A cargo truck accident lawyer serving Reynoldsburg could help you go after compensation if you got hurt in a cargo truck accident. The streets and highways of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, have many cargo trucks delivering locally and long-distance. These vehicles have both the weight of the trucks themselves and the cargo they haul. This combined weight can lead to devastating outcomes when a cargo truck gets into a collision.
At Bressman Law, we are happy to offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. You can call us today at (614) 538-1116 to get started.
Three Things to Do After a Reynoldsburg Cargo Truck Accident
If you feel injured and have not yet received medical care, that is the first step you should take. Some additional steps you might want to consider taking to protect your right to fair compensation for your losses include the following steps.
Complete Your Medical Care
Your best chance for optimal healing is to follow and complete the prescribed treatment plan. Of course, if you have a significant reason to deviate from the planned care—like an allergic reaction to a prescription drug—you should immediately contact your doctor. Usually, a doctor can prescribe a substitution.
If you do not complete all of your medical treatment, the defendant can argue that you should get less money for your claim because you would have healed better with all the treatment. The defendant could refuse to pay for any residual impairment for that reason.
You should not settle your injury claim before you complete all of your medical treatment. You do not know how well you will heal until you finish the initial plan and go back to your doctor for a follow-up visit. As soon as you settle with the defendant’s liability insurer, the defendant and their insurer have no legal obligation to pay you another cent. If you end up needing more procedures, they will not pay for them.
Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer
A cargo truck accident lawyer serving Reynoldsburg at Bressman Law can help you avoid problems like missing the deadline or settling too early. We can also work directly with the insurance company so that you do not have to do so. If you have a lawyer handling your injury claim, the insurer is not supposed to make direct contact with you. If they do, you can tell them to talk to your lawyer.
Our clients know that they can get the rest they need and devote their energy to rebuilding their lives because we take care of their legal matters. You can call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a no-cost case evaluation.
Stay Off Social Media
When a person is at home recuperating from an injury, it is easy to get bored. Many people pass the time by scrolling through social media. Until your injury claim gets resolved, however, you should not post anything online. It does not matter if your post or photograph is about the accident or your injuries.
The defendant’s insurance can get access to your social media accounts and see what you post. Imagine that you take a pain pill and then meet up with friends or family for a celebration. You post a picture of the event on social media. The insurer can take that photo out of context and accuse you of exaggerating the extent of your chronic pain from the accident.
For a free legal consultation with a cargo truck accident attorney in Reynoldsburg, call (614) 538-1116
How We Establish the Liability of the At-Fault Driver
Before we can pursue someone for money damages, we have to establish that the person was legally liable for the accident that hurt you. We can hold the defendant accountable for your losses if we can prove all four of these factors of negligence:
Duty of Care
Everyone who drives on public streets and highways must obey traffic laws.
Breach of Duty
If the defendant’s conduct failed to measure up to the legal duty of care, he is negligent. Let’s say that the cargo truck driver had a few beers at lunch and then continued driving his route. He was not stumbling drunk, but he was buzzed, and his alcohol level exceeded our state’s limit. Driving while impaired by alcohol violates traffic laws and is negligence.
The careless conduct must have caused the accident that hurt you. In our scenario, the driver’s attention and reflexes were not as sharp as usual because of his alcohol consumption. As a result, he did not notice that traffic slowed down for road construction. By the time he realized the decrease in speed, he did not have enough time or linear distance to stop, and he slammed into your car.
In most negligence actions, you must have measurable losses to pursue a claim for money damages. Physical injuries count as quantifiable losses.
After we prove all of these required elements of liability, we can go after money damages from the defendant.
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How to Get Legal Help for Your Reynoldsburg Cargo Truck Accident Injury Claim
Bressman Law helps people who get hurt because of the carelessness of others. Our clients rave about us. See our testimonials for yourself. A cargo truck accident lawyer serving Reynoldsburg can help you get back on your feet and back to your life.
We Can Help You File a Lawsuit within Relevant Timelines
As if getting hurt in a truck accident was not bad enough, some unfortunate people lose the right to compensation for their losses because they do not know there is a deadline for filing a lawsuit to hold a careless person accountable. Every state limits the amount of time people have to go after money damages for personal injuries.
In Ohio, the limit is two years from the date of the accident. Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10 applies to personal injury claims, and ORC §2125 applies to wrongful death cases. In this context, a wrongful death case would be how the legal beneficiaries would pursue compensation for a loved one who died in a cargo truck accident.
You can call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free initial consultation.