Earlier this month, a truck driver was killed after getting struck by another vehicle when he was on the side of the road. News reports have indicated that the individual’s truck caught on fire near Highway 80 and I-20 in Harrison County. The truck driver proceeded to get out of his truck and inspect the part that was on fire. When he was in the process of checking on the fire, another 18-wheeler struck the truck driver, and the man on the side of the road unfortunately died. Oddly, during the inspection and investigation of the truck, police found a significant amount of money in the truck. About $300,000 of it was not burned, and the origin of the money is currently being investigated to see if there is any connection to drug trafficking.
Settlements in Trucking Accidents
Many people are aware of the requirements needed to bring a personal injury lawsuit. The plaintiff must show negligence by establishing the standard duty of care owed, a breach of that duty, causation, and damages. However, this can be extremely time-consuming, costly, and emotionally and mentally exhausting. Although an attorney during this phase of a lawsuit is indispensable, he or she can also be very helpful in coming to a settlement negotiation.
Settlement negotiations are crucial to an efficient legal system and expedite claims brought by plaintiffs. Settlement negotiations often involve both attorneys and insurance companies coming to an agreement that will avoid the need for a lengthy and costly trial. At these negotiations, the parties will often agree to certain stipulated facts. Many times, this involves conceding that a party was driving over the limit or that someone was not paying attention as thoroughly as he or she could have been. The attorneys will often work out the cost of the damages that were incurred and come to an agreement regarding the amount that should be paid. These negotiations allow both parties to be able to move past the accident. However, in some circumstances, settlement negotiations do not work out as planned, and in those situations it is helpful to have an attorney who knows the intricacies of your case to be able to proceed to trial
Have You Been Injured in a Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the truck driver or trucking company that was responsible for your injuries. If your claim is successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your past medical bills, for your future medical expenses, and possibly for pain and suffering depending on the circumstances of your case. Truck accidents can often be more complex than regular car accidents. Not only are the damages more severe, but there are often several entities that are involved. This includes the truck driver, any third-party vehicles, insurance companies, and maybe even the trucking company. It is important to increase your chances of success that you contact a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney. The Fine Law Firm has many years of experience settling and litigating these types of accidents. Call 505-889-FINE to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Investigation Continues into Semi-Truck Crash that Killed Four Texas Student Athletes, New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, October 13, 2014.