Working Hard to Protect Your Rights After a Truck Accident in Mississippi or Arkansas
Anyone who has driven near a large truck knows the unsettling feeling. For most drivers, getting past large trucks as quickly as possible is the goal. They have a good reason – when a crash involves a large truck the results can be catastrophic.
The damages from a truck accident are much different than from a car accident. They are usually more severe, and the process for recovering damages changes.
Federal laws and regulations govern large trucks and their operation. Your attorney must be familiar with these laws and regulations to successfully navigate your case. Additionally, in crashes involving large trucks, there are often multiple liable parties.
The personal injury lawyers at the Harris Law Firm know how a trucking accident can change a person’s life. If you or a family member is facing serious injuries from a truck crash, please contact us today.
Causes of Truck Accidents and Potentially Liable Parties
The liable parties in a truck accident can be numerous. This differs from car accidents which often have only two possible liable parties. Liable parties in a truck accident might include:
- The truck driver;
- The trucking company;
- A driver of a passenger car;
- The victim of the car accident;
- The cargo loader or shipper;
- The manufacturer of the cargo; and
- The manufacturer of the truck or a truck part.
There are many things that could cause a truck accident. This is why there are so many potentially liable parties. Also, the relationship that exists between a truck driver and trucking company (employee-employer) brings in the theory of vicarious liability.
Truck accidents are almost always caused by negligence. Some of the most common types of negligence that lead to large truck collisions include:
- Truck driver errors, such as taking a turn too fast, driving aggressively, or driving while distracted;
- Violation of hours of service regulations;
- Truck driver fatigue or impairment;
- Improper truck driver training;
- Lack of vehicle maintenance;
- Defective vehicle part; and
- Cargo/loading errors leading to cargo shifts.
How to Recover Compensation for Your Losses after a Greenville Truck Accident
Large trucks can weigh up to 20 times that of standard passenger cars. As such, when the two vehicles collide, the passenger car may be completely totaled. This a huge economic expense due to property damage and loss. But it is also likely that the driver and passengers of the passenger car will suffer severe harm. Injuries could be permanently disabling. They range from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to a paralyzing spinal cord injury to amputation and crush injuries and more. These injuries can lead to lifelong impairment, psychological harm (such as depression), pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. And of course, the crash could bring thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages.
To recover compensation for these losses, you will need to make a truck accident claim against the at-fault party. Mississippi is an at-fault insurance state. You must file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party. Then you need to prove that the at-fault party committed an act of negligence/breached the duty of care owed to you. You also must prove that the breach was the direct cause of the accident. Showing your injuries resulted from the accident is also required.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Mississippi
Our truck accident lawyer in Greenville recommends initiating the claims process by first filing a claim against the insurance company of the at-fault party. From there, we will do everything we can to investigate the accident, gather evidence, prove fault, and prove the extent of damages suffered. Then, we will aggressively negotiate on your behalf to recover a compensation award that fully compensates you for your losses.
If we are unable to reach a settlement agreement with an insurance company, filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court may be the best course of action. We have trial experience and are not intimidated by the idea of a courtroom. In fact, we have recovered millions of dollars on clients’ behalf as a result of both settlements and court decisions.
Don’t Hesitate to Act
The aftermath of a truck crash can be very traumatic and confusing. You may be dealing with significant injuries, or having to care [re-word] for a loved one who has suffered significant injuries. In the most severe of cases, you may even be dealing with the death of a family member. Our law firm understands that immediately after a truck accident, the last thing that you’re probably focused on is getting compensation and calling a lawyer – you’re likely too overwhelmed. We urge you to contact our law offices as soon as possible, as we cannot stress enough the importance of acting quickly in truck accident claims. We need to move fast to collect evidence, send spoliation of evidence letters, and file a claim with the insurance company. What’s more, the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident lawsuit is only three years, reinforcing the need to act swiftly.
Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyer in Greenville Today
In a second, your world can change. If it does, we hope that you will contact our truck accident lawyer in Greenville to learn more about taking steps to improve your future and maximize your compensation amount. We encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our law offices as soon as possible. Reach us online or call 877-714-4171 today.