In order to fight for their rights, a truck accident victim will need an expert attorney to file a lawsuit against the trucking company that employed the driver who struck their car. Trucking companies have enough cash to pay injured people for their damages, but they also have enough cash to pay for legal counsel so the victims don’t have to accept a sizable settlement. It’s possible that victims won’t be able to take on the transportation companies alone.
An injured party will still require legal counsel even if they choose to file a claim against the driver rather than the business. Whether or not they are named parties, the company in charge of the driver will frequently become involved in the lawsuit or claim. The truck accident attorneys at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi will be able to bring a proper lawsuit against the correct entity or person.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
Cases involving truck accidents may be excessively difficult as a result of industry restrictions. State and federal laws govern the trucking industry. Even though the majority of truck drivers are cautious and responsible, sometimes accidents might happen as a result of drivers not receiving enough rest or skipping essential maintenance to keep to their schedule.
There are numerous benefits to hiring a lawyer after an accident, particularly one involving a large truck. Following a truck accident, people typically hire attorneys for the following reasons:
- not enough time to properly investigate the matter
- not sure how litigation works or how to settle a case
- sustaining serious or life-threatening injuries
- unsure how to handle insurance companies
- unsure of what damages they can collect and how much they can sue for
Truck accidents are difficult to understand. Other times, it’s someone else’s fault—bad maintenance, inappropriate loading, overloading, or poor road conditions—but sometimes it’s the driver’s fault—exhaustion, detours, intoxication, reckless driving. An experienced personal injury attorney will investigate the claim and help a collision victim identify the party or parties accountable for the harm and damages caused.
The benefit of hiring a lawyer is that a crash sufferer may focus on their recovery while a truck accident lawyer ensures they receive the compensation they are due.
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Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney
While some car accidents can be resolved without a lawyer’s assistance, accidents involving commercial vehicles are typically trickier. Lawyers that have handled truck accident cases before can help plaintiffs obtain both monetary and non-monetary compensation for their injuries. You are entitled to more compensation after a car accident than just medical costs.
If you make a truck accident claim, you might be entitled to compensation for any lost wages you suffered as a result of being unable to work after the accident. You might be qualified for reimbursement for future lost wages if you are still unable to work when your case is settled or goes to trial.
An attorney could be able to prove that a truck accident was brought on by a breach of trucking regulations, a manufacturing defect, exhaustion, or improper trailer management. A knowledgeable truck accident attorney will be familiar with the federal and state standards that big trucking companies must abide by, enabling them to apply the law correctly and hold all accountable parties accountable.
What Are the Truck Accident Laws?
There are many trucking laws in Tennessee and federal regulations that can be the origin of any trucking lawsuit. Experienced truck accident attorneys will be versed in these laws and know-how and when to implement them in a lawsuit. One main trucking law in Tennessee that can give rise to a truck accident lawsuit is the failure to inspect.
All vehicles weighing more than 10,001 pounds that are used for interstate commerce (crossing state lines) must undergo an annual safety inspection. Failing to conduct this inspection can lead to faulty parts and cause an accident. Another requirement under Tennessee law is that all drivers must have a current driver’s license and a valid medical card.
The medical card shows proof that the driver is medically fit to drive a tractor-trailer. If one or both of these is not on the person or not valid, then this could give rise to a lawsuit, especially if they were involved in an accident.
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How does a Lawyer Investigate a Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accident investigations are conducted by attorneys who thoroughly examine police reports, accident scene photographs, and other crucial data. Reviewing witness testimony, speaking with witnesses, or a combination of the two may also be part of the investigation. Attorneys will obtain and review police and crash reports to start their case and identify points of liability.
Further, an attorney will also review pictures in coordination with the accident report to ensure everything is accurate and matches all records. This is to make sure nothing was missed and that all points of liability have been established. Next, an attorney will read and obtain statements from witnesses and the scene as well as employ their own expert witnesses to help recreate the scene and give expert testimony on the type of crash and damages that could have been sustained.
Finally, attorneys will obtain all medical records, all medical expenses receipts, any details about missed time at work, evaluations from doctors that establish mental health, and any other documents or receipts that help support an amount for damages. The attorney will be the one to help decide the cause of action and how the damages requested.
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Contact the Truck Accident Attorneys at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi
Since 1970, the attorneys at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC have assisted clients in locating the parties responsible for their losses and holding them accountable for their carelessness. In order to assist you in obtaining the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled, we work to identify the defendants who are accountable for your losses. Additionally, we make every effort to guarantee that your claim is legitimate and presented on time because we are aware that there is a one-year statute of limitations for situations of this nature.