A Mesa truck accident lawyer can negotiate a full and comprehensive settlement on your behalf while you focus on your recovery and getting your life back to normal.
When you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident, the last thing you need is a protracted legal battle over the compensation you’re owed. Medical bills, lost income, vehicle repairs, and medication copays are just a few of the expenses that commonly follow these crashes, and if you didn’t cause the accident, you have a right to a settlement that covers them.
Whether the truck driver who hit you was an independent contractor or a direct employee of a large trucking company, the funds you need will likely come from an insurance company. As a for-profit entity, the insurer is going to view your claim as an expense to be minimized. This means a lowball settlement offer and no help with determining what your long-term expenses are.
You don’t have to be satisfied with this outcome, however. As a Mesa truck accident lawyer, Milton Wagner can take your demand for compensation to the insurer and make certain that it gets treated with the respect and due diligence it deserves.
Identifying the Responsible Party for a Semi-Truck Crash
Getting the largest settlement possible for your personal injury claim requires identifying everyone at fault and naming them all in your suit. This means investigating every aspect of the accident and considering every possibility indicated by the evidence.
This process yields the best results immediately after the collision, so you’ll want to contact our Mesa truck accident lawyer to begin work on your claim as soon as possible. Evidence can fade in time, and the memories that make up witness testimony can lose their focus.
Industrial truck accidents can be particularly challenging because there are so many different people involved in operating these vehicles. The driver, trucking company, maintenance crew, cargo owner, tire manufacturer . . . depending on the details of your case, all could bear some responsibility for what happened. These are just a few of the potential factors that might have been involved:
Aside from the evidence present on the scene, sometimes the type of semi-truck crash you were hurt in is the strongest evidence of all. For example, a lost load usually indicates that either the loading crew was at fault or that the company who made the restraints was. Similarly, a jackknife truck accident is often caused by incorrect braking and loss of control on the trucker’s part. This could also be caused by a third party, however, such as another driver that the trucker was trying to avoid.
Often fatal, underride accidents are often initially blamed on the truck driver, but it’s actually more likely that a third driver was responsible for pushing the middle vehicle into the truck’s trailer. A swinging-turn accident, on the other hand, will likely be the trucker’s fault for failing to check mirrors and blind spots.
Our Mesa truck accident lawyer will understand what your accident type means and follow the evidence that it provides. While the fault might seem obvious, there are often underlying causes that need to be fully explored.
Injuries and 18-Wheeler Collisions
Valuing your personal injury claim will require a substantial amount of input from your doctor. Your injuries are perhaps the single greatest indicator of how your finances and quality of life will ultimately be affected.
By working with your physician, our Mesa truck accident lawyer can get an excellent idea of what your medical needs will be and what the associated costs will be. Your doctor will also indicate how long your recovery will take and whether your injuries will lead to any permanent disabilities and disfigurements. Brain and spine injuries are easily the most likely to lead to disabilities, while broken facial bones, burns, and lacerations have the greatest chance for a disfigurement.
Fatal injuries are also extremely common in 18-wheeler wrecks. Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, drivers of passenger cars and motorcycles almost always come out the worse for wear, and wrongful deaths are not uncommon. This can leave the family in a terrible situation where they have to deal with their grief and simultaneously figure out how to handle all of the financial damages caused by the crash.
What Goes into a Fair Commercial Truck Wreck Settlement?
Once fault has been established, it will be necessary to determine how much money would make a fair settlement amount. There are two mistakes that many crash victims make at this point: failing to account for future accident-related losses and failing to include their non-economic damages in their demand for compensation.
While the most obvious and significant damages will likely have obvious financial values, your truck crash and injuries can affect your life in many other ways—and all for the worse. Pain, whether physical or emotional, is very real, and you deserve to be compensated for it as what happened isn’t your fault.
The following list of potential damages is not comprehensive, but it shows how diverse the potential losses our Mesa truck accident lawyer can help you recover can be:
Current and future medical expenses for surgeries, procedures, and medication
Emotional and physical therapy
Lost wages, income, and earning capacity
Transportation and caretaker expenses
Property damage and vehicle repair
Pain and suffering
Permanent disfigurement and emotional distress
Lost enjoyment of life
Mesa Truck Accident FAQ
At Wagner Law, we want to make the process of seeking compensation as easy as possible for you. With that in mind, we’ve provided answers to a few commonly asked questions in the section below. If you would like specific information as it applies to your case, contact our office to speak with our Mesa truck accident lawyer.
Who’s liable if I was injured in a semi-truck accident that was caused by a tire blowout?
Tire blowouts are sometimes caused when commercial trucks are loaded beyond their weight capacity. This would make the cargo team or the entity responsible for checking the freight responsible. It might also indicate a defective tire, which would implicate the tire’s manufacturer.
Can I seek compensation for PTSD caused by a truck crash?
Yes; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might not be physically visible, but it can impact your life as thoroughly as any other injury. You should be compensated for your suffering and any medications and therapies required by your recovery.
How do I prove that my accident was caused by a trucker who fell asleep at the wheel?
Commercial truck drivers are required to keep rest logs. If a driver drove without rest for longer than what’s legally allowed, this information can be requested. The deadline and business practices of the trucking company might also provide evidence, as the company could be partially responsible if they encouraged drivers to go long periods without rest.
Get Help from a Mesa Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
An industrial truck accident isn’t easy to recover from, and it probably won’t be inexpensive, either. It’s important that you receive all of the compensation that you are owed, which is why it’s crucial that you seek the legal representation provided by Wagner Law.
Let our knowledgeable Mesa truck accident lawyer help you get the fair and full settlement that will enable you to pick up the pieces. Schedule a free consultation by submitting your information in the form below or by calling 602-456-4166.