If you suffered injuries in a Woodbridge truck accident, you might be entitled to compensation. But getting it is not always easy. Not to mention, you probably have a million other things to deal with. Truck accidents are usually severe, and can result in debilitating injuries. And dealing with the insurance company is rarely stress-free. One way they keep profits strong is by paying as little as possible, often using shady tactics to take advantage of accident victims.
Attorney Jim Parrish knows this because he used to represent insurance companies. Now he uses this knowledge from the inside to represent truck accident victims. To schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Woodbridge, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today: 571-229-1800.
Who might be liable for my truck accident?
Truck accidents differ from other motor vehicle accidents in a few important ways. One of the biggest differences is who might be liable for your damages. We can potentially seek compensation from:
The Truck Driver
Drivers of semi-trucks have a strict duty of care they must uphold on the road. If we can show they breached their duty of care, we can build a case against them. This might include the following behaviors:
- Reckless driving
- Driving while distracted
- Disregarding a traffic control device
- Following too closely
- Violating any traffic law
Also, strict laws govern how many hours truckers can drive and how long they must rest. They must record their driving hours — as well as other information, such as truck maintenance — in their log books. We can subpoena the driver’s log book in search of evidence. If it reveals they violated the law, or if it is incomplete, this can help our case.
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies are vicariously liable for their drivers’ actions. Thus, if we can show the driver was negligent, we can also go after the driver’s employer. Trucking companies usually have more financial resources than individual drivers. This means you are more likely to recover the compensation you need.
However, it likely also means you will be facing a large company with experienced insurers. But remember, Jim Parrish has experience on the other side of the table (working for insurers) and is not afraid to step up and fight for what you deserve.
The Shipping Company
In certain situations, we can also pursue the company in charge of shipping the freight. This is also likely to be a big company with the ability to pay a large settlement.
If a defective truck part contributed to the accident, we can seek damages from its manufacturer. Similarly, we can pursue compensation if a faulty part on your own vehicle, such as a damaged seat belt or airbag, caused your injuries to be worse than they otherwise would have been.
What types of damages can I recover for my Woodbridge truck accident?
Our team pursues every type of compensation to which you are entitled. This might include:
Medical bills: We seek compensation for both current and future medical bills. Sometimes, injuries from truck accidents require a lifetime of care. If so, we calculate expected costs and pursue the at-fault party for the full amount. This includes the cost of doctor visits, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, and more.
Lost wages: Recovering from truck accident injuries often requires you to miss work. If your injuries are severe, they can reduce your ability to return to work and earn money. We seek compensation for all money you are not able to earn because of your truck accident injuries.
Property damage: We pursue damages for the cost of vehicle repair or replacement. Also, if you had valuable property inside your vehicle that suffered damage, we seek payment for it, as well.
“Pain and suffering” and inconvenience: You deserve compensation for the pain and suffering and inconvenience your accident has caused. It is impossible to put a dollar amount on what you have been through. That is why you need a skilled and aggressive lawyer, someone like Jim Parrish, to fight for the maximum benefits.
Punitive damages: We seek punitive damages on top of all other compensation in certain cases. Typically, we can pursue these damages if the responsible party was not only negligent, but acting maliciously or with reckless disregard for your safety (e.g., driving under the influence of alcohol or other dangerous drugs).
Woodbridge Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me 571-229-1800
Injured in a truck accident? Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today.
The team at The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC understands what you are going through as a truck accident victim. We want to take as much off your shoulders as possible so you can focus on recovery. We handle everything from beginning to end and pursue your case aggressively. We care about our clients and always fight for the max compensation.
In fact, our success in truck accident cases and commitment to customer service have led to the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC receiving the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO and the Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
If you are ready to get started, come in for a free consultation to discuss your case. Call today to schedule an appointment: 571-229-1800.