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What to know about filing a semi-truck accident lawsuit
If you have suffered a serious injury or if a loved one has died in a semi-truck accident, working with a truck accident law firm offers you the best chance to fully recover financially from your losses. Your attorney can help you take legal action against those responsible for your injuries and losses.
The steps to filing a truck accident lawsuit
Trucking companies have powerful resources on their side, so you need legal professionals who are up to the task of battling them. The following is a general overview to guide you through the most common steps in filing a lawsuit with a personal injury attorney.
Step 1: Selecting a semi-truck accident lawyer
The first thing to expect when you work with the North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & West Virginia semi-truck lawyers of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is compassion for your situation, followed by more than 200 years of combined legal experience in personal injury cases, 24/7 availability, and unparalleled dedication to maximizing your compensation. We pay attention to the unique details and circumstances of your accident and guide you step by step through each phase of your case.
Step 2: Filing the complaint
Your lawsuit begins when our truck accident lawyers formally file a legal complaint for you. The complaint is a written statement that describes:
- The incident (what happened)
- The plaintiff (you)
- The responsible parties (the defendants)
The defendants named in a trucking accident lawsuit often include:
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The manufacturer of any defective or faulty parts
- The drivers of other vehicles involved
- The insurance company or companies representing any of the defendants
Truck accident cases are often quite complex; that’s why it is important for your counsel to have the skills and resources to fight for the maximum possible compensation.
Step 3: Answering the complaint
After we file your complaint, the defendants have a set amount of time to file their answers to your complaint by stating their position and indicating how they intend to defend against your case.
Step 4: Performing pretrial discovery
The actions performed in the discovery phase include:
- Gathering factual statements from all parties involved
- Taking depositions
- Exchanging supporting documents related to the accident
- Strengthening your case by gathering the opinions of expert witnesses
Armed with accurate and comprehensive information, your attorneys can help you decide whether settlement or trial offers you the best option for fair recovery.
Step 5: Seeking a semi-truck accident settlement or trial judgment
During any phase before trial, the parties may seek to negotiate a settlement. Our attorneys negotiate for the most favorable compensation possible for you. If an acceptable offer is put forth and agreed upon, the defendants agree to pay certain damages to you and you agree to drop the lawsuit.
If the defendants are unwilling to work out a fair settlement, the discovery phase closes and we proceed to trial. At trial, the court decides who is at fault, to what degree, and how much you should be compensated.
Contact a semi-truck accident attorney in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or West Virginia
While no one can put your life back exactly the way it was, the semi-truck accident attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban seek compensation for every aspect of your loss, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us today at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at one of our North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or West Virginia offices.