If you are fighting to overcome accident injuries and get back on solid financial footing after a cargo truck accident, our team may be able to help. A cargo truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can develop a case against the at-fault truck driver if the evidence exists to do so.
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Determining Cargo Truck Accident Liability
Navigating the claims process after a cargo truck collision is often complicated. These large vehicles can cause serious incidents when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles, especially at elevated speeds. Some are rental trucks, which can make the claims process more complex.
In general, cargo trucks are either rental box trucks that individuals use to move furniture, boxes, and other large items, or work trucks used to deliver cargo or move items needed to complete a job. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), about 38% of fatal large truck accidents in 2018 involved closed box-style cargo trucks. Cargo tanks, flatbeds, and dump trucks were other common types.
How your claim moves forward may differ depending on which type of truck caused your accident. When the vehicle is a work truck, your attorney can help you identify the laws and policies in play and determine who is responsible for your injuries and damages.
We can likely pursue a case against the driver and the driver’s employer—the company that owns the cargo truck—through vicarious liability, per the Legal Information Institute (LII). Holding a company vicariously liable requires showing:
- The driver was a company employee when the accident occurred.
- The driver was acting in their employment role and to the benefit of the company when the collision occurred.
Distasio Law Firm will review your case for free. If we believe we can help you seek damages, we will pay for the investigation and the claims process on your behalf. We handle these cases on a contingency-fee-basis. A member of our commercial vehicle accident team is available now to speak with you about your accident, injuries, prognosis, and other details.
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Distasio Law Firm Provides Clients with Empathetic Representation
When you trust a cargo truck accident lawyer from our firm with your accident case, you will experience our commitment to putting clients first. We want you to feel confident in the steps we will take to hold the at-fault driver or another liable party accountable based on the facts of your accident.
We believe professional drivers and their employers have a responsibility to drive carefully and protect those they share the roads with. To this end, we seek to hold employers who allow careless and reckless driving to continue responsible. We will investigate what led to your accident, assign liability, and take the necessary actions to pursue compensation for you.
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Recoverable Damages in a Cargo Truck Accident Case
When you are our client, a truck accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm will seek to identify, prove, and recover compensation for any damages you sustained due to your collision. These damages include both economic and non-economic losses.
We also pursue current and future losses for our clients if they expect to require additional medical care. Some recoverable damages you may have experienced include:
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible losses
- Any required treatment for your accident injuries and related medical or care costs
- Income replacement for time missed at work and reduced earning capacity, should you have any lasting limitations from the accident
- Personal property damage expenses, including your vehicle and other damaged personal items
- Additional expenses we identify during our investigation into your case
We also pursue wrongful death damages for those who qualify. If you lost a loved one in a tragic cargo truck accident, please accept our condolences. Our team wants to talk to you about your family’s rights today.
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Statute of Limitations Limit How Long You Can Wait to File
Each state has a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, such as traffic collision cases. Under this statute, you generally only have between one and four years to file a lawsuit based on negligence in court. A separate statute may apply for wrongful death cases.
These deadlines bar you from filing a civil suit and taking your case to court after the time limit. We must file the initial paperwork that names the liable party and outlines the circumstances of the collision with the court before this date arrives. Missing this deadline could effectively prevent you from recovering a fair payout.
In addition, there are steps that our team must take for our clients as soon as possible after a collision. This includes managing communication with the liable party and their representation, gathering evidence, and sending a spoliation letter to preserve the evidence in the hands of the cargo truck owner. Waiting to take these actions could weaken your case.
Speak with Distasio Law Firm Team About Your Cargo Truck Collision Today
If you suffered injuries because of a careless commercial driver or an individual renting a box truck, our team is here to help. A cargo truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may represent you in your personal injury claim. We will develop a case and seek financial recovery on your behalf if we believe we can help.