When big rigs and passenger vehicles collide, the passenger vehicle occupants are more likely to get injured or killed than truck occupants. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2018:
- 4,136 people were fatally injured in large truck collisions
- 67 percent of large truck accident fatalities were smaller vehicle occupants
- 15 percent of large truck accident fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists
If you or someone you love was injured, you might have the basis of an insurance claim or lawsuit for financial recovery. With legal assistance, you may be able to prove fault, assign liability, and collect compensation.
A White Plains big rig accident lawyer may determine your eligibility for financial compensation. You do not have to fight for compensation on your own. Call (212) 751-9800 to reach a member of the client intake team at Morelli Law Firm today.
We Can Help You Determine Who May Be Held Liable for Your Case
If you or someone you love was injured in a collision with another passenger car, you might pursue compensation from the other vehicle owner or driver. However, in a big rig collision, knowing who to pursue compensation from can be more complex.
You might be able to file a claim against:
- The at-fault big rig driver if their behavior led to the accident
- The driver’s employer if they were working at the time of the accident
- The big rig’s manufacturer if a defect or flaw caused the collision
A Morelli Law Firm team member may be able to help you determine who might be the liable party or parties. Your lawyer may also help you prove the cause of the big rig accident and assign a monetary value to your compensation claim.
Valuing Your Expenses and Losses
Our personal injury team can guide you on assessing and calculating your recoverable damages, which you may be entitled to collect after getting into a big rig accident in White Plains.
Your economic (fixed cost) and non-economic (intangible) recoverable damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of income
- Property repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Physical disability or disfigurement
Our team can help you tally these costs and arrive at a monetary value. Your lawyer might use this monetary amount as a goal when negotiating a settlement for you. However, you will always have the final say in accepting or rejecting a settlement offer.
If you agree to a settlement amount, your case will be permanently resolved, and you cannot ask for additional compensation later on. That makes getting the value of your claim right a critical component of the litigation process. Our team will work hard to ensure your potential compensation claim is accurately valued and that you receive the best possible financial outcome.
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Determining What Caused the Big Rig Accident
To receive financial compensation for your injuries and other losses, you will need to prove the cause of the accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that the following driver behaviors and actions may contribute to large truck accidents:
- Drug use or abuse
- Distracted driving
- Driver inattention
Besides driver error, vehicle factors, such as tire issues, may also cause big rig accidents. Your lawyer may use your crash report, medical records, and witness statements to prove the cause of the big rig accident that led to your injuries.
Personal Injury Lawsuits Must Be Filed Before the Statutory Deadline
New York law limits the time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In general, plaintiffs have three years since the accident occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214.
If you do not file your lawsuit on time, you might not be allowed to file it at all. If you do file after the allotted time has passed, your case may be dismissed without ever being heard, and the at-fault party may not be compelled to compensate you for your financial expenses and losses.
You do not have to juggle recovering from your injuries, filing your claim, and meeting the statutory deadline on your own. Contact the personal injury team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800 today. A White Plains big rig accident lawyer can represent and help you file your lawsuit before the deadline.
We May Ask for Additional Evidence to Build Your Case
Your case file is an important part of your compensation claim. Your legal team may help you collect documents and evidence to help bolster and support your claims. Your lawyer may request the following forms of evidence:
- Medical records and bills
- Direct deposit receipts
- Official crash report
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of your car
- Statements from witnesses
Our team may assist you if you need help acquiring any of the items we request. We may even be able to obtain some of these items on your behalf.
Contact a Personal Injury Team Member Today
If you were injured in a collision with a big rig, you might be entitled to receive compensation via a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. A White Plains big rig accident lawyer can help you determine your possible eligibility for financial compensation.
Contact our team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800 today and learn about your legal options today. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless our team wins compensation for your damages.