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Accidents involving semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, can be catastrophic. In the worst cases, they’re fatal.
If you’ve been in a truck crash, you might be wondering how much your claim could be worth. How is compensation determined? And how can you be sure an offer is fair? Below, our attorneys discuss average truck accident settlements in NY and NJ.
A semi-truck accident is any road accident involving an 18-wheeler. It could involve other motor vehicles or be a single-vehicle crash. Common types of semi-truck accidents include sideswipes, jackknifing, rollovers, and head-on collisions
Semi-truck crashes happen for various reasons. However, common reasons for 18-wheeler crashes are:
Sometimes, the truck driver causes the crash. On other occasions, the crash may be due to a truck malfunction e.g. engine failure. The trucking company may also be responsible, if they fail to maintain the trucks or force drivers to work fatigued.
Truck accident victims may sustain severe injuries. This is due to the size, scale, and weight of semi-trucks or 18-wheelers. Common injuries include:
Truck crashes may cause life-changing injuries such as paralysis or limb loss. And if you lose a loved one in a truck crash, our wrongful death attorneys can help.
There are two ways to pursue compensation after a truck crash:
Most semi-truck settlements begin by filing an insurance claim. You should file an accident report within 10 days of the crash, and file your insurance claim within 30 days of the accident.
If you’re injured, and your coverage is not enough to cover your losses, you may have a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims compensate you for losses including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You only have three years from the accident date to make a personal injury claim. The sooner you file, the easier it is to preserve – and use – critical evidence. Contact our semi-truck accident lawyers today for assistance.
Many important factors go into determining a settlement for a crash. This means that there’s no “average” semi-truck accident settlement.
Settlements can go up to six or even seven figures for the most severe and catastrophic crashes. However, most truck crashes fall below this threshold. An experienced attorney can estimate how much your case may be worth, depending on what happened.
Our attorneys have secured various settlement offers for truck crash victims in NY. Here are some examples of past case results for our clients:
As you can see, settlement amounts vary widely. Your claim may be worth less or more, depending on the facts. For example, minor injuries with no long-term impact may attract significantly less damage than a life-changing injury.
It all depends on various factors, such as:
Simple claims may take a few months, while complex claims can take a year or more to resolve.
Sometimes, accidents simply happen. It’s not always possible to make a personal injury claim after a truck crash. However, you may have a case if you can prove four things.
It’s not always easy to prove truck accident claims. And insurance companies will do everything they can to pay out as little as possible. However, as experienced attorneys, it’s our job to help you pursue justice. We will fight to secure the maximum amount of damages possible.
It all depends on the facts of the case, the evidence, and the long-term impact on your life. What’s crucial, though, is that you don’t accept an offer without seeking legal advice. Otherwise, you could lose your right to claim – and settle for less than you deserve.
Remember, even if you don’t have a civil claim, an attorney can help you pursue a fair settlement. So, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your position.
Are you a truck accident victim? Call RF Injury Law. Although we can’t truly understand what you’re going through, our experienced attorneys can help you seek justice. We know what it takes to make a successful claim and get accident victims the damages they deserve.
Contact us for a free initial consultation. We’ll explain if you have a case and, if so, how to move forward.
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