Do I Need a Lawyer After a Commercial Truck Accident?
Commercial truck accidents are some of the most dangerous and most terrifying accidents on our roadways. The massive size and weight of these vehicles increase the risk experienced by everyone on the road when accidents happen. If a commercial trucker’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, your ability to regain your health and well-being may be determined by your ability to obtain just compensation for your full range of physical, financial, and emotional losses, and for that, having an experienced Columbia, South Carolina, truck accident lawyer in your corner is always in your best interest.
The statistics make it clear that, in truck accidents, it is the occupants of the other vehicles involved who are at the greatest risk of being seriously injured. Consider the following statistics shared by the National Safety Council (NSC):
There were 4,965 truck accident fatalities in 2020, which is 31 percent higher than the number in 2011.
71 percent of the fatalities in truck accidents are the occupants of the other vehicles involved.
68 percent of the injuries in truck accidents are incurred by the occupants of the other vehicles involved.
The Losses You Experience
The serious nature of truck accidents means that your ensuing losses (or legal damages) are likely to be extensive. A critical aspect of your truck accident claim is ensuring that your complete losses – including those that are ongoing – are addressed directly. These losses can include:
Property damage to your vehicle
Your medical expenses, which may include future healthcare needs
Your lost income (related to time lost on the job), which may extend to a decrease in earning potential over time
The physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure
A seasoned truck accident lawyer will help to ensure that every aspect of your covered losses is well represented in your truck accident claim.
Truck Accident Claims Are Challenging
Truck accident claims are challenging. You can count on the trucking company’s insurance provider to put considerable effort into keeping your settlement low, and you’re not likely to be in any condition to take them on. While you focus on your recovery, your dedicated truck accident lawyer will ably tackle all the following on behalf of you and your claim:
Gathering all the available evidence, including the police report, eyewitness testimony, and evidence at the scene;
Putting together your strongest claim;
Communicating with the insurance company in your stead (the less you say to the insurance company, the less it has to twist into something that can harm your claim);
Skillfully negotiating with the insurance company for compensation that is adequate to cover your losses; and
Preparing to take your claim to trial (if the insurance company refuses to engage in fruitful negotiations).
An Experienced South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you find yourself in the very difficult position of having been injured by a truck driver’s negligence, Andrew Littlejohn Johnson at Littlejohn Law – proudly serving Columbia in Richland County along with Allendale, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Hampton, South Carolina – is an experienced truck accident lawyer who is on your side and here to help. Learn more by contacting or calling us at 803-764-4099 today.