Salt Lake City Underride Truck Accident Lawyer
Often fatal and nearly always serious, underrides can leave you and your family buried in debt and in need of a financial settlement from those responsible. Find out how to proceed with your claim by working with a Salt Lake City underride truck accident lawyer.
Underride truck accidents are traumatic, and being involved in one usually means suffering significant injuries. The impact of a wreck like this can be life-altering, and you deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through. To discuss your legal options and determine the best way to receive compensation, speak with a Salt Lake City underride truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates.
Who’s at Fault for an Underride?
It can be difficult to identify the at-fault party after being injured in an underride accident. Naturally, if the trucker moved his or her 18-wheeler over your vehicle, either the driver or the trucking company is likely to be financially liable. However, underride accidents are so traumatic that it can be difficult to remember exactly what happened, especially because these crash types have a high incidence of brain injuries.
We also need to analyze the relationship between the truck driver and the trucking company to find out if the driver is self-employed, an independent contractor, or an actual employee of the company. This will influence who we name in your personal injury claim, and it is critical to determine prior to filing.
In an underride semi-truck accident, more than one party could be to blame:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Third vehicle that initiated the accident, usually by rear-ending the middle vehicle
- Government entity responsible for road maintenance
It takes time to investigate an accident, and the longer we wait, the more likely it is that evidence will disappear. Therefore, it is within your best interests to hire an attorney as quickly as possible.
Steps for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you first visit our law firm, we will discuss your accident at length to determine if you have grounds for a case. Once decided, we will go to work gathering evidence and building a case to demonstrate the at-fault party’s negligence. Once the negligent parties have been identified, we will calculate the financial impact that your injuries have had on your life so that a demand letter can be created.
This is sent to the other party and their insurer, who can then respond by agreeing to pay the requested damages, negotiate, or refuse. If they refuse to take your claim seriously, proceeding to court might become necessary.
We may need to conduct depositions to ask the other party questions while they are under oath. This allows us to gather additional evidence to prove their negligence. We will also work with expert witnesses, such as your doctor, to determine the full extent of your injuries and the impact that they have had on your life.
If trial becomes your best course of action, we will handle all of the legal aspects of the case and speak on your behalf. You may need to provide testimony, but that’s all. At the end of the trial, the jury will determine your financial award.
Calculating Your Underride Compensation
The value of your underride injury claim is based on several factors, including the cost of your medical bills and any direct expenses incurred by the accident and your injuries.
You could also receive compensation for any of the following when they apply to your unique situation:
- Loss of quality of life
- Cost of in-home care
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Your Salt Lake City underride truck accident lawyer will work to get you as much money as possible, so let us know about all of your expenses and losses. Just be careful not to settle too quickly, since the other party is likely to make you a lowball offer initially.