The sickening crunch of bones breaking during a trucking accident is an event that anyone would prefer to forget, but not many people are able to. When you realize that your injuries were caused by the carelessness of the driver or by a defective truck component, you may oscillate between feelings of rage and helplessness. Justice demands a response.
The process of pursuing compensation typically works something like this:
Pursuing compensation for a serious injury is nothing like appearing in small claims court. You must prove every fact you assert and every dime of your damages with admissible evidence. Winning at the settlement table isn’t much easier, because the defendant won’t be motivated to negotiate at all unless you are prepared to win in court otherwise. At Malman Law, we’ve got your back, because we’ve been doing it for nearly a quarter of a century now. With us, you’re likely to avoid court and win at the settlement table, because defendants and insurance companies know about our courtroom reputation.
“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client
We handle the following types of truck accident claims, among others:
It all depends on whether the driver was an employee of the company at the time of the accident. The company cannot be sued for the driver’s negligence unless it actually employed the driver. Most commercial truckers are independent contractors, and independent contractors are not employees.
That is impossible to say without examining the details of your case. However, the broad categories of compensation include:
Wrongful death damages are available as an alternative if the victim died (but punitive damages will be unavailable).
Yes. Truckers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and by the state of Illinois. This could be helpful to your case. If you can prove that the driver violated a safety regulation, it may be a way for you to win your case. However, proving the violation of a safety regulation is not enough on its own. You must also prove causation, and you must prove that the regulatory violation added up to negligence.
Perhaps. A truck’s “18-wheeler “black box”” records:
This information can be demanded from the defendant and used as evidence in court to reconstruct the accident.
When you’re negotiating with a defendant or an insurance company, they are your true adversary – the more you win the more they lose. With us it’s the opposite – the more you win, the more we win. Since our fees are set as a proportion of your eventual compensation, we work for free unless you win compensation. That’s our Zero Fee Guarantee.
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim