The moments after a truck accident can be scary and overwhelming. Whether you’re facing injuries or wondering how you’ll pay for the repairs on your vehicle, the aftermath of an accident is often stressful and prolonged. If you’ve gotten into an accident with a big truck and filed a claim, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the process of seeking compensation for your losses.
At Niblock Law Firm, we believe you should receive any and all compensation you’re owed after being injured in an accident. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect if you’ve filed a lawsuit after your truck accident including mediation and the possibility of going to court.
How Will My Claim Be Handled?
It’s important to keep in mind that every injury case is different, which is why it can be difficult to tell you exactly how your case will be handled. However, these are some steps that may be taken to review your case:
A Detailed Investigation
After a truck accident, if you’ve filed a lawsuit, there will be a detailed investigation to gather details that can help clarify exactly what happened. This evidence is a key component when you file a lawsuit as it helps determine which party (or parties) is at fault.
It’s important to work with an experienced attorney after an accident. Having a lawyer on your side to help guide you through your case can help increase your chances of receiving maximum compensation. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, they can get to work gathering evidence right away.
The Discovery Process
Once your lawsuit has officially been filed, the discovery process can begin. During the discovery phase, your attorney will send a request for information that will help build a solid case. This information can include witness statements, depositions, a request for production (RFP), or a request for certain documents from the trucking company, and interrogatories.
Often, both parties reach an agreement during mediation. This is when each party’s attorney will come together and go through negotiations with a third party present.
Reaching a settlement agreement during mediation is ideal because it allows the parties to meet in the middle without having to undergo a full-fledged trial. In the event each side cannot agree on a reasonable settlement amount, however, the case will then go to trial.
Going To Trial
In the unlikely event of your truck accident case going to trial, it will be left up to a jury to make a final decision about the case and determine if compensation should be awarded to you, the injured party.
If your case goes to court, you can rest assured that your attorney is putting together the strongest case possible on your behalf. Once you go through each step of the trial, the jury will make a decision. If the verdict is in your favor, you will be awarded compensation.
What Can Compensation Include?
Compensation is the money awarded to the party who was injured or who lost a loved one due to someone else’s careless actions. Accidents that involve tractor-trailers can often result in more severe injuries than a typical car accident due to the large size and weight of the vehicles.
Compensation can cover lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. The amount awarded is determined by various factors including, but not limited to, the extent of your injuries and how long it will take to recover from your injuries. In some cases, the injured party may sustain permanent damage, which can significantly increase their compensation amount.
How Long Does It Take To Resolve An Accident Case?
Since every case is unique and has its own set of challenges, we’re unable to predict exactly how long it will take for your case to settle because it will depend on the circumstances of your specific situation.
If your case goes to trial, it could add additional time to receive compensation. Whether your case settles or goes to court, you can be sure our team will work relentlessly to make sure you receive a fair settlement or verdict for the injuries and damages you suffered.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
We know how devastating a big truck accident can be for you and your family. When you work with our team, you can trust we’re on your side and have your best interest in mind.
We know that navigating a truck accident case can be overwhelming, but we have the knowledge and experience you need to take the burden off your shoulders and fight for the compensation you deserve. Get started on your free case review today by giving us a call at (479) 521- 5510 or filling out the online form.