Truck accidents aren’t as common as car accidents, but they are often much more severe than the average passenger car crash. Fatalities and serious, life-changing injuries frequently happen as a result of truck accidents in Raleigh. In 2018, for example, there were over 2,000 injuries that were the result of traffic accidents involving larger trucks, including semi-trailers.
Because these crashes are often life-threatening, it is even more important that you can focus on your health and well-being after a crash. Having an experienced Raleigh truck accident lawyer help you through the legal process is extremely important.
When you have a team of professionals on your side, you don’t have to worry about preparing your legal case properly. Our team will help you through the entire process.
Truck accident lawyers see cases like yours every day. Unlike the average truck accident victim, who has never been in a truck accident before, an attorney who specializes in asserting truck accident claims knows the ins and outs of this type of legal claim. He or she will know:
The specific laws regarding truck crashes that apply to your situation
How to deal with an insurance company or trucking company to negotiate
What techniques to use to gather evidence and information
The procedure for starting your lawsuit
Any applicable limitations or timelines that apply to your case
What your case might be worth if it is presented to a jury
This vital information can only be obtained from training and experience. Many Raleigh truck accident law firms, like the Clauson Law Firm, have an entire team of people helping support you through the legal process.
Although you can start your truck accident case on your own, you lose the advantages that having an experienced team on our side will bring. That means that you will often get less compensation than you truly deserve by going it alone.
Perhaps one of the most beneficial parts of having a lawyer on your side after a truck crash is that he or she knows the laws in Raleigh that will affect your case.
The term “liability” is used in the legal context to determine who is legally responsible for the injuries and damage in your case. Determining liability can actually be much more complicated than you might think. Truck accidents are particularly complex because they often involve many parties. Below are a few examples of parties that might be involved in a truck accident case:
The person driving the truck
The truck owner
The trailer owner
The individual or company that did maintenance on the vehicle
The manufacturer of the truck or its component parts
Each of these entities or individuals often also have their own insurance company that you may need to deal with, too.
The other person that could be liable or “at fault” is you. In North Carolina, if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may not be able to collect money damages.
Your Raleigh truck accident attorney will be able to look at the facts of the case, compare those facts to applicable law, and determine who might be liable to you for your damages.
Your trucking attorney will be able to head up the investigation after your accident. In general, that means that he or she will gather physical and testimonial evidence.
Although you can certainly collect evidence yourself after your crash, a Raleigh truck accident law firm will be able to use all of its available resources to go through this process. Collecting evidence is often time-consuming—and allowing a truck accident firm to help you with this process means that you can focus on healing instead.
You may also be surprised to discover that some evidence is simply not important to your case. For example, imagine that the reason that the accident occurred is that a truck driver did not see you in a nearby lane, and he switched lanes into your vehicle. Evidence regarding how much the truck’s load weighed or his maintenance records isn’t going to matter for that type of situation. However, if the accident was caused because the truck wasn’t loaded properly, for instance, then the truck’s weight is going to have a much more significant impact on your case.
At the Clausen Law Firm, we have the experience and knowledge you need to gather evidence and present your case in the best light possible to an insurance company or jury. Put our experience to work for you. Click to call our firm for more information.