Getting the right settlement will pay your medical costs and more to protect your financial future
Thousands of big rigs are on the road every day. They are essential for transporting the groceries and other goods that we need to sustain our excellent quality of life. Yet they also make the roads significantly more dangerous. Not only are these big rigs several-ton juggernauts that can demolish passenger vehicles in even the most minor of accidents, but they become exponentially more dangerous when trucking companies cut corners on maintenance and drivers stay behind the wheel for much longer than they should.
If you are seriously injured in an accident with one of these huge trucks, you may be able to get compensation for your losses. The Minot big rig accident lawyers at the Larson Law Firm fight to get the best settlement possible for those who have been injured in these accidents or have lost a loved one as a result of one of these accidents.
What are the causes of big rig accidents?
Accidents are rarely ever true accidents. The majority of the time, they are caused by driver error. Some of the most common causes of big rig accidents we see include:
- Driver fatigue from lack of sleep or overly long periods behind the wheel
- Driver distraction
- Improper driver training
- Driving with excessive loads
- Following too closely
- Equipment failure due to neglecting truck maintenance
Often, big rig drivers falsify their log books and drive many more hours than they should because they are under tight deadlines. They become overtired and are unable to make good decisions while driving or to react quickly to obstacles on the road. Drivers also overload their trucks in an attempt to haul more in less time, which makes it harder for them to control the trucks or to stop in time.
These and other driver errors can lead to accidents that result in life-changing injuries. In some cases, the trucking company can share the blame — maybe because they pushed unrealistic deadlines or because they did not put regulatory guidelines in place for log books or load weights. Likewise, the driver and the company can both be held responsible for failing to maintain the truck.
Our Minot big rig accident lawyers go after all responsible parties in your accident to make them accountable. Our attorneys work with a team of investigators to determine all the factors that contributed to your accident and to collect the evidence of neglect. The trucking company has a team of lawyers working to suppress this evidence and to minimize its risk, so working with an experienced firm levels the playing field to ensure that justice is served.
How a truck accident settlement is determined
Many factors go into determining what kind of settlement you can get after your big rig accident. Our attorneys thoroughly review your case and help you understand what might be possible at the outset. Our goal is always going to be to get you the maximum settlement that the law provides.
First and foremost, our attorneys look at what kind of injuries you suffered from your accident. The more severe the injuries, the bigger the settlement you are likely to get. We fight to get you compensation for the medical costs you have already incurred, the pain and suffering you have experienced, and the ongoing and future medical care you will need, including surgery, medical equipment, rehabilitation and home health care.
The amount of your lost wages is also included in the settlement amount we fight to get. That includes lost wages from time missed from work while getting medical treatment, being in court, or needing to recover at home. We also look at your diminished future earning capacity as a result of your loss of mobility or mental capacity.
Our Minot big rig accident lawyers compile a team of medical professionals and other experts to testify about the extent to which you have been impacted by the accident to fight for the largest settlement possible. The money may not give you back what you have lost, but it will help you heal and move forward. If you have lost a loved one in a big rig accident, the money can give you some sense of justice and can protect your family’s future.
Work with the compassionate North Dakota big rig accident attorneys dedicated to getting results
A big rig accident can change your life. You deserve compensation that reflects the losses you have suffered, and the Minot big rig accident attorneys at the Larson Law Firm are committed to getting results. Call our office today at (701) 839-1777 to talk with an attorney or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.