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What Is a Fair Settlement for a Semi Truck Accident?

Semi-Truck Accident Attorney Indianapolis

If you have been in a semi truck accident, you may have large medical expenses and other damages, from property loss to pain and suffering. The burden of being in an accident may be compounded by having to deal with a difficult insurance company to negotiate a settlement. How can you know that what the insurance company is offering is fair for your damages? The right settlement will consider the apportionment of liability, the extent of your injuries, the amount of time you’ve been off work, and any long-term consequences of the accident.

Discovering the Settlement Amount You Deserve

Every accident is unique, and there are various factors that can significantly impact the monetary compensation that a victim is entitled to receive. These may include:

The extent of injuries. Truck accident settlements typically address two major issues: the victim’s medical expenses and their pain and suffering. That means that the severity of injuries must be considered to determine the right settlement. Injuries that have long-term effects or result in permanent disability should be compensated at a higher level than minor injuries that take a shorter time to recover from.

Economic losses. If a victim misses work because of their injuries, a fair settlement will address that economic loss. Additionally, if the accident has caused a permanent change in a victim’s earning potential, that should also be taken into account. Lost earning capacity is a major damage that demands an appropriate settlement figure.

Who was responsible for the accident. If the victim had partial fault for the accident, their settlement may be reduced accordingly. Partial fault may be found where the victim:

  • Had a mechanical problem with their vehicle, such as missing brake lights;
  • Failed to yield or unsafely changed lanes too close to the truck; and/or
  • Acted negligently by driving distracted or driving while under the influence.

If the semi truck driver was at fault for the accident there may be multiple liable parties for the victim’s damages, including the driver’s employer, the truck owner, and the maintenance provider for the truck.

Other parties may be liable for damages associated with the accident, depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, if the accident was caused by poorly maintained roads, a government entity may bear liability for the accident, or if the truck driver was intoxicated, the bar or restaurant that over-served them may also bear some responsibility.

Because there are so many potential factors to consider, working with a lawyer may be the most effective way for a victim to determine the appropriate and fair settlement amount for their truck accident.

Getting a Fair Settlement for Your Semi Truck Accident

If you have been injured in a semi truck accident, you may need a lawyer on your side to help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help. Contact us today at (317) 636-0808 or online for a free consultation.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney