What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can happen for the same reasons that “regular” car accidents do, as well as some that typically do not exist in collisions involving passenger vehicles or motorcycles. For example, while truck accidents can be the result of speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, or traffic violations like any other accident, they can also be caused by issues like improperly balanced cargo, air-brake failure, or defective coupling devices.
Can I Recover Compensation for the Losses I Sustained as a Result of My Truck Accident?
Whether you can recover compensation for the losses you have sustained depends on whether your accident was caused by negligence. Negligence refers to a person’s failure to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same circumstances. In addition, negligence can occur when a person violates safety rules that are designed to keep others safe. Because it is a complicated legal concept, the only way to learn whether negligence played a role in your case is to have it reviewed by a Charleston truck accident lawyer.
The Insurance Company Has Already Made a Settlement Offer – Should I Accept it?
If the trucking driver’s or trucking company’s insurance company has already made a settlement offer, you may be wondering whether you should just accept it and forgo retaining an attorney to represent you. It is strongly recommended for accident victims to retain an attorney, as determining the value of a truck accident claim is a complicated process and you run the risk of accepting a settlement that is far below the actual value of your case if you do not have legal counsel.
How Much Will Legal Representation Cost?
Many accident victims are concerned about the costs associated with hiring a lawyer. There is typically no up-front fee associated with retaining a personal injury lawyer, as attorneys who practice in this area usually enter into contingent fee arrangements with their clients. This means that any legal fees the lawyer collects will be an agreed-upon percentage of the compensation obtained by the client. If the lawyer is unable to obtain a settlement or award, the client owes nothing.
Call the Hartman Law Firm, LLC Today to Speak with a Charleston Truck Accident Attorney
The single most effective thing you can do to protect your rights after an accident with a commercial truck is to retain an attorney to represent you. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, call us today at 843-300-7600 or send us an email through our online contact form.