If you were hurt in a truck accident, you can seek recovery for a variety of losses, such as medical bills and lost income. You don’t have to take on an insurance company or defense attorney alone, though.
Our lawyers can take on your Dallas truck accident case, helping you recover compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, offers a free consultation so that you can learn more about how a Dallas truck accident attorney can help.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Truck Accident?
Potential compensation for a truck accident will depend on the details of your case. The more severe your injuries are, the greater financial losses they will cause. For example, if you suffer from permanent impairment due to your injuries, you can seek compensation for future medical care, such as rehabilitation and medication.
A Dallas truck accident attorney can help you recover damages, such as:
- Present and future medical treatment (ambulance services, surgical operations, labs, etc.)
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Diminished value of your vehicle
- Travel expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one
Should I Hire a Dallas Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer?
You deserve to focus your time and energy on your physical recovery. We can take the weight of the legal process off your shoulders. Our personal injury attorneys have helped over 10,000 clients win compensation, and many of these cases have been large truck accidents. We are familiar with the truck accident claim process, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, and state laws that can affect your case.
We use this knowledge to fight for justice and fair compensation. We can also deal with the liable party and the insurance companies for you. Accidents involving commercial trucks usually leave victims fighting against large corporations and insurers. We can act as your advocate.
How Does a Dallas Truck Accident Attorney Protect Your Rights?
Your Dallas truck accident attorney’s primary job is to build a case for fair compensation. We do that by having a detailed understanding of how the collision occurred, who was involved, the role they played, and the damages you suffered as a result. Armed with accurate information about the value of your claim and evidence of liability, we can prevent the opposing party and their insurance agency from taking advantage of you.
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Case
Our legal team can investigate the commercial truck accident to determine if the truck driver is at fault. Evidence and information that may affect your case include:
- Hours of Service Regulations– The FMCSA mandates that all cargo-carrying truckers must spend at least ten consecutive hours off duty after a max of 11 hours driving. Drivers must also observe a 30-minute break after eight cumulative hours of driving if they haven’t had at least a 30-minute interruption. If a truck driver has violated the rules, they may have been asleep or exhausted when the crash occurred. Some trucking companies encourage hours of service violations in favor of the driver meeting a certain delivery schedule. Such behavior by the motor carrier constitutes negligence under the law.
- Weight Limits– Per 23 CFR § 658.17, trucks are allowed to carry only a certain weight of cargo depending on the size and type of the big rig. Federal weight limits allow up to 80,000 gross vehicle weight, with up to 20,000 on a single axle and 34,000 on a tandem axle on interstate highways. Vehicles that exceed weight limits are prone to accidents due to tipping and rolling over. A motor carrier or loading company is responsible for ensuring trucks are not overloaded.
- Driver Background– Our truck crash lawyers in Dallas can delve into the truck driver’s background. The truck driver’s history is paramount after a truck accident as the driver may have a history of traffic infractions or criminal offenses, such as drug use, which could indicate he or she was not fit to drive for the trucking company. If the employer hired them despite a questionable record that violates federal or state law or retained the driver after offenses occurred, both the driver and the company are negligent.
- The Truck’s Event Recorder– Better known as a “black box,” the event recorder documents information about the truck’s system usage and activity before and during the crash. Data, such as brake usage, acceleration, deceleration, speed, tire pressure, engine status, and radio use, may provide insight into the cause of the crash and the driver’s actions.
Dallas, NC, Truck Accidents Lawsuits Are Subject to the Statute of Limitations
According to GS §1-52, generally, you generally must bring a truck accident lawsuit within three years of the crash in North Carolina. If you miss the deadline, you can lose your right to recover compensation from the liable party. Wrongful death lawsuits have a two-year filing deadline under GS §1-53.
Our legal team can work to meet this deadline and streamline your case as much as possible. It all starts with you, though. The sooner you reach out, the better we can protect your right to seek compensation through legal action.
Remember, we still need time to investigate your truck accident and gather evidence. We may also need time to negotiate with insurers. None of these actions stall the deadline, though. We can begin working on your case immediately at no upfront cost.
Our Dallas, NC, Truck Accident Attorneys Are Dedicated to Their Clients
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we know how important it is for you to get the money you need to support yourself, take care of your family, and obtain the medical care you require. Our Dallas truck accident lawyers are dedicated to providing you with client-focused legal services. Call us today for a free case review.