Being involved in an accident can be a traumatic and stressful experience, which can be even worse if the other driver was in a large commercial truck. Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks often result in severe to catastrophic injuries. Pursuing a claim for damages is also more complicated. Understandably, prospective clients have numerous questions when meeting with one of our Ohio truck accident lawyers at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC.
To help you better prepare for your initial consultation, we have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Ohio truck accident claims.
Unfortunately, there is no average settlement range for which personal injury claims settle. Every case is unique, and therefore, every value is unique. Your potential settlement depends on numerous factors. When you retain our firm’s services, we will go over all the details of your case and provide you with a value specific to your injuries.
Who you sue after a truck accident will depend on the circumstances. There are specific scenarios where the trucking company could be liable in addition to the driver. For example, the trucking company violated federal trucking regulations, failed to maintain the truck properly, pushed drivers to routinely break the maximum allotted hours behind the wheel, etc. You can expect the trucking company will go to great lengths to avoid liability, which is why you want an experienced truck lawyer representing you.
You should never accept a settlement or sign a release of all claims without first speaking with a truck accident lawyer. The insurance company may be pushing you to settle early on to avoid paying the full value of your claim. Once you sign a release of all claims, you cannot go back and ask for additional compensation, even if you find out you need surgery now.
Your compensation will vary based on numerous factors. Generally, you might receive compensation for your:
In some cases, you could still recover some compensation if you are at fault. Ohio is a comparative negligence state. Provided your percentage of fault is not greater than 50%, you are still entitled to pursue a claim for damages. For example, if you are 25% at fault, you could receive 75% of your damages. If you are 60% at fault, you will receive nothing.
If you have additional questions about large truck lawsuits in Ohio, contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC to schedule an initial consultation.
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