Frequently Asked Questions: Big Rig Accident Lawsuits

November 20, 2014 @ 9:15 am

tractor-trailerUpdated on: March 5, 2021

If you are in a big rig accident, the first course of action after recovery should be to contact an attorney. Big rigs are regulated differently than everyday motorists; therefore, it is imperative to seek an attorney’s aid in order to guarantee comprehensive compensation.

Will I automatically be compensated for injuries in a big rig accident?

Not necessarily. Trucking companies have extensive legal resources at their disposal, so they will go through extensive measures to try and prove the driver of the big rig was not liable. For example, Wal-Mart is attempting to escape liability for Tracey Morgan’s injuries due to him not wearing a seat belt. An experienced big rig attorney has the knowledge and legal experience needed to acquire the appropriate compensation for the injured driver.

Who is held responsible in big rig accidents?

Many individuals and institutions can share the responsibility after an accident involving a big rig occurs. Truck drivers, truck manufactures and truck companies can all share some responsibility for the accident.

What if I was somewhat at fault?

If you share some responsibility for causing the accident, the court will assign a percentage of responsibility to each party. Depending on the state’s law where the accident occurred, you may be able to receive some compensation for damages.

What information/ documentation should I give to my lawyer?

When meeting with your attorney for the first time, it is important to have a meticulous outline of events prepared. This includes information from the time of the accident to the present moment. You need to be able to present the clearest information possible to your attorney. You will also need to present them with all medical bills, testimonies, photographs of injuries, photographs of the scene of the accident and any other document or information remotely related to the accident. The more information you give your attorney, the stronger he or she will be able to make your case.

What damages can be recovered after a big rig accident?

Truck accident victims may be entitled to recover medical expenses, property damage, lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, as well as, a number of other categories of damages at trial. A skilled attorney will assess all possible damages available to you and maximize your recovery.

Contact Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an 18-wheeler accident, contact the attorneys at Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik. Our attorneys are committed to getting you the compensation you need to cover lost wages, medical bills and the ongoing care you may need. Contact us through our website, or call 1-800-655-4783 to schedule your free consultation today.

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