Truck accidents can result in serious injuries, significant property damage, and complicated legal battles. Truck accident victims and their families frequently have questions about the legal process, liability, and potential compensation for bodily harm or, in the worst-case scenario, death.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about truck accident compensation and some insight into the legal process surrounding these cases. Please note that this page contains general information only and should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction for advice tailored to your specific case before taking or refraining from any action based on this content.
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1. Who Is Responsible for Paying for My Truck Accident?
Liability in a truck accident is multifaceted. Liability can rest on the truck driver, trucking company, equipment manufacturers, and other third parties. Liability can even extend to the employer for negligent hiring practices or failure to follow trucking regulations. Each case is unique and should be evaluated by a qualified lawyer who can carefully evaluate the details of your case.
|Examples of Truck Accident Settlements in NYC
|Eric Richman, Esq., has handled many truck accident cases in New York City, ranging from moderate to significant settlement amounts. We’ve listed a few recent settlements below for your consideration.
|$750,000 in a Pedestrian-Truck Accident
|A pedestrian was struck by a truck reversing the wrong way down a one-way street, resulting in herniated and bulging discs. The client was forced to retire due to his injuries. Our firm secured $750,000 for his pain, suffering, and lost earnings.
|$745,000 in a Rear-End Car Accident
|When sitting in her vehicle, our client was struck from behind, necessitating neck surgery and leading to incomplete recovery. We effectively demonstrated the defendant’s full liability, resulting in a $745,000 settlement.
|$450,000 in a Car and Truck Accident
|Seated in the back of a car, our client sustained a severe arm injury and multiple fractures when the driver lost control. Following extensive mediation, we settled the case for $450,000.
2. What Can I Be Compensated for After a Truck Accident?
The extent of the physical, psychological, and property damages generally determines compensation. Compensation can cover a variety of factors, and we’ve listed them below for further consideration:
- Medical Costs: Includes emergency treatment, ongoing care, and future medical needs.
- Lost Income and Loss of Earning Potential: Compensation for lost income and future earnings, especially if long-term disabilities are involved.
- Pain and Suffering: Includes physical and emotional distress.
- Property Damage: Vehicle repair or replacement costs and other damaged personal items.
- In Fatal Cases: Compensation can also cover the victim’s pre-death medical costs, funeral expenses, future earnings losses, and non-financial losses endured by family members.
3. Should I Accept a Truck Accident Settlement Offer?
If you’re dealing with insurance companies alone, you should think twice before accepting any settlement offer. A settlement offer may seem appealing initially because it provides compensation while quickly resolving your case. However, your settlement offer might not encompass the full extent of your damages, including anticipated future needs.
Working with a qualified lawyer, such as Eric Richman, Esq., will help you evaluate your case and ensure all factors are considered, improving your chances of receiving a fair settlement.
4. Can I File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in New York?
In New York, lawsuit filing is subject to state-specific rules, such as the statute of limitations. Before filing, it is critical to understand how these laws apply to your case and the complex interplay of state and federal regulations that govern the trucking industry.
5. Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a truck accident, it is critical to understand that filing on your own can present significant challenges and legal obstacles, particularly if your case cannot be resolved outside of court.
Working with a legal expert to handle your case is critical for several reasons, including:
- Legal Expertise: Truck accident claims involve complex legal and regulatory frameworks. Filing a case and negotiating truck accident compensation on your own is a risky endeavor. Retaining a lawyer can ensure access to legal expertise.
- Maximum Compensation: A seasoned lawyer will have the knowledge and skill to ensure your case is fairly resolved and that all damages are accounted for and pursued.
- Negotiating With Corporations: Truck accident claims are frequently filed against large corporations with significant legal resources. Contact The Law Offices of Eric Richman today to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Eric Richman for a Free Consultation
Victims of truck accidents often experience profound physical pain and disruption to their ability to work and in their personal lives. Securing truck accident compensation is often crucial to seeking justice, recovery, and closure.
Eric Richman, Esq., is dedicated to helping victims of truck accidents make informed decisions and navigate the complexities of these cases with peace of mind. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a truck accident and questioning what the options are for your case, we can help.