If you or a loved one was injured in a crash involving a semi-truck or another large truck vehicle, you may qualify to file a personal injury case and demand compensation from a liable party.
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we help victims like you have their cases heard so that negligent parties can be held accountable. A semi-truck accident lawyer from our team can represent you and build your case against the at-fault party. Our truck accident lawyer has experience taking on cases like yours.
Do You Know What Kind of Damages You Can Claim in a Semi-Truck Accident Case?
Semi-trucks can cause catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. Any kind of truck accident injury can have a significant impact on your life. However, the types of damages one person might claim in a semi-truck accident case will not be the same as another.
Personal injury cases generally allow plaintiffs to divide their losses into two categories: economic losses and non-economic losses.
Economic Losses You Can Recover in a Semi-Truck Accident Case
Economic damages refer to the financial losses you suffered, which can include:
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle repair costs or other repair costs for property damage
- Actual cash value for totaled vehicles
- Alternative transportation costs, such as rental vehicle fees, public transportation costs, or rideshare costs
- Lost income, both current earnings you have lost and future income you expect to lose while you are still healing or permanently disabled
- Reduced earning potential
Our team may collect financial documents from you to calculate these costs. These documents may include paycheck stubs, tax forms, invoices, receipts, and transaction histories.
Non-Economic Losses for Semi-Truck Accident Cases
Non-economic damages compensate you for your physical, emotional, and mental losses. These damages may include:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional distress, including psychological trauma
- Permanent disability
- Physical disfigurement, including scarring and amputation
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Depending on how the wreck affected you personally, we may use anecdotal evidence or medical records to establish how your pre-collision and post-collision lives differ.
Wrongful Death Damages for Semi-Truck Accident Cases
Unfortunately, semi-truck accident cases often lead to fatalities. If you lost a loved one in a semi-truck collision, we extend our condolences to you and hope to help you fight for your family’s financial recovery. With a wrongful death action, you can pursue damages that cover immediate losses, such as funeral expenses, and projected losses, such as loss of financial support.
Our team will give you an opportunity to express how your loved one’s untimely death has changed your life and will aim to fight for a compensation award that fairly reflects your losses.
Our Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer Can Advocate for You While Building Your Case
Beyond calculating a compensation estimate for your case, our legal team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, offers several legal services to help our clients build their cases, such as:
- Private investigation: We’ll do the work to confirm the facts surrounding your case, which may involve reviewing the crash report, interviewing witnesses, and collecting video footage or other evidence that documented the wreck.
- Communications: Everything you say can be used against you, so our lawyers will offer to handle calls with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys on your behalf. We can also respond to other messages you receive about your case.
- Administrative work: Legal paperwork can be confusing and overwhelming. Let our team fill out forms on your behalf. We’ll keep track of deadlines and make sure all paperwork is filed accurately.
- Legal representation: While our team will prepare your semi-truck accident case for trial, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to go to court to settle your case. In fact, many personal injury cases are settled out of court through a negotiated settlement deal. If possible, your truck accident lawyer will negotiate with the defendant and notify you of any offers you might receive.
If you get concerned or want updates about your case, our team will be available to answer your questions and provide legal counsel to help you make decisions.
Truck Accident Cases Have Deadlines—and They Differ by State
Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases filed within their civil court systems. If you intend to pursue compensation through this type of legal action, you must comply with your state’s statutory deadline in order for your case to remain valid.
Make Sure To Check How Long You Have To File Your Semi-Truck Accident Case in Your State
Our legal team handles personal injury cases in North Carolina and South Carolina, which have the same filing window. Both G.S. § 1-52 and S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530 mandate that you have three years from the date of the truck accident case to pursue compensation for damages.
However, if you intend to pursue a wrongful death case, then North Carolina only gives you two years from the injury event to file per G.S. § 1-53. Meanwhile, South Carolina still gives you three years to file. Other factors may also affect how long you have to file, such as whether you’re filing against a municipality. Our team understands how important it is to submit your case on time, so we’ll confirm your case’s deadline for you.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, Today To Get a Free Case Review
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we help truck accident victims fight for the compensation they need. If you or a loved one was injured in a semi-truck collision in North Carolina or South Carolina, we want to listen to your case and explain how we can represent you.
Call now to get a free consultation with a member of our team.