When you’re in a truck accident, you will need to create a strong claim for compensation. Truck accident cases can be more complicated than a normal car accident case. This is why it’s important to hire a law firm that has years of experience and a track record of success. We take the fight to truckers and trucking firms when their negligence has caused a truck accident. We have the resources to confront the at-fault trucker, the trucking company (or “carrier”), and their insurance company. We act aggressively to make things right for you. Our lawyers focus on complex and highly defended cases. Our truck accident lawyers are committed to pursuing justice and getting compensation for our clients.
If you were injured in a truck accident then you need to be confident that your case is being handled by experienced lawyers. Don’t wait if you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a truck crash. Contact Parnall Law today to protect your rights.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer With Experience?
Because these cases are complicated, it is important to hire a lawyer who specializes in auto accident litigation. A lawyer who is not experienced in truck accident cases can cost you millions in a settlement.
Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer Bert Parnall
How our Truck Accident Lawyers can help you.
An attorney that specializes in traffic collisions can help you determine if you’re entitled to pain and suffering compensation or other economic damages. Similarly, they can help ensure that you receive all of the medical benefits and lost wages payments you’re entitled to
We investigate the accident scene, take photos of physical evidence, and conduct a thorough investigation to confirm the cause of the accident.
We have established long-standing relationships with investigators and experts in the commercial trucking industry. These are expert witnesses that can help us plan a winning strategy by reviewing the facts of your case. We will also include other experts such as engineers, economists, and caregivers.
There are three types of compensation that our team will attempt to gain in a truck accident lawsuit.
Economic damages are the out of pocket expenses such as
- Current and past medical bills
- Physical therapy
- At-home nursing care
- Modifications to your residence due to the accident
- Damage to your property
- Lost wages
Non-economic damages are a little more difficult to calculate. These damages are intangible items that might not be easily assigned a dollar amount.
- Potential lost earning
- Pain and suffering
- Grief and emotional counseling
- Punitive Damages
Besides the economic and non-economic compensation, in some cases, you could receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded by the courts as a punishment for a negligent driver or the trucking company.
Because each of the driving mistakes outlined above is avoidable, they represent negligence by professional truck drivers. Documenting evidence of this negligence is central to building a trucking accident case.
We begin to gather evidence from the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved as soon as possible. We also move to ensure that evidence is preserved, and not “lost” or destroyed by obtaining a court order against the trucking company..
Records we may seek include the driver’s Hours of Service logs, cargo manifests, and truck maintenance records. In some cases, the failure of the truck or truck components (tires, brakes, steering, etc.) may have caused a crash. Maintenance records may show that the carrier was putting off needed repairs and allowing an unsafe truck onto the road.
Very important to semi-trailer truck accident investigations is obtaining access to the truck’s electronic data recorder (EDR). This device yields a variety of data about the operations of the truck prior to a crash. A download from a truck’s EDR provides a record of:
- Date and time of the crash
- Vehicle speed
- Engine speed
- Brake status
- Clutch status
- Throttle (gas pedal) position
- Cruise control status
- Steering angle
- And other data
Depending on the age and model of the semi-trailer truck involved in the crash information may also be available from:
- Data recorders connected to anti-lock brakes with stability control capability
- Collision mitigation systems (forward crash warning and lane departure warning)
- On-board video recordings
- GPS-based fleet monitoring systems
In addition to interviewing the people involved with the crash, we may also seek evidence from:
- Cellphone records.
- Credit card records and/or receipts.
- Weather and traffic reports.
- Recall notices for the truck. If identified problems were not repaired and can be shown to have contributed to the truck’s failure and crash, the semi truck owner could be held responsible.
What is the Cost of Hiring a Semi-Trailer Truck Accident Lawyer?
We charge accident victims on a contingent basis. This means that the lawyer is only paid if you win money damages. This allows anyone to get the best legal representation.
Past Results for Truck Wreck Victims
We know how to fight negligent truckers, carriers, and their insurance companies. We have done it successfully and can do it for you and your family.
- $2.5 million for the wrongful death of a motorcyclist hit by a pickup truck driver
- $600,000 for a worker hit by a construction truck
- $199,999 for a client rear-ended by a delivery truck
- $155,000 for a client who required rotator-cuff surgery after being hit by a truck
Common Reasons Truck Accidents Occur
Knowing why truck accidents occur is an important factor to understand even if you have already been in an accident. In many truck accident case investigations, we find violations of FMCSA which make it easier to prove the trucker’s liability. Some of the most common violations include:
- Distracted Driving
- Too Fast for Conditions:
- Unfamiliar Roadway
- Inadequate Surveillance
- Inadequate Evasive Action
- Following Too Closely
In most cases, the cause of a truck accident is quickly found, and an appropriate settlement can be negotiated. We do not run up expenses by going beyond what’s necessary to prove a case and secure the best outcome for our clients. However, we know where to look for evidence and are diligent with investigations, which enables us to negotiate from a position of strength.
It is best to start work on a truck accident case as soon as possible. Truckers and trucking companies know where to find evidence of negligence after a truck crash, too.
Choosing The Right Lawyer
So, how do you choose the right truck accident lawyer to represent you? There are thousands of lawyers and many of them handle truck accident claims. When choosing a lawyer, there are a few factors to consider, and it is important that you take your time and make an informed decision.
Truck Accident Experience
You should choose a lawyer with experience in handling truck accident cases. There are many areas of law that you might not be aware of, and most lawyers, even personal injury lawyers, have never dealt with truck accident cases. When you need to recover compensation, you need a lawyer with a significant amount of relevant experience on your side.
Settlement and Negotiations
Having experience is one thing. Getting results that make a difference is another. You should choose a lawyer with a track record of success in truck accident settlement negotiations and trials when choosing a lawyer for your truck accident case.
When researching law firms online, it is a good idea to look at their testimonials. If clients consistently complain about not being able to get in touch or not receiving the compensation they were expecting, this is not a good sign.
Call A Truck Accident Attorney in Albuquerque at Parnall Law
New Mexico residents who are injured or lose a loved one in a semi-trailer truck accident, face medical bills, lost income, and other costs and losses, including pain and suffering and, in many cases, an uncertain future.
Attorney Bert Parnall understands what you are going through and has dedicated his legal career to obtaining justice for accident victims like you. When someone else has caused you harm, you have every right to want your life to be set right again. Parnall Law will help you hold accountable those who have wrongly injured you.
Bert Parnall and his Parnall Law team in Albuquerque offer you an experienced personal injury attorney in New Mexico. Our objective is to secure the maximum compensation available for your losses and, with it, acknowledge the injustice you have suffered.
Contact Parnall Law in Albuquerque today to arrange a free legal consultation. Our compassionate and determined team of legal advocates can pursue your truck accident claim while you concentrate on your recovery. Let us make sure things are made right after this unwarranted intrusion into your life.