Seattle Truck Accident FAQ
After you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you’re likely struggling with a lot of questions, especially if you’ve decided to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. At Craig Swapp & Associates, we understand that you likely have many questions after an 18-wheeler accident, and we’re here to help.
If you’re struggling with your case, check out the answers to some of the questions we most commonly receive. We’re also more than happy to answer any questions you have if you give us a call.
Who is at fault for my accident?
You might assume it’s automatically going to be the truck driver, but truck crashes can be more complicated than that. Truckers drive for their job, so they’re at work when they’re on the road. That means it’s often their employers who must take responsibility. Trucking companies, truckers, vehicle manufacturers, and even government agencies could hold the blame.
Can I be held responsible for my part in the truck accident?
Yes. For example, let’s say you were eating your lunch behind the wheel when the 18-wheeler hit you. While you didn’t directly cause the accident, you weren’t paying enough attention to avoid it, so you may be given 15 percent of the responsibility. If this happens, you’ll only recover 85 percent of the compensation awarded to you.
How long do I have to file my claim?
For a truck accident claim, you’ll only have three years to file before your case will be dismissed. If you pass this time limit, you’ll be barred from recovering anything, so be sure to act quickly.
What damages will I be able to recover?
Truck accidents are often just as mentally traumatizing as they are physically traumatizing, but fortunately, you can be compensated for both. Most truck accident claims will include both your economic damages, which cover financial losses like property damage and medical expenses, and non-economic damages, which cover the mental trauma and pain you’ve endured.
Do I need a lawyer?
While a lawyer is not required, legal guidance can be an invaluable resource during your case. We’ll be able to contact the necessary parties, gather evidence, and investigate what you might have missed. And we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve after your Seattle truck accident.
Meet with a Seattle Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’re struggling with the questions and troubles that come after a semi-truck accident, you need answers now. Fortunately, a Seattle truck accident lawyer can help. We’ll start by answering every question you have, and we’ll finish by winning the compensation you deserve.