How a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer Helps

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

Understanding why you should at least talk to a lawyer about your Minnesota / Wisconsin Trucking Accident

If you are injured in a semi-truck accident, there are plenty of parties involved;

  • The trucking company (who is responsible to ensure that the truck was in good working order).
  • The truck driver (who requires a valid commercial license and was driving less than the regulated hours).
  • The insurance carrier of the trucking company (who will ultimately be responsible for your medical bills, time lost from work and pain and suffering).
  • The insurance carrier's legal team, (who will work to minimize the financial responsibility of the truck accident claim).

Who is looking out for your interests?

With all of these people involved, you'd think at least one of them would be responsible to ensure that the person injured was treated fairly, but they're not. The thing that all of the people listed above have in common is that they will try to deflect blame of the accident and likely even cover up any wrong-doing by the trucking company and or the truck driver. This is why it is so important to work with an attorney, the attorney you hire isn't working for the trucking company or the insurance company. I work for you. My job is to make sure that you are treated fairly, and that your case has the best possible outcome.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

It doesn't cost anything to have a lawyer review your case, and there is no obligation. I talk to people about their accidents on an almost daily basis, and I never expect anyone to sign up with me immediately. I want you to know your rights, and I want you to feel comfortable with the entire process. While it's helpful for us to get working on your case sooner than later, I will not pressure you if you need time to think about it. If you decide that you would like me to represent you, you still do not have to pay anything up front. I am paid based on a percentage of the settlement I obtain on your behalf. That means that if we don't win, you don't pay.

How can a lawyer help with my case?

Even in a normal auto accident, there is a lot of information to put together to build your case. You should be compensated time missed from work, medical bills, estimates for future medical costs and damaged property. There are additional pieces of information to investigate when a commercial carrier and driver are involved. A few of the things your semi-truck accident lawyer will need to do:

  • Review camera footage from truck, traffic cameras and anywhere else it's available;
  • Interview witnesses, workers for the trucking company, people who loaded, unloaded, weighed or were otherwise involved with the truck prior to the accident.
  • Review police and accident reports;
  • Analyze and review medical records;
  • Interview medical staff; and
  • Consult experts to reconstruct the accident scene and recreate the accident.

A trucking accident lawyer can also help you through the complex process of determining responsibility for the accident. Unlike accidents where two normal drivers are involved, there can be overlapping layers of responsibility shared by a number of parties, including:

  • Truck driver;
  • Truck driver's employer;
  • Owner of the truck;
  • Company leasing the truck;
  • Owner of the leasing company;
  • Owner of the trailer, if attached;
  • Company leasing the trailer; and
  • Manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or components.