How long you have to file a lawsuit after a truck accident may vary based on your geographical location, as each state sets different laws determining how long you have to file a lawsuit. In Nevada, for instance, you have two years to file a personal injury suit, according to NRS §11.190(4)(e). You can speak with the team for a lawyer if you are unsure of your state’s statute of limitations.
They can assess which deadlines may apply to your case and whether there are any relevant exceptions to those statutes. You may want to call a personal injury lawyer’s team even if you believe that the deadline for you to file a lawsuit has passed. Your case could be an exception, statutes may have changed, or other circumstances may make you eligible to seek compensation.
The Benefits of Beginning Your Case Early
There are several reasons why a truck accident victim may want to call a lawyer’s team as soon as possible following their collision. One reason is that your case may be subject to a filing deadline, and waiting to call a lawyer’s team could result in the deadline passing without your case being filed. You may also want to call a lawyer’s team soon after a truck accident because a lawyer can:
- Help you gather evidence for your case, including witness statements
- Protect you from insurance companies
- Handle any relevant communication with third parties on your behalf
- Ensure that all paperwork is filed on time
A lawyer or their team may not only tell you how long you have to file a lawsuit after a truck accident but may also file your lawsuit for you. Your lawyer will also see your case through the negotiation or settlement process, and if necessary, take your case to court. Per the American Bar Association (ABA), a court trial is usually unlikely with most civil cases.
Your Lawyer Will Take Quick Action After Your Accident
The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you, the more they may be able to do for you. If you retain your lawyer soon enough after your accident, they may be able to:
- Speak with witnesses and record their accounts
- Advise you on any early settlement offers made by insurance companies
- Defend you from unwanted contact by others involved in your accident, insurance companies, and attorneys
As they defend you, your lawyer will also initiate the process of seeking compensation. In order to move your case forward, your lawyer may:
- Determine the liable parties in your accident
- Review all parties’ insurance coverages
- Determine whether an insurance claim is worthwhile or whether your losses call for a lawsuit
- File your insurance claim or lawsuit
Your Lawyer Will Seek the Compensation You Deserve
As a truck accident victim, you or your loved one may be owed compensation for your injuries and losses. You may have substantial (and possibly growing) medical costs. You may be unable to work to cover your costs and could be suffering various types of pain and suffering.
Your lawyer may be able to seek compensation for these and other losses you have suffered. A truck driver may be personally responsible for covering your losses. Their employer could also be liable, while other circumstances may make third parties liable for your losses.
How Truck Driver Negligence Causes Accidents
Truck drivers face several challenges that passenger vehicle drivers do not. If not managed capably, these challenges can lead to negligent driving and accidents. Some of those challenges may include:
- Navigating narrow lanes in a larger-than-average vehicle
- Turning, backing up, and making other difficult driving maneuvers in a long and heavy vehicle
- Dealing with larger blind spots
- Longer stopping distances
- Communications distraction, including conversations with their bosses or co-workers about dropping off and picking up cargo
If anything, truck drivers need to be more attentive and cautious than drivers of smaller vehicles. Truck drivers accept this responsibility when they choose to drive a truck, and failing to be alert and cautious could result in an accident.
You or your loved one may be living the consequences that come from a truck driver’s failings. You may have been injured because a driver was speeding, did not give your vehicle adequate space, failed to obey the laws of the road, or neglected their responsibilities in some other way.
Call an Attorney at Bernstein & Poisson Today
The team at Bernstein & Poisson can explain whether you are eligible for a lawsuit or may assist you with an insurance claim instead. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in awards for clients, and we can fight for your case from start to finish. Call Bernstein & Poisson today at (702) 633-3333 for a free case review and to learn more about how we may be able to help.