WHEN IS IT TIME TO HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY FOR BIG RIG ACCIDENTS?
In the United States, there are about 500,000 big rig trucking accidents per year, with about 5,000 of them causing death. This means that every 15 minutes a person is killed or seriously injured in a trucking accident. If you or a loved one have been involved in this type of accident, there is a lot of information you need to know. One of the most important pieces of information is that a personal injury attorney can help you with your big rig accident in many different ways. Here is what you should know.
How Fault is Determined
Not every big rig accident is caused by a truck driver. In some cases, the driver of an automobile may have all or part of the blame as well. As such, it is important to determine who is at fault and be able to prove it to help you win a personal injury claim. Some of the elements that are looked at when determining who is at fault include looking at which driver may have been following or disobeying traffic laws, if one of the drivers was fatigued or tired, if a driver was unfamiliar with the roadways, if the truck was maintained correctly and if a driver was driving aggressively. A personal injury lawyer can help to prove who may have been at fault with the help of witness statements, police reports and accident recreationists.
What Compensation You May Be Entitled To
If the driver of the big rig is found to be at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you are entitled to based on the injuries you sustained. Some of the compensation you may be entitled to is designed to help cover your past, current, and future medical bills, any wages you lost due to your inability to work, any future wages or benefits you may lose, payment for permanent injuries, disfigurement and scars and money for pain and suffering. If your loved one passed away due to the accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for the funeral and burial costs and the costs associated with the loss of not having your spouse or loved one around.
Why You Should Talk to an Attorney Early in the Process
A personal injury attorney can help you in many different ways after a big rig accident. They can help obtain evidence, file your case before the statute of limitations expires and help you get the money you are entitled to. Talking to an attorney early on gives them the ability to fully work your case and allows you to focus on recovery.
If you have been injured in a big rig accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who knows what your case is worth and will fight to get you what you deserve. The Mukerji Law Firm is the law firm for you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.