Fairfax, Virginia, Truck Accident Frequently Asked Questions
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What should I do after being hit by a delivery truck?
When you’ve been injured in an accident with a delivery truck, obtaining a fair settlement requires different evidence and sometimes more aggressive litigation than if you were in a crash with a car. Drivers in accidents with commercial vehicles often suffer very serious injuries, and the insurance companies for the defendants are likely to lose a lot of money in a personal injury case. Thus, they will fight hard to save money.
What to Do After You’re Injured by a Delivery Truck
If you’re not seriously injured, there are important steps to take following a truck accident. After calling 911, you should:
- Take pictures and/or videos. If you can, photograph the accident, the cars involved and their damage, and the street area where the crash occurred. These pictures can provide significant evidence for your personal injury case. Also, take pictures of your injuries and any other evidence that could help prove the truck driver was at fault.
- Gather contact information. It’s important to collect contact information from the people involved in the crash, as well as from any bystanders and eyewitnesses. This includes names, addresses, and insurance information. If eyewitnesses are willing to be recorded, take a phone video of their conversation with you.
- Restrict your information. Don’t admit blame to the police or any insurance company adjusters who may be sent to the scene. Don’t give a recorded statement to anyone, and don’t talk about your injuries. For example, if you make a general comment such as “I’m okay,” it could harm your case later. And your assessment may simply not be true. You could have serious injuries that have not presented yet.
- Contact an experienced, skilled truck accident attorney. Truck accident cases are often very complex and involve many potential liable parties. It’s important to have a skilled truck accident attorney on your side to give you the best chance of obtaining fair compensation.
Contact Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC
If you were injured in an accident with a delivery truck, a personal injury case can be complex and require a great deal of evidence. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you could be disabled and out of work for a significant period of time. The attorneys at Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi can help.
Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will work to help you negotiate a fair truck crash settlement. Because we work on a contingency basis, you pay nothing up-front. We only get paid when you get paid.
What kind of damages can I recover if I’m hurt in a Virginia truck accident?
Before you can recover any damages in a settlement or in court, you have to do two things. First, you must prove that the defendant is legally responsible for the truck accident injuries you’ve suffered. Second, you must prove the value of the damages you’ve already incurred and those you may incur in the future.
Damages That Should be Included in Your Recovery
When you file a personal injury claim after a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for all of the following damages related to your injury:
- Medical expenses. These include surgeries, hospitalizations, doctor appointments, medical tests, medications, and rehabilitation therapies.
- Lost income. Any income you cannot earn because of your injuries should be part of your recovery. This includes partial or total loss of income, bonuses, and other compensation received from an employer or income from self-employment.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any expenses you incur as a direct result of the truck wreck may be compensated.
- Pain and suffering. You should be compensated for your physical pain and emotional suffering. Mental anguish, scarring, physical disfigurements, and disabilities will be considered.
Additionally, you may be able to recover compensation for your property damage and for anything else you can prove that you lost as a direct result of your truck accident. In limited circumstances, punitive damages are also possible.
How to Protect Your Fair Recovery
If you’ve suffered injuries due to a truck driver’s negligence, you have the right to recover damages, and you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.
Our lawyers know how to investigate your case, gather evidence, and argue for a fair recovery. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your financial future. Contact us our Fairfax, Virginia experienced personal injury attorneys for a confidential consultation about your rights and potential recovery.