If a careless or reckless trucker caused your Marysville truck crash, Ohio law allows you to hold their employer liable for your accident-related expenses and losses. You might be able to recover money for your medical bills, ongoing care costs, lost wages, car repairs, and pain and suffering. A truck accident lawyer in Marysville, OH, might be able to help you get compensation for these and other damages.
At Bressman Law, our team is ready to get started on your case today. We are not afraid to take on any trucking company or other large corporation, and we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve—regardless of the complexity of your case. For a complimentary consultation with a member of our team, call us today at 877-538-1116.
The Damages Recoverable in a Winning Marysville Truck Accident Case
The nature and value of the damages you can recover through a winning settlement or verdict will be unique and based on the specific facts of your case. We can talk more about your possible outcomes after we conduct a full investigation into your truck crash.
In general, you can collect a wide range of compensatory damages. These damages compensate you for your expenses and losses related to the crash. Some of the most common types of damages we can recover for our clients after a Marysville truck crash include:
- Medical care and related costs;
- Prescription drug expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Diminished earning capacity;
- Out-of-pocket expenses; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
Understanding Vicarious Liability in Ohio Truck Accident Cases
In most car accident cases, the negligent driver is at fault, and it is their insurance company that pays out to cover your damages. Truck accident claims still rely on proving fault and showing how the truck driver acted negligently. However, a legal doctrine called vicarious liability means the trucker is not the only party liable in these cases. We can file our claim against the trucking company if:
- The truck driver was on the clock when the accident occurred; and
- The truck driver was completing work-related tasks, including driving, when they caused an accident.
Because of the vicarious liability doctrine and a number of other factors, these cases are often very complex. Not only do you have to navigate complicated legal concepts, but you will also likely face a team of corporate lawyers who represent the trucking company. However, if you win the case, you can collect from the trucking company’s large liability policy instead of an individual driver’s policy.
The Truck Accident Claims Process in Marysville, Ohio
Navigating the truck accident claims process and trying to recover compensation for your damages is challenging. This process is often not something you can focus on if you are already trying to recover from serious physical injuries. This is one reason we encourage Marysville truck accident victims to contact us as soon as possible after a crash.
We can handle the entire process and collect the types of evidence we need to prove the driver acted negligently and the trucking company is liable. Our initial consultations are always free, and there is no obligation to work with us just because we review your case.
If you do enlist our help, we will handle everything. We will ensure you know what to expect and explain what is going on every step of the way.
Proving Negligence and Liability
We investigate every case we handle. Our investigation helps us build a strong case to convince the insurance company or Judge you deserve full compensation for your damages. As part of our investigation into your accident, we will:
- Obtain the police report and other documents;
- Review witness statements and interview witnesses;
- Uncover any available videos of the crash;
- Survey and document the accident scene;
- Analyze the damage to each vehicle;
- Work with an accident reconstruction team and other expert witnesses;
- Obtain and analyze your medical records;
- Collect documentation of your damages; and
- Calculate the full value of your expenses and losses.
One reason truck accident cases differ significantly from car accidents is the wealth of evidence the trucking company holds. We can send a spoliation letter quickly after your accident, preserving this evidence. This evidence could include:
- The driver’s logs;
- Data from onboard computers;
- Truck maintenance records;
- Truck inspection logs; and
- Mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol testing
Filing Your Insurance Claim
Once we have strong evidence to prove your case, we will send a demand letter to the trucking company’s insurance provider. This letter will explain our evidence against the truck driver and document your full range of your damages. The insurance company or legal team representing the trucking company will usually respond with a counter-offer, and this opens the door for settlement negotiations. We can often negotiate a fair settlement agreement during these negotiations.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement agreement, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit in Ohio civil court. In some cases, the insurance company will offer a higher settlement to avoid going to court. In other cases, we need to present our case and evidence to the Judge and ask for a winning verdict and fair compensation.
Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer in Marysville, OH, for Free
Attorney David Bressman and the rest of the team at Bressman Law work for every client in the same way we would for a member of our own family. Our firm offers the one-on-one attention you need, and we always take the time to address your concerns and answer all your questions. At the same time, we have the resources and experience necessary to take any corporation to court and fight for a winning verdict for our clients.
Call us at 877-538-1116 today for your complimentary case review with a member of our team.