I’ve Been in a Truck Accident. What Steps Do I Need to Take?
Due to their size, commercial truck accidents can be much more devastating than regular vehicle accidents. One of the first steps you should take is hiring a truck accident lawyer who can help you wade through accident liability law. Merritt Webb has experienced attorneys who can help you understand accident liability, and take you through your options. Whether you are the injured or the accused, there is legal action that you can take, and steps you should take, to streamline the process.
Here are the things you should consider if you’ve been in a truck accident:
- Defining responsible parties: Who is at fault? Often, it is difficult to identify all of the parties involved with truck accidents. Hiring a legal team will help you determine potentially responsible parties. Hiring a legal team is the most crucial step, as there are many parties that could be responsible for your injuries and should be identified to ensure that you are properly compensated for your losses. While the driver is the easiest defendant to establish, there are also employers, vehicle manufacturers, trucking companies, leasing companies and contractors that could potentially be responsible for the truck accident
- Assessing damage: as with any incident, there are losses and damages incurred, the majority of which can be very expensive. These include medical bills, wage loss, emotional suffering, disability, impairment, loss of your vehicle and more. Additionally, a truck accident can end in death, leaving a family to make decisions that could determine their financial situation for the rest of their lives.
- Statute of limitations: state law requires that each lawsuit must be brought to the attention of the at-fault party within a certain amount of time after the accident.
In North Carolina, your lawsuit must be commenced within three years of a truck accident. If this does not occur, you will be barred and unable to recover from the at-fault party or their respective insurance company. If the accident causes the death of a loved one, the statute of limitations is shortened to two years. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville or elsewhere in North Carolina, you should speak with a truck accident attorney early on and learn your rights.
In South Carolina, you must commence your lawsuit within three years of the date of the truck accident, or you will be barred and unable to recover from the at-fault party or their insurance company.
In Tennessee, you must commence your lawsuit within one year of the truck accident, or you will be barred and unable to recover from the at-fault party or their insurance company for personal injuries. Claims must be put in within three years of the incident, or you will be unable to recover for damages to your vehicle.
Choosing the Best Legal Strategy
Many seek compensation for a truck accident and will file a suit within the statute of limitations. However, there are other options available that may be more suitable. Most cases will be handled out of court, in mediation or arbitration. Each strategy comes with its benefits, and deciding on the correct actions can be difficult. If you have been in a truck accident, your first step should be to find a law firm that can offer you the best counsel. Merritt Webb has a knowledgeable team, with years of experience in accident cases. Our team will explain your options and determine which one will provide you with the best outcome.
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