The highway is filled with large, 18-wheeled trucks that barrel from state to state, often stacked to the brim with cargo. These delivery trucks can weigh almost eight times the amount of a regular commercial vehicle and require a driver with a special license and training to operate them. Drivers are given strict regulations to follow, which include limited driving hours. This is done as a precautionary measure to decrease the chances of an accident.
When a truck accident does occur, the results can be catastrophic. Car pile-ups are not an uncommon result of a truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident recently due to the negligence of the truck driver or another party, you are owed compensation for your damages. When facing the tricky world of personal injury, look no further than Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, who are proud to offer more than 45 years of experience and numerous outstanding successes. To speak to an actual Fall River truck accident attorney today about your specific case, use our contact form or call (617) 391-9001.
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Don’t tack on filing a claim to your to-do list while actively recovering from your injuries. When you have been directly impacted by another person’s negligence, the best choice you can make for yourself and your future is to partner with a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. While you rest and recover, our team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers will begin to work on the following:
Massachusetts currently has a three-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims. This means you have three years from the date of the truck accident to file your claim with the appropriate party’s insurance company. While you can technically file a claim without an attorney, we have found the likelihood of receiving a low settlement offer or even missing the deadline increases dramatically without professional representation.
Your Fall River truck accident lawyer will ensure your documentation adequately represents the full extent of your losses and that all of your paperwork is filed on time and with the correct party.
While you concentrate on getting better, our team will immediately begin an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident. This will primarily consist of the collection and assessment of any relevant evidence. For a truck accident, important data or information can include traffic camera footage, detailed medical records, police reports, eyewitness accounts, and even employee logs. Much of this evidence is time-sensitive and will require immediate attention to gather and hold up.
A truck accident can take a toll on your finances, physical health, and mental health. The settlement offer from the insurance company would ideally represent that, but it doesn’t always. In fact, after most accidents, insurance companies will try to get out an offer as soon as possible to brush the accident under the rug.
Your attorney is there to negotiate with the insurance company and use every resource available to get you a settlement worthy of your losses. This can include coverage for your medical bills, any scarring or disfigurement, long-lasting treatment requirements, the cost of prescription medications, pain, suffering, lost wages, and more. If the insurance company persists with low offers or even attempts to shift blame, our team is prepared to take your case to court, if need be.
Using the evidence gathered during the investigation, your Fall River truck accident lawyer will establish a liable party. Liability, or fault, can be demonstrated by using the four components of negligence, which include:
Massachusetts currently follows a modified comparative negligence law, which means negligence can be shared by one or more parties. For example, if you were also speeding, you may be found to share some of the blame. As long as you are deemed not to be more than 50% liable for the accident, you can still recover compensation.
Nobody should have to suffer because of another person’s recklessness. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help remedy your situation by providing dedicated and knowledgeable services to you and your family. Our firm possesses the skills to help even the most complex of personal injury claims and has helped our clients recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. Included in our team is Jessica M. Gray, co-chair of the New Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP is a highly successful personal injury law firm serving Massachusetts since 2011.
There are no fees or costs unless we win your case!