Any truck accident can be devastating, but when a passenger vehicle collides with a semi-truck, a victim can suffer especially severe injuries and great financial losses. The size and weight of semi-trucks pose a unique danger on the roads, especially when truck drivers travel at high speeds on freeways.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one, a Tryon semi-truck accident lawyer from our team can fight for fair compensation for your losses. The personal injury lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC want to help you recover your medical bills and lost income. We can also pursue other accident-related losses.
After a semi-truck accident, you don’t want to risk leaving any money on the negotiating table. You are likely facing mounting medical expenses on top of missing work while you heal. If you lost a loved one, you may not be financially prepared to make funeral arrangements.
Aside from economic damages like these, you may also be suffering physical pain, emotional turmoil, or profound grief. You deserve fair compensation for these types of non-economic losses, as well.
Potential compensation includes:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income, including bonuses, benefits, and paid leave
- Reduced earning capacity if you cannot earn your pre-injury income
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Funeral arrangements
- Loss of consortium
We Leave No Stone Unturned When Assessing Your Losses
When you hire our Tryon semi-truck accident attorneys, we will review your medical documents and wage statements to determine your losses. We can also consult with expert witnesses to better understand how your injuries may continue to affect you going forward. We will factor in such future accident-related expenses when assessing your case.
You have enough on your plate with healing from your injuries and getting your affairs in order. A fair settlement or court verdict can go a long way during this trying time, and you don’t have to handle it alone.
Our Tryon truck accident lawyers can navigate you through the legal process, making it as smooth as possible, so you can focus on yourself and your family. When we take on your case, we will provide various legal services and utilize every resource to pursue the financial recovery you deserve.
For example, we can do the following to build your case:
Investigate Your Semi-truck Accident
Truck drivers must adhere to strict laws and regulations to keep themselves and others on the road safe. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires semi-truck drivers to possess a special license and undergo extensive training. They also have to abide by certain service hours so they do not engage in fatigued driving.
If a truck driver violates any of these laws or regulations, they increase the risk of having an accident. Even if they follow the rules, a simple driver error may still qualify as negligence. When we investigate your case, we will determine what happened, identify a liable party, and establish negligence.
We can obtain various pieces of evidence to support your case, including black-box data, traffic camera footage, eyewitness testimony, and police reports. This information can help us establish another party’s negligence. This usually includes demonstrating the following four elements:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- They breached their duty of care through a negligent act or omission.
- Their breach caused or contributed to the accident.
- You suffered injuries and losses due to the accident.
File an Insurance Claim or a Lawsuit
We can review your options for seeking compensation and file an insurance claim or lawsuit. We can handle all of the paperwork associated with either one and communicate with insurers or defense attorneys.
Negotiate With Insurers
We can negotiate with insurers before and after taking legal action. We will review any offer to prevent you from accepting an unfair settlement that would leave you footing the bill later on.
Represent You in a Trial
Every case is different, and just because you file a lawsuit doesn’t necessarily mean your case will go to trial. However, we won’t hesitate to make your case before a judge or jury and seek a court-awarded offer if necessary.
It may not just be the truck driver who is at fault for your accident. Their employer will usually share liability for any damages that occur due to their negligence.
In other cases, neither is liable; a third party, such as a truck manufacturer or a government entity, may bear responsibility. For example, this may be the case if your accident resulted from a defective auto part in the truck or hazardous road conditions.
Sometimes, multiple parties share liability, which only complicates matters. Either way, our Tryon semi-truck wreck lawyers will work to hold the responsible party or parties accountable.
Whether you’re driving into town on Trade Street or taking Hogback Mountain Road to go on a camping trip, you will likely share the road with semi-trucks. The apprehension that some motorists experience when next to one or passing one is understandable. A simple mistake is all it takes to cause a serious accident.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 4,920 tractor-trailer accidents occurred in North Carolina in 2021, 27 of which happened in Polk County. That year, the state saw 1,142 semi-truck accidents with injuries and 68 with at least one fatality.
You deserve to rest and focus on your health. A Tryon semi-truck accident attorney from our legal team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC will take care of every aspect of your case. Call us today for a free consultation.