Drivers of commercial trucks provide a necessary service to California, shipping cargo across the state and country to homes and businesses. All truck drivers are highly trained, and most drivers behave responsibly and uphold the high standard of care required from them. Unfortunately, when accidents involving commercial trucks occur, they can be particularly devastating. If you are involved in a truck accident, it’s essential to understand how you can gain compensation for injuries and other damages.
At Heimanson & Wolf, LLP, Attorneys at Law, we have worked for years to represent those injured in vehicle and truck accidents in the Los Angeles area and other communities in California. In the aftermath of a truck accident, you are likely dealing with significant and catastrophic injuries. In the worst circumstances, the loved ones of someone in a car accident are dealing with their loss. We want to help you file a claim to cover medical costs, lost income, and loss of a loved one.
Filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim can be overwhelming as you deal with injuries or a death in the family. The injuries and medical care required after a truck accident are significant, and a personal injury claim can cover these damages. Our attorneys understand the legal requirements of these claims and have the resources to find essential evidence like witness testimony to prove your claim. We can help you calculate the damages you deserve, and we refuse to let an insurance provider provide you with an inadequate settlement. We want to fight for your better interests.
Under California personal injury law, you can file for any economic and financial losses because of the at-fault party. In a truck accident, the at-fault party may be the truck driver, the manufacturer of the truck, or even another driver on the road.
Economic damages are the easiest to calculate and are usually recognizable by most people filing for damages. They include damages such as:
These damages can be fully compensated by the person at-fault for your injuries and losses. Some damages and medical needs will be hard to recognize, but an attorney who has worked on cases like yours will be better equipped to anticipate future medical needs and complications.
What many people fail to calculate without an attorney when determining compensation is non-economic damages, as these are often subjective. In California, there is no cap on pain and suffering damages that are the result of accidents with state trucks. An attorney can work to maximize the damages you receive while you recover.
Depending on who was at fault for the accident, you may need to file a claim with the insurance provider for the trucking company or another at-fault driver’s insurance provider. You might also need to file a product liability claim if the accident was caused by faulty manufacturing. If the damages in a trucking accident can’t be fully covered by an insurance provider, you can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. This is often necessary for severe damage and long-lasting injuries.
This process of filing any of these claims can be complex and exhausting, particularly as you attempt to recover from any injuries. An attorney can assist with the filing and help you determine the ideal legal course of action for your situation. They can gather evidence in support of your claim and talk with insurance providers on your behalf. This can take a lot of stress off of you and give you the time you need to rest and heal.
It’s common for those injured in car and truck accidents to worry about paying for legal counsel on top of financial losses. At Heimanson & Wolf, LLP, Attorneys at Law, we charge based on a contingency fee. This means we are paid a percentage of your final compensation, and we don’t charge up-front fees. You only owe us legal fees if we succeed at earning you the compensation you deserve. Additionally, those who work with attorneys are likely to earn much more compensation than they would have without legal assistance.
Even a short discussion with an insurance company can allow them to use that information to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve after a car or truck accident. When you talk with an attorney first, they can help you understand your legal rights and how to protect your claim and compensation. Additionally, your attorney can handle negotiation and discussion with the insurance company in your stead.
There are many factors that impact a truck accident settlement. Because many accidents between trucks and personal vehicles result in devastating injuries to those in the car, settlements are often significantly higher to cover those injuries and losses. Compensation may need to cover surgeries, long-term medical rehabilitation, and a lower quality of life for the injured party. To understand more precisely the damages available in your circumstances, talk with a legal professional.
This depends on the specifics of a case. The fault may be on the truck driver, the driver of another vehicle, or the manufacturer and distributor of the truck. If there is clear and provable fault in a truck accident claim, the case may be resolved quickly, in only a few weeks. If your case is more complex and hard to prove fault, it could take much longer. The length of a case also depends on whether a fair settlement can be reached in negotiation, or if the case must enter litigation.
At Heimanson & Wolf, LLP, Attorneys at Law, we work with you from the start of your truck accident claim and through every step of the negotiations until we can obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact our exceptional attorneys today to see how we can help you.