The idea of a truck accident case can be overwhelming for someone who has recently been hurt in a truck crash—and with good reason. Truck accident injuries are often serious and truck accident cases are unique. They aren’t the same as car crashes. The amount of work that has to be done to get a fair recovery in a truck accident case may be significant, but so too may be the results.
Eight Things You Should Know About How a Case Works
Before you file a truck accident case in a Wisconsin court, it is important to know how a lawsuit will work. Specifically, you need to know:
- If you have standing to file a truck accident lawsuit. You can file a truck accident injury case in a Wisconsin state court if you were the one who was hurt in the crash, if you are the parent or guardian of someone who was hurt in the crash, if you are the personal representative of someone who died in a truck crash, or if you are someone with the legal right to recover benefits in a wrongful death case after a truck accident.
- If you have time to file a truck accident lawsuit. In most cases, you have three years to file a truck accident injury case in a Wisconsin court. However, the statute of limitations may be extended or shortened in some circumstances.
- Who you are going to sue. Truck accident cases can be complicated and an investigation may need to be done in order for you to name the right parties as defendants in a truck accident case. Some potential defendants include the trucker, the trucking company, the truck’s manufacturer, and the truck’s maintenance workers.
- What happens if you were partly to blame for the truck crash. You may still recover damages even if you were partly to blame for the crash so long as you were not primarily responsible for the crash. The amount of damages that you may recover may be reduced by the percentage of fault attributable to you.
- Whether you need expert witnesses. Expert witnesses can be important in truck accident cases. Depending on the unique circumstances of your crash, and the other evidence available, you may benefit from hiring expert witnesses such as accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, economists, and others.
- Whether you need a truck accident lawyer. You can be sure that the trucking company and its insurer have attorneys working hard to minimize your financial recovery. You deserve the benefit of an attorney working for your fair recovery instead of against it. Our truck accident lawyers are not paid hourly and instead are paid only if your claim is successful.
- How to deal with insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters can be tricky and can try to get you to say or do something that will hurt your potential settlement. Your attorney can communicate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf.
- How settlements work. Settlements often require skilled negotiation. Your attorney can work hard to negotiate a settlement on your behalf and identify a fair settlement when and if it is made.
This overview provides you with important things to think about before pursuing a truck accident injury case in Wisconsin. However, there are still many details that need to be addressed before you move forward.
We Know You Still Have Questions and We Have Answers
Every truck accident injury case is unique. You likely have questions about how your specific case will work, about your legal rights, and about your potential legal recovery. Our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers want to answer these questions for you. Please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with us and to get the answers that you deserve to all of your questions.