torn ligaments
You should always seek prompt medical attention following a collision, even if you are able to walk away from the accident scene. In addition to possibly saving your life, the resulting medical record can serve as important evidence in a lawsuit.
We encourage you to keep all evidence pertaining to your injuries and their subsequent care. Imaging scans, prescription medications, and other relevant items can help us tie your injuries back to the truck accident.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, Today
Truck accident injuries can limit your ability to work and cause significant medical debt. A lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can work hard to pursue damages from the liable party and exhaust all possible sources of recovery in accordance with your legal interests. To start your free case evaluation, call us today at our Rutherfordton office. The number is (828) 286-3866.