Eugene Truck Accident Lawyers
The last thing anyone wants to do is tangle with a huge truck. You might be lucky enough to get away with minor injuries, but because of the size and weight of a truck – especially a fully loaded truck – the chance of suffering catastrophic injuries is much higher than if you were to tangle with another passenger vehicle.
Truck accidents are complex cases because more than one person might share liability for your injuries and losses. The Eugene truck accident lawyers at Strong Law Accident & Injury Attorneys understand that money is an issue, so we offer a free case evaluation and represent you on a contingency basis. Contact us at (206) 741-1051 to schedule a free case evaluation.
How Truck Accident Lawyers in Eugene Can Help
After a truck accident, you may have to deal with several insurance companies. All of them will find reasons to offer you a pittance or deny your claim. When you are trying to recover, the stress of dealing with greedy insurance companies is the last thing you need. Eugene truck accident attorneys can deal with the insurance companies for you, so you do not have that added stress.
Your legal team also:
- Investigates the accident
- Uses its resources to hire expert witnesses, including accident investigation teams and medical experts
- Goes up against powerful and greedy insurance companies
- Helps you get the medical care you need, including finding specialists
- Negotiates a fair and reasonable settlement
- Manages your case for you to ensure that you do not miss important court deadlines
- Ensures you receive the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Many factors can cause a truck accident. These factors determine who is responsible for your damages. Your legal team at Strong Law Accident & Injury Attorneys will determine who shares liability and negotiate with their insurance companies. Sometimes, only the driver is at fault, but in many cases, a trucking company or the driver of another vehicle is at fault. Causes of truck accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Driving while distracted
- Aggressive and/or reckless driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Poor road maintenance.
Various parties might share responsibility for your damages. Just because a driver was tired or speeding does not mean that only the driver is responsible. If a dispatcher “encouraged” a driver to “do what it takes” to get the load delivered on time or else lose his or her job, the dispatcher or trucking company could also share liability for telling the driver to break hours-of-service regulations or the speed limit.
Those who might share in the liability for a truck accident include:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- A truck owner or lessor
- Truck mechanic
- Truck and/or trailer manufacturer
- Aftermarket parts manufacturers
- A municipality that did not keep roads in good repair
- The driver of another vehicle.
Instead of taking a chance of missing out on money that could help you pay for your injuries, let the truck accident attorneys in Eugene help you recover the compensation you deserve. You can schedule a free case evaluation by calling (206) 741-1051 or through our contact page.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
In some cases, you might not be able to move without causing additional injuries. In these cases, do not worry about documenting the accident. However, if you can move without causing additional damage to yourself, you should take the following steps after a Eugene truck accident:
- Call first responders and check on others involved in the accident.
- Obtain the following information from other drivers involved in the accident:
- Contact information
- Insurance information
- Registration information
- CDL license information
- Truck number, which is sometimes on the side of the cab or the trailer if the driver works for a trucking company
- Take a photo of the license plate.
- Obtain contact information from witnesses. You can also ask witnesses what they saw.
- Take photos of the accident from all angles. Be sure to include any damage to property, including the road, yards, fences, trees, utility poles, and mailboxes.
- Allow first responders to check you over, even if you believe your injuries are minor. This is the first step in documenting injuries that might manifest hours or even days later.
- Give the police officer your statement.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident – preferably the same day or the next day.
- Contact Eugene truck accident lawyers at Strong Law Accident & Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation.
The actions you do not take after a truck accident are as important as those you take. Do not post about the accident on any social media sites. Additionally, do not post your activities on any social media sites. Insurance companies troll social media sites to find “reasons” to deny your claim. Even an innocent photo, such as a photo with your spouse or parents at a restaurant, can add fuel to that fire.
Finally, never, ever admit fault, even if you believe you might be partially at fault for the accident.
Truck Accident Injuries
The injuries you might sustain in a truck accident depend on many factors, including the speed of your vehicle and the truck, how the truck hits you, whether the truck was hauling a trailer, whether the trailer was fully loaded and other factors. Injuries you might sustain in a truck accident range from minor to catastrophic and include:
- Scratches, cuts, bumps, bruises, and scrapes
- Road rash
- Face and eye injuries
- Ear injuries, including deafness – usually if a truck or another vehicle explodes
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head, neck and shoulder injuries
- Internal injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Pulled and torn muscles and other soft tissue injuries
- Simple or compound fractures
- Crushed bones
- Crush injuries
- Thermal and chemical burns
- Radiation burns
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
Many of these injuries take months to heal. Some, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, could cause long-term or permanent disabilities. Eugene truck accident lawyers work with your doctors and medical experts to determine whether your injuries might cause long-term or permanent disabilities.
A common question during initial case evaluations is, “What is my truck accident case worth?” We cannot even begin to guess until we review all of your medical records and investigate the case. The type and extent of your injuries play a large role in how much compensation you will receive. Additionally, your compensation also depends on any contributory negligence.
Contributory negligence laws are complex. Thus, even if you believe you are partially or fully at fault for the accident, always discuss the accident with a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in vehicle accidents.
The truck accident lawyers in Eugene can help you recover the compensation you deserve, including compensatory damages and punitive damages.
After a truck accident, you could recover compensatory damages in the form of economic and non-economic damages. The court orders economic damages in an attempt to make you financially whole again.
Sometimes referred to as special damages, economic damages have a monetary value. Someone, whether you or your insurance company, has to pay money out of pocket for economic damages. Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses, including doctors’ appointments, surgeries, follow-up appointments, prescriptions, ambulatory aids, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive therapy, and psychological therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity until your normal retirement age, including partial loss of future earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed personal property, including your vehicle and items of value in your vehicle that were destroyed in the accident
- Death-related expenses, including funeral and burial expenses, cremation expenses, some probate court expenses, and probate attorney fees.
General damages, or non-economic damages, do not have a fixed dollar value and include:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life if you have to make life changes, such as using ambulatory aids or taking prescriptions for the rest of your life
- Loss of consortium and/or companionship
- Loss of use of a body part or bodily function
- Amputation of a digit or limb
- Excessive scarring and/or disfigurement
- Inconvenience if you have to hire someone to do the chores you normally do, including but not limited to house cleaning, grocery shopping, lawn maintenance, and home repair and maintenance.
The court orders a defendant to pay punitive damages only if the plaintiff – you – can prove that the defendant’s action or inactions were grossly negligent or intentional. Instead of making you whole again, as compensatory damages do, the court orders the defendant to pay punitive damages as a punishment for the grossly negligent or intentional behavior that caused your damages and/or losses.
Eugene truck accident lawyers can help determine whether you might be entitled to recover punitive damages after fully investigating your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, those in a truck accident have never been in such a position before, especially if they lost a loved one because of an accident. These are some of the questions we often hear.
If I live in another city, do I have to go to the Eugene office?
How can I afford a lawyer when I am not working because of accident injuries?
Do I have to go to court?
How do I pay for medical expenses until I receive my settlement?
How long does it take to get my check?
If I lost a loved one, who pays the medical expenses he or she incurred before they passed?