If you’ve been involved in a construction truck accident, you know how devastating it can be to your health, your emotional well-being, and your finances. Morelli Law’s personal injury attorneys in Huntington know what you’re going through.
With our help, you’ll have an ally who will fight for compensation to pay for the care you need. Find out if our construction truck accident lawyers in Huntington can help you. Contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation to learn your legal options.
Driving Construction Trucks Isn’t Easy
Driving a construction truck isn’t like driving a car. They’re far bigger, longer, and heavier. The location of blind spots changes. Turning safely is a challenge, especially with heavier loads. On some turns, these vehicles could tip over.
It’s also a job with long hours. Fatigued driving is just as bad for reaction speed and judgment as drunk driving. Without rest and a clear mind, the chance of accidents rises. Even taking legal prescription medication can affect a heavy machine operator enough to cause a crash.
In 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recorded over 450,000 crashes involving large trucks. Mistakes happen all the time, and it’s usually the smaller cars and their occupants that bear the brunt of the damage.
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Getting Financial Help After Your Accident
If someone else’s negligence caused your construction truck accident, or if you were injured on the job, then you can pursue an insurance claim to get compensated for your injuries. However, before you file your claim, you need a list of all the ways you’ve been harmed. There may be more than you think, and this is where a lawyer’s help really comes in handy. You may receive:
- Repair or replacement costs for your vehicle
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Lost financial support, if you’ve lost a loved one
- Any other out-of-pocket cost related to your injury
You may also be entitled to receive non-economic damages. You cannot claim these under workers’ compensation, but some situations let workers claim both workers’ comp and file a third-party claim. These damages include things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of companionship or consortium
A visit with our Huntington construction truck accident lawyers can help you learn just how much your case is really worth. Don’t take the first offer they give you without speaking with a lawyer first.
How Will You Prove Liability in My Case?
To show that the other driver is the liable party, we must show the other driver did something dangerous and caused you to crash. This is only necessary if we need to file a lawsuit. Workers’ comp cases are no-fault cases, so you do not need to prove liability.
The way we show liability is through evidence. Our lawyers will investigate what happened and pull together documents like:
- Accident reports
- Drug tests
- Dash-cam videos
- Job site videos
- Medical records
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Employee reviews
- Eyewitness reports
Securing this evidence is important, but it can disappear if you wait too long to start your case. If we believe you have a case, our team can use legal means to prevent evidence from disappearing, such as keeping people from wiping footage from cameras.
The insurance companies will also perform an investigation. Their goal is to disprove your claims or reduce their severity. If you don’t have a lawyer, you may get approached by them to give a statement, which they will use against you. If you have a lawyer, you don’t have to talk. Morelli Law will do it for you.
Could Multiple Parties Hold Liability?
Yes. It depends on the factors of the case. In many cases, you can sue both the driver and their employer in a construction truck accident. Yet there are other parties that could owe you money. Our construction truck accident lawyers may investigate:
- The people and employer of anyone who loaded the truck
- The truck manufacturer or repair person if there was a mechanical failure
- The government if poor road conditions created a situation too dangerous for these vehicles. An example might be an unavoidable pothole.
Could My Compensation Get Limited?
There are no caps on construction truck accident cases, but you could lose money if you’re deemed partially responsible for the accident. New York’s laws are in favor of people collecting even if they’re mostly at fault, but you will lose money based on your percentage of fault.
For example, if you’re deemed 30% at fault on a $100,000 award, you will only receive $70,000 because of your contribution to the crash. This is another reason to hire a lawyer to help you. You can fight back against claims that you share responsibility.
As long as you’re not 100% responsible, you could still get some compensation if you crash in New York. Other states have different rules. If you believe you shared fault or an insurer tells you that you are, call us immediately. We may have a different opinion about your level of fault.
Can You Help Me With Workers Compensation?
If you’ve been hurt on the job, tell your employer you’ve been hurt immediately. This begins the workers’ compensation process. You must do this within 30 days of your accident or you will lose your right to workers’ comp.
After you’ve told your employer, our construction truck accident lawyers in Huntington can help you fill out your claim form. If your claim is rejected, we can also represent you in your hearing. We can also investigate if the driver of the vehicle didn’t work for your company. If so, you could be able to sue them and their employer as well.
Workers’ comp has limits on how much it will give you and what damages it will cover. It’s worth the time to speak with Morelli Law for free to see if you may also be eligible for a lawsuit.
Contact Morelli Law Now
Morelli Law is ready to help you deal with the financial hassles of a construction truck accident. The money you get from your claim will help you pay for medical care and improve the quality of your life. Get started with a free case consultation by calling our offices.
Our lawyers only get paid if you win your case, and charge no fee until you get paid. There is no financial risk to you, and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain, or more. We’ve helped our clients get over 1 billion in compensation. Call today and see how we can help you.