Personal injury lawyers are the lawyers that generally deal with truck accidents. These lawyers represent clients who have been injured because of a truck accident. They may also represent clients who have lost a loved one and choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit because of their loss.
Personal injury lawyers do not generally ask clients to pay anything upfront for their legal services. Instead, clients generally pay a percentage of their winnings to the lawyer, which means that a lawyer does not receive payment unless they help secure a settlement for their client.
A Lawyer Can Help You Seek a Settlement Award
Victims of truck accidents may generally turn to a lawyer because they have suffered losses. The victim’s accident-related losses may get in the way of their day-to-day routines due to physical, cognitive, and emotional trauma. Even if truck accident victims would normally be able to complete a lawsuit or claim on their own, their accident-related injuries could make it difficult for them to do so.
Hiring a lawyer takes the issue of seeking compensation out of your hands. Because a lawyer will handle the process of pursuing a lawsuit or insurance claim, you as a victim can:
- Rest, which may be critical to your recovery
- Attend medical appointments
- Undergo rehabilitation
- Receive psychological counseling
- Assist any loved ones who have been injured
You may need to work through the loss of a loved one in the case of wrongful death. By hiring a lawyer for your case, you may have more time to dedicate to your grieving process. Your lawyer will work to find out specifically how your truck accident has affected you.
A Lawyer Will Identify Specific Losses that You Have Suffered
The specific types of harm that truck accident victims experience are known as “losses.” Losses may come in many different forms, including health consequences and financial losses. Your lawyer will meet with you and any other loved ones who have been affected by a truck accident.
They will learn what losses you have experienced and calculate the financial cost of those losses. Some types of losses that may come from a truck accident are:
- Healthcare expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- The cost of replacing your vehicle
- The cost of repairing your vehicle
- The cost of temporary transportation
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- The cost of rehabilitation and psychological counseling
When someone loses a loved one from a truck accident, the losses may also be great. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) explains that the average cost of fatal truck accidents is $3.6 million. Your losses from a wrongful death may include funeral expenses, severe past and future pain and suffering, loss of the deceased’s income, and loss of consortium.
A personal injury lawyer may often deal with truck accidents. They may know what losses generally occur when a truck accident leaves a victim injured or without a loved one and will calculate your unique set of losses.
A Truck Driver May Have Put You at Foreseeable Risk
When determining whether a truck driver or other parties are responsible for covering a victim’s losses, a lawyer may determine whether the driver was negligent. According to the Legal Information Institute (LII), someone may generally be negligent if they put someone at risk by acting unreasonably and without consideration for others’ care. Though a driver may not have intended for you to be hurt or to cause the death of your loved one, their behavior may have been a clear risk to others’ safety.
Truck drivers who speed, tailgate, change lanes abruptly, make dangerous turns, or disobey traffic signals may be acting in a way that is negligent. Distracted driving is also a clearly dangerous behavior that causes thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries per year, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Your lawyer will review how your accident occurred to find out who is responsible for your losses.
Truck drivers, their employers, or some combination of defendants may owe you for your costs and suffering. When it comes to negotiating a settlement, your lawyer may:
- Identify liable individuals
- Name them as defendants in your lawsuit or insurance claim
- Communicate with those individuals’ lawyers
- Negotiate compensation that reflects each defendant’s proportional responsibility for your losses
Your financial and non-financial losses could all be covered by those who are liable for your truck accident.
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You may be facing serious hardship as a truck accident victim, and a Las Vegas lawyer can work for you until your case is resolved. Call us today at (702) 633-3333 to have your free consultation with a member of our team.