Truck Accident Resources
Truck Accident Resources
What You Need To Know
You have questions. We have answers.
An accident with a commercial truck can leave you with devastating injuries and many questions about how to proceed. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, keep reading for answers to commonly asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents
When should I hire a truck accident attorney?
You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after being injured in a trucking accident. You will be dealing with your injuries, medical treatment, possible lost work time, and other disruptions in your life. On top of that, the insurance process can be confusing and exhausting. The earlier that you consult with or retain an attorney, the earlier that you will understand your rights, feel comfortable with your options, and know where you stand. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for trucking accidents are always free with no obligation.
What is a typical settlement range for truck accident cases?
Every accident and every person and their injuries are different, and there is no typical range of recovery in a truck accident case. A settlement range depends on many factors, including how the accident happened, the injuries you suffered, the treatment you need, the effect on your ability to perform daily activities and your job, income loss, the permanence of injury, and problems you will face in the future. We make sure that we obtain the best evidence of our clients’ injuries and damages so that they receive the highest offers possible from the insurance companies.
How much do you get for pain and suffering in a truck accident?
There is no typical amount for pain and suffering recovery in a truck accident case, since it will depend upon the specifics such as the injuries, treatment, severity and length of symptoms, and amount of disruption in the victim’s life. Our job is to make sure that the evidence showing our clients’ pain and suffering, both past and future, is fully developed and submitted in the case, so that they receive the highest possible recovery for pain and suffering.
What if I’ve been hurt in a truck accident?
After you are hurt in a truck accident, you should seek medical treatment promptly and follow the health care providers’ recommendations for continuing treatment and diagnosis. You should also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights, coverages and options. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for car accidents are always free with no obligation.
What should I do if someone from the trucking company calls me before I’ve picked a truck accident lawyer?
We never advise that you speak with the trucking company or their insurance company after a trucking accident. Anything you tell them may be used as a defense if you pursue a claim. In this situation, we do recommend that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. You want someone in your corner when you are dealing with the trucking company or insurance carrier. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for trucking accidents are always free with no obligation.
Who can be sued in a truck accident case?
The driver of the truck and his employer can be sued in a truck accident case. There may be others who can be sued along with them, such as the owner of the truck, owner of the freight, or a truck maintenance company. Truck accident cases are complicated and often require extensive investigation and litigation. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo has decades of experience in handling the most complicated truck accident cases, and initial consultation is free.
How much does it cost for a truck crash attorney?
At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we work on a contingent fee basis, which means our fees are a percentage of what we recover for our clients. If we do not make a recovery we do not get a fee. Contact us to find out more about our contingent fees in truck accident cases.
What kind of evidence will I need in a truck accident case?
Truck accident cases are complicated and often require extensive investigation and litigation. Evidence includes witness statements, police accident investigation and reconstruction, scene photographs, damage to the vehicles, debris and markings at the scene. It also includes information about the driver, including driving history, prior violations, training and oversight, and daily driving hours/breaks/sleep. Our law firm has extensive experience in getting the evidence necessary to prove our truck accident cases.
How is fault determined in a truck accident case?
The accident investigation and reconstruction involved in truck accident cases is usually complex and specialized. The police generally perform the initial investigation and sometimes a reconstruction of the accident and how it happened. Often, the parties will then do their own investigation and get their own accident reconstructionists and other experts to evaluate all the information and data to show who is at fault. At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we will get the evidence to show who is responsible for the accident by viewing the scene, talking to witnesses, getting photographs and investigations, and often hiring experts such as accident reconstructionists. We make sure we leave no stone unturned in proving fault of the other driver.
Who is liable in a truck accident -- the driver or the trucking company?
Usually, the driver and trucking company are both liable in a truck accident. If the driver is an employee of the trucking company then the company is responsible for his negligence. Also, the trucking company often has been negligent in allowing the driver to drive the truck or by failing to keep the truck in good working order.
Is there a deadline for filing a truck accident lawsuit?
Personal injury actions in Pennsylvania have a statute of limitation (or time limit) of two years for filing the lawsuit, and this includes truck accident cases. That timer starts on the day of the accident. If suit is not filed within that time, or is not properly filed or served, the injured party will lose all rights of recovery.
The trucking company’s insurance adjuster wants a statement from me. Should I give them one?
We never recommend that you give a statement or speak to a trucking company or their insurance adjustor. Anything you say could be used against you by the insurance company or the trucking company in the future. You need someone experienced in trucking accident cases on your side fighting for you and dealing with the trucking company and their insurance company. We have decades of experience in trucking accident cases, and consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorneys are always free with no obligation.