category: Fatal Truck Accidents,Truck Accidents,Truck Driver Negligence
after a truck accident
Semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles are dangerous. If you or a family member have been injured (or killed) in Southern Illinois, reach out to Hassakis' legal team today for support. We have decades of experience dealing with personal injury and automotive claims. You can call or contact us today for a free consultation and case review.
Like most truck accident cases, you can claim damages for a number of different reasons. Here's a brief list of the different types of compensation you can win in truck accidents:
- Current and future accident-related medical expenses and rehabilitation
- Any property damage done to the vehicle or other posessions.
- Lost wages and the loss of future earning potential
- Pain and suffering due to long-term physical and emotional damage
- General damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship
- The severity and implications of your injuries
Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident
A commercial truck driver isn't always the at-fault driver, but when they are, the damage can be catastrophic. Proving negligence is the overall goal of a truck accident lawyer. You determine negligence by determining who is at-fault with provable evidence.
The amount of compensation you can get in a truck accident varies. It's based on general and special damages but, keep in mind, you may be able to sue the driver's employer. The amount of damages you can claim are based on the above bullet point list, though there are other factors at play. If an insurer refuses to pay and the claim escalates to a case, a jury might find a victim's injuries or the implications of those injuries to be worth much more than originally proposed in a demand letter.
How Do You Settle a Truck Accident Claim?
The first step is to submit a demand letter to the driver's insurer and/or employer. The demand letter should include any financial damages you've suffered due to the accident (medical bills, lost time at work, etc.) on top of why the negligent party was the at-fault driver. The insurer may accept your offer, send a counteroffer, or ignore you entirely.
Don't accept the first offer an insurance company gives you. If you're initial claim is low, insurance companies or the at-fault person will take advantage and might just pay it. It's important to contact a St. Louis truck accident attorney as soon as possible to make sure you get the maximum reimbursement. Our firm specializes in commercial trucking accidents and other auto accidents that result in serious injuries or death.
Will I Need a Lawyer?
If you or a family member have been injured by a commercial truck, it's very important to call a local traffic accident lawyer as soon as possible. With an experienced lawyer, truck accident victims are in a much stronger position. They know how to talk to big insurance companies, can help you with demand letters and file claims, and take a case through court. You can contact one of our accident lawyers today for more information and a free case review. We've won more than $35 million for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis area.