What to Expect in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
No one ever expects to be in a truck accident, but when it does occur, you are often left feeling overwhelmed and confused. Chances are, you are likely dealing with significant injuries and time away from work. You might even be dealing with your insurance company, waiting for reimbursement as your bills continue to add up. Truck accidents tend to differ from other types of accidents and it is important to understand what to expect during a lawsuit.
Your First Legal Consultation
One of the first steps to take when filing a truck accident lawsuit is to discuss the details of your case with an experienced lawyer. Most lawyers will begin their client relationship with a consultation. During this consultation, you can expect the following:
- To share your story with your lawyer
- To learn more about your legal rights
- To hear the expert consultation of your lawyer
- To understand next steps
- Payment expectations
Whether or not you and your lawyer decide to pursue legal action will depend on the details of your case. If you determine that you have a case and it makes sense to file a lawsuit, then you can expect to begin building your case with your legal team.
Building Your Truck Accident Case
Once you and your lawyer have agreed to work together, you will begin building your truck accident lawsuit case together. The following documents are often important following a truck accident:
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Invoices of damages
- Expert witness reports
- Your testimonial
- Maintenance reports
Your lawyer will help you collect these documents so you can focus on your recovery. It is also possible that the truck’s legal company will attempt to collect these items to place some of the fault on you.
Determining a Value for Your Case
Another important step is to determine a value for your case. This is the amount of damages, plus any pain and suffering or other non-economic costs added to your case. This might include recoverable costs like:
- Medical fees
- Insurance copays
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Property damages
- Temporary transportation
- Temporary childcare
- Pain and suffering
It is important to come up with a value. This value can help you determine if a settlement offer is appropriate or if it makes sense financially to go to court. In some cases, especially ones in which the fault of the accident is shared, the potential payout might not be worth the legal fees.
It is important to note that New Jersey does limit truck accident lawsuits. We have just two years from the date of the accident to file a case. Failing to do so can cause the court to throw out the case. For this reason, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Building a case takes time and without the right documents to support the lawsuit, your chances of winning are less.
Fortunately, when you work with a good legal team, you can focus on your recovery while you leave the legal lawsuit process to the team that you trust.
Contact a Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Truck Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a truck accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Brown Law represent clients injured because of a truck accident in Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, Galloway Township, Hamilton, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 344-8270 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08041.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.