If you are thinking of suing after a construction truck accident, an Abbeville construction truck accident lawyer may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf so that you have one less thing to worry about during this trying time. Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 for a free case assessment.
Truck Accidents Can Have Serious Consequences
If you or a loved one has been in a construction truck accident, you do not need anyone to tell you how devastating these accidents are. The property damage and medical bills alone are hard to deal with; the physical and psychological injuries can be even worse.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has provided a chart—Trends Table 4—that shows the danger of colliding with a truck. According to this data, 4,761 people died in truck-involved fatal accidents in 2017. Of these, only 841 of those killed were in the truck. While a truck’s size and sturdiness tend to protect those inside it, anyone outside will suffer the worst of the damage. This is especially true if cargo, equipment, or anything else weighed the construction truck down at the time of the crash.
If you or any of your passengers were severely injured in the crash, get medical help and go to the hospital immediately. Otherwise, if you are able, call the police and stay on the scene until they arrive. You will also want to exchange contact and insurance information with the truck driver.
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Suing for Compensation
When should you begin your lawsuit? Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, accident victims (or their survivors, in wrongful death cases) generally have just one year to sue for damages, so it is best if you start as soon as possible. Contact the office of Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers at (337) 777-7777 whenever you are ready.
If the crash left you with many extra bills or affected your ability to earn a living, you could qualify for economic damages. A few—but by no means all—types of economic damages are listed below.
- Medical costs: this may include any and all medical treatments you received for your crash injuries and, in some cases, travel expenses related to that care.
- Repair costs: this will reimburse you for the expense of fixing or replacing your vehicle if it was damaged in the accident.
- Lost income or benefits: you lost money by staying home from work until your injuries healed enough for you to get back on the job.
- Lost employment: your injuries prevent you from ever returning to your previous job, or your employer fired you because of your injuries.
Struggling financially is terrible, but the physical and emotional toll of an accident—referred to as non-economic damages—is often far more difficult to cope with. Noneconomic damages often include things like:
- Lost quality of life: this refers to any major lifestyle change, from having to give up a favorite activity to needing help with small, everyday tasks.
- Pain and suffering: this includes any negative physical or psychological symptoms associated with your accident or injuries.
- Disability: your injuries have permanently impacted your physical or mental capabilities.
- Disfigurement or scarring: your injuries have left you with large, disfiguring, and/or painful scars.
When filing a lawsuit, you will have to itemize your damages and assign a specific dollar amount to each one. Your lawyer can help you identify all of the damages you qualify for, how much compensation you may be entitled to, and the best way to go about fighting for it.
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When to Hire an Abbeville Construction Truck Accident Lawyer
If you want to file a lawsuit, you may want to hire a lawyer as quickly as possible. Even if you are still undecided about whether you want to file, discussing the matter with a legal professional can give you a better understanding of your rights and options, and how your lawsuit may play out. It is always best to know what you are getting into before starting a lawsuit.
Other standard legal services include:
- A free consultation: a member of our team can tell you whether you have a viable case.
- An accident investigation: your lawyer will investigate and seek out all evidence regarding your accident. This way, you will know who the liable party is and have documentary evidence to prove you deserve compensation.
- Identification of liable parties: by listening to your account of the crash and looking at the evidence, your lawyer may help you figure out who is liable.
- Submission of paperwork: in a lawsuit, the small details are just as important as the big picture. We will file all forms on time.
- The pursuit of compensation: if we can get you a pretrial settlement, we will. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we can represent you at a trial. Whatever it takes, we will advocate for you every step of the way.
- An advisor: if you have a question or are not sure what to do next, talk to us. We are here to help you make the best possible decisions in your case.
Our firm can provide all of these services for no upfront costs. Instead, we will wait to take our fee out of whatever compensation you receive. If we cannot recover compensation for you, then you do not have to pay us anything.
You should not have to be on the hook for expenses caused by someone else’s mistake, nor should you have to seek compensation alone. An Abbeville construction truck accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers would like to help you in your fight for compensation. Our phone number is (337) 777-7777.