Drivers who get into a car accident with another driver often know exactly what to do and what courses of legal action are available. After exchanging insurance information, its easy for them to get on with day to day life. For drivers who are involved in an accident with a truck, it can be hard to know exactly how to proceed, especially if a serious accident has life changing ramifications. There are many factors that are involved in getting full compensation for the injuries sustained in a truck accident and the subsequent costs. Here are some guidelines for drivers who have been in a truck accident and want to know if they are receiving all of the compensation they are entitled to receive from the experienced attorneys at Fisher & Talwar.
Are All Responsible Parties Paying Compensation?
Unlike a car accident, where the other driver is the only one who may be found responsible, there are multiple parties that can be legally held responsible in the case of a truck accident. In addition to the actual driver who was in the truck when the accident occurred, liability can also extend to his or her employer. Trucking laws are strict and employers who allow employees to break those laws can be held liable alongside the driver. If a separate person or company owns the truck, they may also be responsible for paying compensation. In addition, if the accident was caused by some type of design flaw or hardware malfunction, the manufacturer of the truck might also be held liable. These manufacturers are often multimillion dollar companies who can afford to pay legal compensation.
Are All Costs Being Covered?
Even if a driver is receiving compensation from all responsible parties, they may not be getting all the money they are entitled to receive. Medical bills are not the only kind of expenses that the law requires responsible parties to cover. Drivers who suffer losses in an accident can also be entitled to compensation for any therapy or rehabilitation and any missed earnings due to inability to work after the accident. If the inability to work goes on for a long time, there might be a need for compensation due to long term disability. The emotional ramifications of being in a serious accident can be just as serious as the physical, and a driver can be compensated for mental health treatment, emotional distress and inability to enjoy day to day life after the accident.
Drivers who have been in a serious accident with a truck should act quickly, as the statute of limitations in California limits the ability to make claims after two years has passed. It is vital to act within a certain timeframe to receive all the compensation legally owed by everyone who is legally liable. A good truck accident attorney can help with pursuing legal action until a driver has received all of the legal compensation he or she is owed.