If you suffered injuries in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be suffering devastating consequences, including severe, even incapacitating injuries, extreme pain, and a long recovery process. In addition to physical consequences, you may also be experiencing economic stress as you struggle to cover mounting expenses, despite a loss in work and wages. If this is the case, you deserve justice and a Louisville truck accident lawyer who is not afraid to go after it.
If you are coping with losses from a truck accident, Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to help you get the justice you deserve. Winning a lawsuit against a negligent driver is not just about winning. It is about making sure you do not incur further harm. A lawsuit may be able to recover compensation that will reimburse your lost wages and new expenses while also acknowledging your injury and need for a peaceful recovery in the form of a “non-economic” damages award.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC believes you deserve justice and wants to get you everything you are entitled to. We offer clients free consultations at (800) 630-9229. When you call, we can go over your case with you and develop a potential legal action plan. Further, because we work on a contingency basis, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
What a Louisville Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
In truck accidents, a disproportionate number of drivers and passengers in other cars suffer injury and fatality in comparison to truck drivers or passengers. Those that do survive large truck accidents are frequently tragically injured, often a result of the truck’s weight and subsequent impact of the collision. If you suffered severe injuries, you might need compensation to help you cover financial losses, cope with your injury, and begin your recovery process.
If you are eligible to receive compensation, a truck accident lawyer can help you build a case that will hold the responsible party liable for their actions and hopefully earn you the damages you are entitled to. In order to build your case, an attorney can:
- Collect evidence of financial loss, including documentation of all medical expenses, lost past wages, and potential future loss of wages based on your prognosis and determine a fair financial award
- Evaluate the extensiveness of your injuries and overall suffering to determine a fair non-economic damages award
- File your case with the court, adding a settlement demand to the liable party based on the economic and non-economic award determinations
- Represent you in settlement negotiations with an insurance adjuster and other driver’s legal counsel
- Take your case to trial if the opposing party will not negotiate fairly
- Collect further evidence as necessary to present to a jury at trial
- Represent you in court
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Louisville, call 800-630-9229
Determining Liability in Truck Accidents
While many freight and other large trucks are owned and operated by independent contractors, many others are not. Many are owned by shipping industry giants and other large companies, which makes their drivers company employees instead of independent contractors. In these cases, when a truck driver causes or is liable for an accident, the company by default becomes liable for that accident. FedEx, for example, is one company that owns its trucks and employs its drivers. As a result, because their truck drivers are company employees, accidents they cause are covered by the FedEx liability insurance policy, with maximums of $10,000,000 per person, instead of a private personal insurance policy in the case of an independent contractor.
Victims of truck accidents caused by company employees can be at an overwhelming disadvantage when attempting to hold the company liable. Despite being severely injured, a victim may be expected to fight back against a massive, qualified, and intimidating legal team who refuses to accept liability. This is where a Louisville truck accident lawyer can help. You do not have to face intimidating legal teams alone. A Louisville truck accident lawyer may be able to represent you.
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If You Are Also at Fault
There are numerous ways to approach shared negligence or liability. Each state decides for themselves and applies that which they see the best fit. In Kentucky, if you are at fault for your accident, you can still collect partial compensation from the party, or parties, who share responsibility for it, under Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) § 411.182. This is called “comparative negligence”.
There are two types of comparative negligence: modified comparative negligence and pure comparative negligence. In jurisdictions that apply “modified comparative negligence,” parties who are at fault up to a certain percent (typically 49%) may collect compensation for their damages, while those who are 50% or more at fault cannot collect at all. A party who is 49% responsible may collect 51% of the compensation they are entitled to. Pure comparative negligence, on the other hand, allows a victim to collect compensation regardless of their amount of fault. This means that a victim who is 99% responsible for an accident can still collect 1% of the total damages they are due from the other responsible party.
Kentucky is a “pure comparative negligence” state. As long as you are not 100% at fault for your accident, you should be able to collect some amount of the compensation for which you are eligible.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today for Legal Assistance
A Louisville truck accident lawyer can help you determine whether you may be eligible to collect compensation for a truck accident in which you were injured. If you are, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to help you stand up to the liable truck driver or company. If you are eligible for damages, you deserve to receive them so that you can move on with your life.
You do not deserve to be bogged down by bills and debt from an accident that someone else caused. Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the party who harmed you. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us for a free consultation at (800) 630-9229. We want to hear about your case and help you get the justice you deserve.