If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck in Utah, you may feel like you are outmatched and underrepresented. Shipping by semi-truck is a multi-billion dollar industry. As a policy, these companies have excellent insurance and legal representation. However, if you have suffered injury or damages to no fault of your own, you can and should seek legal counsel and have your interests protected.
Here are a few common questions and concerns people just like you often have after a semi-truck involved automotive collision.
Who Can Sue After a Semi-Truck Accident?
Injured victims of any automobile accident in Salt Lake City or Davis county, and sometimes the spouses of injured victims, may sue after a semi-truck accident. Family trustees may bring a claim against the truck driver and/or the trucking company in a wrongful death suit.
Who Can Be Sued After a Semi-Truck Accident?
Anyone who is involved and may be deemed to be fully or partially at fault may be sued in a semi-truck accident. This includes the driver or owner of the truck, the owner of the trailer, or the trucking company. In some cases, the organization responsible for loading the truck may be at fault and may be liable for damages.
How Essential is Case Investigation in a Semi-Truck Accident Case?
An investigation is critical in all contested auto accident liability cases. But as you can see from the number of people who may be at fault in a semi-truck related accident, there is much more to be investigated. Road conditions and anyone who may be responsible for those conditions may also be in question. Who is responsible for any possible malfunction with the semi-truck may need to be investigated. The condition and actions of the driver may also require investigation.
In all of these examples, evidence can deteriorate rapidly. That means prompt and thorough investigation by an auto accident legal expert is essential.
Do I Need Expert Witnesses in My Semi-Truck Accident Case?
Any contested legal action can be settled more quickly and satisfactorily with the aid of expert witnesses. In the case of a trucking accident, that is no less true. There are many technical factors regarding large trucks, the capabilities of semi-truck drivers, and conditions that can trigger an accident that an expert witness can best describe and explain to a judge or legal representative.
If I Am Partially at Fault, Can I Still Win Damages?
The degree to which you are at fault will have a bearing on the strength of your case. According to the legal doctrine known as “comparative negligence,” your negligence (if any) will be compared to that of the other driver. This is a complex topic, and your legal representative will be essential in helping you sort it out fully.
Can I Be Awarded Compensation for Time Missed From Work?
Yes. If your negligence is determined to be less than that of the other driver/s, you can be compensated for income you have lost due to your injury or damages. Please contact us now to talk to one of our Utah truck accident attorneys. We are standing by to answer your call.