Whether a collision occurs on a major highway like I-74/E Dixon Boulevard or a main road like South Lafayette Street, a semi-truck collision can cause major damage to all involved parties and disrupt traffic for hours. Still, while a minor inconvenience for passing drivers, people who were hit by these large vehicles can suffer severe injuries and long-term effects.
If you or a loved one was a victim of a semi-truck collision in Shelby, North Carolina, our legal team of skilled Shelby truck accident lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC wants to listen to your case. We’re offering a free consultation to learn about your case and see how a Shelby semi-truck accident lawyer from our firm can help you. We handle truck accident cases in North Carolina, so we can take the lead in managing your case.
Your Semi-Truck Collision Damages May Entitle You to Compensation
Depending on how severe your collision was with the semi-truck, you may be entitled to a variety of damages. Our truck accident lawyers team will go over how the wreck affected your personal life, health, and finances. We will then draft a demand letter on your behalf to notify the appropriate party about your intention to sue.
Keep in mind that each personal injury case is unique, so there is no flat-rate financial award given to every truck accident case. Instead, we will have to calculate an approximate figure that represents the value of your damages, which will serve as our goal in your case. This figure may be based on whether you:
- Had to pay steep medical expenses for treatments, such as surgeries or emergency room care
- Were forced to miss out on work, which affected your wages
- Had to pay for repair services on your vehicle
- Had to purchase a new vehicle altogether because your previous one was totaled in the collision
- Qualify for pain and suffering damages, such as emotional distress or permanent disability
- Suffered an overall diminished quality of life
- Had to cover other out-of-pocket expenses because of the accident, such as rental car fees while your vehicle was being serviced
These are some common examples, but you may have more specific damages to claim in your case not mentioned in this article. Additionally, if you lost a loved one in a truck collision, you may qualify to file a wrongful death action on their behalf and demand compensation for other damages, such as funeral expenses or loss of consortium. Our team will be sensitive to your needs and personal loss as we aim for fair compensation.
How a Semi-Truck Accident Attorney in Shelby, North Carolina, Can Help You
Hiring a Shelby semi-truck accident lawyer to represent you can help alleviate the burden of building your claim or lawsuit. Our legal team will manage your case and keep you updated as it moves through the litigation process. You may expect updates about:
- Your case investigation: Truck collisions do not always have immediate causal factors shown at the accident scene, so our team may have to conduct our own investigation. We will identify potentially liable parties, causal factors, and any parties that may help your case (e.g., witnesses). Our team will also gather evidence as we investigate your case.
- Court notices: Our legal team will handle administrative tasks, such as filling out legal documents on your behalf and submitting them by their deadlines. Additionally, we will alert you when hearing dates get scheduled or if the court responded to your legal claim.
- Messages and offers you receive: Our team offers to handle all communications on your behalf to protect your case. This means we’ll speak with insurance companies, legal attorneys, and court officials for you. If you receive any settlement offers, we will also alert you and advise you on whether the offer fairly covers your damages.
Our team will also be preparing your case for trial if necessary. However, if an opportunity to negotiate a settlement deal occurs, we will alert you. Our legal team is available to answer any of your questions or concerns as your case is ongoing.
Don’t Wait Too Long to File a Lawsuit About Your Truck Collision
Per G.S. § 1-52, North Carolina sets a statutory deadline on personal injury cases that ends generally three years after the injury event. This means you have a general three-year window from the date of the truck collision to file a lawsuit against a liable party, be it the truck driver or a related party (e.g., the trucking company or truck manufacturer).
If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, G.S. § 1-53 mandates that you have a two-year window to file your case, starting from the date of the collision.
Truck Crash Cases Can Have Long Investigations
Many people want to get all the facts before bringing their case forward. However, depending on how much time you have left to submit your case, you might not want to wait until the last minute to file. Retrieving evidence from trucking companies, finding witnesses, or even finding the at-fault truck driver if they work/live out of state can all prolong your case’s investigation.
Filing your case on time can still give you time to investigate your collision without jeopardizing your case—because once you file late, your case is at risk of being dismissed by a judge. In fact, if the defendant finds out you filed late, they may request a case dismissal, which would absolve them of liability. Should that occur, you would be held liable for covering your own damages, thus losing your right to compensation.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, Today to Get a Free Case Review
If you or a loved one in Shelby, North Carolina, was injured in a semi-truck collision, you may have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit about the crash and demand compensation. A Shelby semi-truck accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can represent you in North Carolina and help you hold the appropriate party or parties accountable for the damages they caused you.
We offer the first consultation for free when you call the number on our website. One of our team members will review your case and then discuss what options you have to pursue financial compensation. You can start your legal journey as soon as today.