4 Reasons You Should Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jan 16, 2017 in Truck Accidents
Did you lose a loved one in an Indiana truck accident?
Unfortunately, fatal truck accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in our state. According to data from the Indiana State Police Automated Reporting and Information Exchange System, there were more than 100 fatal truck accidents each year from 2010 to 2014:
- 157 in 2014
- 123 in 2013
- 126 in 2012
- 143 in 2011
- 116 in 2010
These accidents are often caused by the negligence of the driver or other parties responsible for the truck or its cargo.
If your loved one's death was caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages.
However, truck accident cases are complicated for a variety of reasons. That is why you need a South Bend truck crash lawyer to have the best chance of obtaining compensation.
Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak's South Bend truck crash lawyers have detailed knowledge of the many aspects of these cases, including liability, regulations and how to obtain important evidence.
We are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve so your family can achieve financial stability during this difficult time.
Our attorneys can help you in these four ways:
Determining liability – Many truck accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver. However, other parties could be held liable as well, including:
- Truck companies
- Truck manufacturers
- The company leasing the truck
- The company that loaded cargo onto the truck
- The company that performs vehicle maintenance on the truck
- Government entities
Our attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation to determine all of the parties who are liable for the accident.
You should not accept any settlement offers from insurance companies, trucking companies or other entities until speaking with a truck accident lawyer.
Collecting relevant evidence – The evidence your attorney collects will most likely be the key to the success of your claim. That is why you need a lawyer who has experience with these kinds of cases and knows what documents to request during the discovery process.
Not only do the lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak know what evidence to collect, we know how to translate the evidence into a strong case.
Using trucking industry regulations – Trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This organization sets a variety of rules, such as the number of hours that truck drivers can drive in a week.
Our firm has the resources and legal knowledge to sift through these regulations to find the ones that apply to your claim.
Identifying damages – Most truck accident victims do not know the full extent of the damages they have suffered.
Fortunately, our attorneys are committed to conducting a thorough evaluation of how your loved one's loss affects your family. We want you to receive compensation for all of the financial and emotional damages you have experienced, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost insurance and retirement benefits
- Lost emotional support
Your initial consultation with our South Bend personal injury lawyers is free and comes with no obligation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not obtain compensation unless you receive compensation first.
Contact our truck accident attorneys today. Call (844) 678-1800.