Truck Accident FAQ
Lafayette, Louisiana Truck Accident Attorney Kevin R. Duck
After getting hurt in a
truck accident, you are sure to have plenty of questions about what happened and what
should happen next. At Duck Law Firm, LLC, we care about our clients and
want to get them to a comfortable place while we take the fight to the
opposition. In order to help you find some answers to frequently asked
questions about truck accidents, we have compiled a brief list here. Of
course, if you want to get working on your case right away, you can request a
free initial review with our Lafayette personal injury lawyer by calling
(337) 660-2699 today.
How do I know who is at fault?
At first glance, you and the insurance adjusters probably will not know
who is entirely at fault. This is where proper investigative work from
a dedicated and experienced attorney comes in handy. There is always something
at the scene of the crash that points towards liability, and more often
than not, the truck driver is to blame.
Can an electronic on-board recorder help my case?
Many modern commercial trucks use electronic on-board recorders (EOBR)
to track important data regarding how the truck is being operated and
maintained. Some models can even act much like a blackbox on an airplane,
recording speed and location at the time of a collision. If an EOBR is
in the truck that hit you, the data within could be used to your advantage.
What are federal trucking regulations?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an arm of the
Department of Transportation that is dedicated to keeping large vehicles
safe for use on public roadways. Most of their regulations focus on commercial
trucks, how fast they may travel, what sort of cargo they can carry, and,
most importantly, how many hours a day or week a trucker can work before
they have to take a break. When hour regulations are ignored, truck drivers
get fatigued and may cause accidents.
Can I sue more than one party?
The truck that hit you is a sum of its total parts, or parties to be more
precise. The driver, the maintenance crew that services it, and the controlling
parent company are all responsible for the safety of other motorists.
Due to this collaborative effort, you may be able to pursue compensation
from multiple parties for one truck accident.
What type of evidence will help my case?
All witness testimonies and bits of evidence will be respected by the
court but it is no secret that everyone trusts the word of someone in
uniform. If you can get medical records or police statements regarding
your accident, make copies to give to your attorney to use as powerful
tools in your case.
What damages are covered in a truck accident claim?
What damages would you like to recover? Allow your personal injury lawyer
to review your damages and go from there. Typically, you should seek compensation
that helps pay for medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement, wages
lost while you heal, increased salaries you cannot earn due to lifelong
injuries, emotional trauma, and more. If the trucker committed a criminal
violation that led to your crash, you might even be able to pursue
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Not retaining a truck accident attorney for your truck accident case is
akin to not hiring an experienced safari guide for your walk through the
Amazon. Yes, you can attempt it, but no, you should not expect anything
good to come from your trek. The fact remains that trucking companies
are often backed by huge conglomerates with dedicated teams of attorneys
on call to take down your
personal injury claim. Fighting back with legal help of your own may be the best way to
win your case.
Will hiring a truck accident lawyer be expensive?
That depends on who you go to for help. Some attorneys charge flat fees
or high hourly rates that they collect no matter the outcome of your case.
At our Lafayette personal injury law firm, we are proud to offer
contingency fee agreements to our clients. Under these contracts, you do not have to pay for our
we only get paid if you win a settlement, and when we do get paid, it is only a percentage of that settlement –
nothing out of pocket!
Want to know more about Lafayette Truck Accident Attorney Kevin R. Duck?
Contact us today.