What to Know Before You File a Trucking Accident Lawsuit
If your trucking accident just happened, contact McIntyre Law. We can refer you out to a doctor who will provide proper treatment and reliable records in your lawsuit process. Primary care doctors often elect not to testify at trials. If your accident happened a while ago, and you’ve already gone through treatment, McIntyre Law can help you collect your medical records that will jumpstart your lawsuit.
If you file a lawsuit, you’ll need to acquire other legal papers (like petitions, summons, or complaints) for filing a lawsuit, and McIntyre Law can help that process. If you lost a loved one in a trucking accident, we can help you get life insurance documents, loans to cover lost wages initially, and more.
At McIntyre Law, we employ experienced lawyers skilled in dealing with tractor-trailer collisions. We work vigorously on behalf of our clients to protect them from being further victimized by the trucking company and/or their insurer. We immediately delve into the underlying cause of the accident and when necessary, employ the services of nationally recognized experts who will assist in our accident investigation. And we help them get the documents they need to start receiving the compensation they deserve.
Collecting Evidence from a Truck Accident
Putting an experienced legal team on your side is the best thing you can do after a trucking accident. One thing every person victimized in a trucking accident must know is that you are not on a level playing field when dealing with a trucking company. When a serious motor carrier collision happens, a patterned response is initiated by the trucking company to devalue your claim from the outset.
The pattern response is for the truck driver to immediately call his or her dispatcher. The dispatcher will typically call the trucking company’s “risk manager.” The risk manager’s job description is to identify and prioritize the risks posed by the motor-carrier collision and is followed by a coordinated application of resources to minimize and impact the potential loss. In following his job description, the “risk manager” will typically call, regardless of the hour, a “rapid response” team headed by a local defense attorney. Many times the trucking company’s investigator and defense lawyer may arrive at the accident scene before the debris is cleared.
From the outset, regardless of the seriousness of your injuries, the trucking company attempts to minimize the potential compensation you may receive as a result of the truck collision.
We recently helped a retiree recover $4,250,000 in damages after his wife was killed in an accident caused by a tractor trailer. Our client was also injured in the accident, and in its aftermath, the trucking company and their insurance company offered him just $250,000 for his injuries and his wife’s death. The disparity between the original off and the final payout serves to highlight the ways in which trucking companies try to limit payments and manage risk. It also shows just why you need a lawyer on your side.
You and your attorneys are the only ones looking out for your best interests. Local law enforcement may not preserve all of the evidence you’ll need at trial. This is why calling immediately about your case is important. At McIntyre, we’re determined to get the evidence you need for your case: For example, one of our attorneys went out to the scene of the crash, dug around, and found a trashed receipt that solved the case and won the lawsuit.
And if our lawyers aren’t digging for evidence themselves, we’ll also bring in investigators who can find better evidence for your case, like human factors experts, doctors, and cellular phone experts.
The Statute of Limitations for a Truck Accident Lawsuit
If you’re involved in a collision with a large truck, you have a limited amount of time from the day of the accident to file a claim for compensation. In most states it’s at least a year. But you shouldn’t wait even a minute to start the process of getting compensation for your injuries. Every day that goes by, evidence could be destroyed, and the pain and suffering you feel changes. Don’t wait to file your claim.
What compensation can I get from a trucking accident lawsuit?
Some people are lucky enough to walk away from a car accident with minor injuries or no injuries at all. Not so often with truck accidents. These vehicles weigh 10,000 pounds or more. An accident involving one typically results in very serious injuries—and larger settlements than typical in car accident cases.
You may be entitled to recover the following if you are injured in a truck accident:
- Cash awards
- Property damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
Working with McIntyre Law
Honesty, hard work, and compassion are the hallmarks of our law firm. We strive to provide the best legal representation to trucking accident victims while adhering to a strict code of ethics. In keeping with our Midwestern, small-town roots, we pledge to keep the victim’s best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. Even though your accident or lawsuit may happen in another state, we will handle your case as if you were right next door. Our founder, Noble McIntyre, is always just one phone call away.
Do you have a case for a truck accident lawsuit?
If you’ve suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one from a trucking accident, you may be eligible for a trucking lawsuit. Calling to find out won’t take much time and won’t cost any money. Because McIntyre Law works on a contingency fee basis, we won’t charge you or waste your time on a lawsuit that has no chance of winning. If we take your case, we’ll work very hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your truck accident case, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
What causes most semi truck accidents?
The types of trucking accidents that are most likely to result in compensation are ones caused by driver error or trucking company negligence.
Common Types of Driver Errors
- Cellular phone use
- Road rage
- Failure to use turn signals
- Distractions from routing systems
Common Types of Trucking Company Errors
- Negligent hiring
- Improper training
- Unfamiliarity with roads
- Poor mechanical maintenance