One of the most frightening vehicle accidents could come from being hit by a semi-truck. Taking on the driver in a lawsuit can be scary too. Even more so when he is backed by a large company that employs him.
Don’t try to go it alone. In North Las Vegas, call upon Pacific West Injury Law. We have the expertise and experience to take on the driver, his company, and their insurance. And we will fight for you.
What Compensation Should You Seek?
Your compensation may contain many variables. Of course, you would like to receive financial compensation to pay for repairs or replace your vehicle, as well as to reimburse you for your medical expenses to care for your injuries obtained through the accident. But there could be more.
Loss of Income
When involved in a semi-truck accident, you may have suffered major injuries. Those injuries could take you away from your ability to work for weeks, months, or longer. You need to be compensated to make up for your inability to work and care for your family.
Your injuries could be more than physical. Being involved in an accident with a semi-truck can be a harrowing experience. You certainly may have experienced emotional trauma from the accident
That trauma could manifest itself in many ways, from depression to a real fear of driving. The possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder following the accident is real, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Disability and Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Your injuries from the accident could you leave with physical and/or emotional disabilities. They could be temporary or permanent. As such, not only could it affect your ability to work it could also affect other areas of your life.
You may no longer be able to participate in regular family activities nor play a sport you once enjoyed. Maybe you no longer can mow the lawn, or perform other, what were easy regular household chores. You can seek compensation for what you have lost.
How Long do You Have to File a Nevada Semi-Truck Accident Claim?
While the statute of limitations can vary from one state to another, here in Nevada, you have two years to file a vehicle accident injury claim.
When to file may depend on your injuries and projected healing time. You will want to include projected medical expenses from your accident injuries into the future no matter when you file.
Who Can You Sue?
Being hit by a semi-truck is more complicated than being in an accident with another car. While it could be the driver’s fault there could also be other issues at play. Is the semi-truck individually owned by the driver, part of a fleet owned by a company that uses trucks all the time, or an independent trucking company?
It is possible the truck hadn’t received routine maintenance that resulted in the accident. Who is responsible for the upkeep of the truck? It is possible that the driver, the company he works for, and the maintenance garage may all be defendants in your lawsuit.
What Can a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer do for You?
Just as you trust a medical team to take care of your injuries, you can rely on an experienced legal team to take care of your accident case. A skilled attorney can:
File a Legal Claim for You
Each case is different, but an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer will want to listen to the specifics of your accident and discuss how to proceed with you. Organizing and filing the paperwork can be complex and confusing for a layperson. Working with an attorney, whom you are comfortable, is highly important.
Collect Valuable Information and Evidence
You need to share all the information you have obtained from the accident with your lawyer. That includes:
- Your insurance company and policy number
- Your medical records of injuries from the accident
- A copy of the police report
- Contact information of the driver of the semi-truck and his company
- Contact information of any eyewitnesses
- Photographs and videos anyone may have taken at the scene
Putting this information together and interviewing the witnesses are all key to your case. That, aided by the knowledge of Nevada and local traffic laws, makes attorney Kris Hemrich of Pacific West Injury Law a desirable choice for North Las Vegas residents who have suffered from a semi-truck accident.
Deal with the Insurance Companies So You Don’t Have to
The only contact you need to have with your insurance company is notifying an agent of the accident. Your lawyer can deal with the rest.
An agent representing the driver or his company’s insurance company may try to reach you. He or she may be digging for information or trying to get you to settle before the dust does. Don’t talk with them.
You should not discuss your semi-truck accident with anyone other than law enforcement, your doctor, your attorney, and your loved ones.
Do not post any details of the accident to any social media site such as Facebook or Twitter. While it may seem a convenient way to share with friends, you do not want to provide any information the defense may also access.
We Can Help You Work Toward a Fair Settlement for Your Semi-Truck Accident
In some cases, a settlement can be made before going to court. That means both parties must come to an agreement on compensation to be paid to you for the injuries and trauma you have suffered. Your attorney will have discussed the potential amount your case could be worth.
He also understands that you may want to settle for a bit less. While the decision is yours, your experienced lawyer will help you understand what you could be up against, and at what point you may want to agree on a settlement.
Don’t Wait – Contact a Semi-Truck Attorney Soon
Whether you are up and about following injuries sustained from an accident or laid up in a hospital bed, you should reach out to Pacific West Injury Law as soon as possible. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
Collecting evidence and organizing a potential lawsuit takes time. You need to get started with your attorney as soon as you are stable and let him get to work for you. Contact Pacific West Injury Law today.