Semi-truck accidents rarely leave smaller vehicles and their occupants unscathed. These massive vehicles cause severe injuries and fatal wrecks every day. Negligent truckers cause many of these wrecks, as well as employers who desire profits over safety.
If you’ve been a victim of such an accident, call Morelli Law’a Belleville semi-truck accident lawyers. Our Belleville personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation and can tell you if you have a case.
Differences Between Semi-Truck and Car Accident Cases
There are two big differences between a semi-truck accident and a standard car accident. The first is the number of parties you could sue. In car accidents, the only people you could sue are the other drivers barring rare circumstances.
In a semi-truck accident, you can also sue the employer of the trucker, the company that loaded the truck, and possibly several other parties depending on your circumstances. This means more opportunities for compensation because there are multiple insurance policies.
The second big difference is that truckers and their employers must carry insurance policies much higher than the Illinois minimum. This means that there’s less worry about reaching the policy limits and a greater chance you’ll receive the full value of your case.
Why Do Truckers Cause Accidents?
Truckers must get additional certifications and training before they’re allowed to drive a semi-truck on public roads. This should make them safer, but like any driver, a trucker could decide to act negligently and create a dangerous situation for others.
Truckers also have an incentive to get their cargo to its destination as fast as possible. They may skip sleep or use drugs to keep awake during long hauls. They may also get pressured by their employer to ignore regulations about how much a trucker can drive at a time. If our semi-truck accident lawyers in Belleville can prove they broke regulations, you’ll have a strong case.
Speeding is especially dangerous for truckers. You’ll have an easier time proving the trucker was negligent if the police say they were speeding when they hit you. Trucks also carry black box recorders that track speed; we can subpoena that data for your case.
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How Much Could My Case Be Worth?
The value of every case is unique. We cannot give an exact value of your economic damages until we can hear your story and gather evidence about what happened. We also have to negotiate the value of non-economic damages with the insurer.
We can say that many semi-truck accidents are worth more money than auto accidents because there are more parties to sue, and you’re more likely to be injured severely. You can get compensation for things like:
- Medical bills related to the accident
- Medication, physical therapy, assistive devices
- Lost wages and lost future earning potential
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages, in the case of fatalities
Tell Morelli Law your story and find out if we can help you. If we believe we can, our team will investigate what happened to you and calculate the true value of your claim. If you have already received a settlement offer from an insurer, do not accept it before speaking with a lawyer.
How Long Will My Belleville Semi-Truck Accident Case Take?
Cases can take a while to complete, and winning your semi-truck accident case could take longer. That’s because they are more complex since they may have more parties. The longest cases go all the way to trial, but only a small handful of cases make it that far.
If your case has sound evidence, convincing the insurers that you have a valid claim will likely be easier. From there, we will negotiate with them to find a fair settlement. The choice of accepting a settlement is yours. Once you accept, your case is complete.
Morelli Law knows that waiting for your case to finish can put a lot of financial strain on you. We have the resources you need to weather through the waiting period. Ask us how we could help you cover your costs if your case takes too long to settle.
Is Working With Morelli Law Expensive?
Our semi-truck accident lawyers in Belleville charge a fee at the end of your case. Before you win, you will owe our firm nothing for our services. If you get nothing after your case is done, then there is no fee. We only get paid if we succeed.
We get paid a percentage of how much you get if you’re successful. During your consultation, we will discuss with you what that percentage is. It can vary depending on how your case goes. In general, the weaker or longer your case will take to complete, the more it will cost.
Since we use a percentage, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll owe us at the end. If we help you get more than you expected, our fee will be higher. If we’re not as successful, you’ll pay less. But it will always be proportionate to what we agreed to during your consultation.
What Else Should I Know?
You should contact Morelli Law as soon as you can after your accident, even if you’re still in the hospital. There are many advantages to starting your case early:
- Your lawyer gets more time to work on your case before they’re forced to file a lawsuit.
- We will have a better shot of preserving precious evidence that could disappear if you wait too long.
- You’ll get protection from the insurers immediately. Just tell them you have counsel and send them to us.
- You’ll get paid a fair amount faster.
- You can stop worrying about how you’ll pay for your care and focus on your recovery.
As long as you can hold a conversation or have someone speak on your behalf, you can contact our firm for a free case evaluation. We know that semi-truck accidents can take a long time to heal. We can come to you for your consultation if you cannot come to us.
Take the Next Step Toward Compensation
If you’re ready to move forward after your semi-truck accident case, it’s time to reach out to our Belleville semi-truck accident lawyers. One call to us will start the process. Schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation by contacting Morelli Law.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you. Put our decades of personal injury experience to work for you. Call now.