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The Safe Rental Car Act

The Safe Rental Car Act is a piece of legislation that was introduced into Congress on July 28, 2011. The sponsor of the bill is Senator Charles Schumer, a democrat from New York.

The official title of the bill is Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2011. The proposed bill is named after two sisters, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck who were from Santa Cruz, California.

In 2004, Raechel (age 24) and Jacqueline (age 20) were killed in a fiery crash while they were driving a PT Cruiser that had been recalled. They got the rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The PT Cruiser had been recalled because of a defective steering hose that was likely to leak and catch on fire. However, Enterprise did not repair the steering hose before they rented the car to the Houck sisters.

Campaign to support bill

Raechel and Jacqueline’s mother, Cally Houck, has been leading a campaign to get support for the Safe Rental Car Act. She is doing this with a high-profile news and social media campaign. In order to try and get public support for the Safe Rental Car Act, Houck has turned to online forums, such as, TV station KABC-TV Los Angeles and USA Today.

Houck said that when a petition was first posted on, giving people a chance to support the Safe Rental Car Act, they were getting 10,000 signatures an hour. So far, more than 152,000 people have signed the petition. Houck added that many of those who have signed the petition are customers of Enterprise who say they will not rent from Enterprise again until Enterprise supports the Safe Rental Car Act.

At the present time, Enterprise is not supporting the legislation. However, another large rental car company, Hertz, has stated their support for rental car safety legislation.

As it stands now, a rental car company is allowed to rent cars that are under recall even though they have not repaired the recall item. However, a car dealer is not permitted to sell a car that is under recall until the recall item is repaired.

How can you be safe

What can you do the next time you are going to be traveling and renting a car to make sure that the car you rent is safe. Here are a couple of things that you can do.

If there is a model that you are considering to rent, check for recalls on that model before you rent it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently auditing the repair history of the fleets of all of the major rental car companies. Before renting a particular model, it would be a good idea to scan the online data base of the NHTSA. If the model you want is on the list, it makes good sense to switch to another model.

Another thing you can do is to really know the vehicle that you are renting. For example, your own personal car may be equipped with an anti-lock braking system. However, the car that you rent may only have a standard braking system. This is a safety issue that has an impact on everyone who rents a car.

How Long Should My Personal Injury Lawsuit Take to Settle?

You have chosen your skilled personal injury attorney and gathered all of the documentation which is required you may be wondering how long will it take for the personal injury case to reach a settlement.

Most personal injury attorneys will tell you that it depends on several variables: you as the client, the insurance company involved, and the insurance company’s attorneys.

How much medical treatment will you need?

One of the main issues for your personal injury claim is the amount of medical treatment you will need after your personal injury. Settlement should not take place until you have received the maximum advantage of post-accident treatment. Your doctor must be able to establish your prognosis and the permanency of your personal injury.

As long as your doctor is able to lay out your medical needs with reasonable confidence, then you may be entitled to collect money for medical bills and treatment that you may need in the future.

You do not want to settle your personal injury claim before a doctor can determine which personal injuries are permanent and which ones may require future medical treatment. If you do, you may be forfeiting money that you may need for future care. Remember, once your case is settled, the agreement is permanent and final.

Personal Injury attorneys are required to relay any and all settlement offers to their clients, and it is up to you, as the client, whether or not you accept the deal. Your injury attorney will give you his opinion as to the fairness of the offer and whether or not you should accept, but the final decision is yours. Cases that are concluded before trial usually take between six and eighteen months.

Insurance Companies and Their Attorneys

Many times, insurance companies, despite your personal injury lawyer’s best efforts, do not offer a settlement that is acceptable. When this happens, you may need to go to trial.

Personal injury trials can delay recovery because your personal injury lawyer will have to prepare for court and work within the court’s schedule. Motions will be filed, arguments will be crafted, and depositions will be taken; all of this takes time. If your personal injury case does proceed to trial, you are looking at anywhere from two to five years.

Insurance companies do not hand over their (your) money without a fight. They are also able to collect interest during the case, so it is to their advantage to delay. Some companies become an impediment to settlement by filing motions and engaging in other delaying tactics. Thankfully, this is the exception and most personal injury lawsuits are settled within a reasonable time frame.

Choosing the best personal injury attorney can be the most important decision you make. Finding a skilled injury lawyer can be invaluable as they help you recover the financial damages that you are entitled to receive.

New Traffic Laws Go Into Effect in Texas

“In case you were unaware, some new traffic laws went into effect in Texas as of September 1st. Hopefully, these modifications will not increase automobile accidents and give personal injury lawyers more business. Here are the new changes:

Texas Speed Limit Law Changes

“There are two main changes to the speed limit laws. The first one keeps the speed limits the same during the day and night. We have all driven the roads that have two different posted speeds, that is no longer. Although the law has officially gone into effect, the signs that list two different speed limits could stay up for months. TxDOT says that drivers should adhere to posted speeds until the changes can be made. State Representative Larry Phillip said, “Texas is the last state that has a nighttime difference. No other state does. So, we need to be consistent.“

“The second part to the uniform speed has to do with truck drivers. There are no longer separate speed limits for truck drivers. They can now travel at the same speed as everyone else on all Texas roadways. This change has drawn some negative feedback from those who are worried that the increased speed for trucks will cause more fatal accidents.

“The other big change is the maximum speed limit now allowed on a Texas highway is 85 miles per hour, the highest in the country. Although no road has a speed limit greater than 80 mph.

“State Trooper Mark Tackett says, “Increased speeds will lead to more accidents whenever you have heavy traffic volume. That’s why the engineers are going to go out and they’re going to survey the particular areas to see if it is safe to do so.”

“David Selman, engineer for TxDOT, said, “It will be based on the speed study. The speed limit may stay at 70 mph.” TxDOT is hiring a consultant to conduct a speed study. This process takes several months. Selman said, “They (hired consultant) will take the 85th percentile and based on that, and the terrain, and the profile of the roadway, they’ll determine if the speed limit needs to be raised.” The deadline for the speed study to be completed is December 31st.

“State Rep. Phillips said that the new laws were very popular in the House and Senate (there were only two “no” votes in the House). “We’ve raised the speed limits out in West Texas on some of the interstates and there have been no adverse conditions. Our vehicles can handle faster speeds so now there will be roads that can accept those faster speeds,” Phillips stated.

Tow Trucks

“A few years ago, a law was passed that required drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed by at least twenty miles per hour below the posted speed limit when passing an emergency vehicle that is pulled over on the side of the road with its lights blinking. That law now applies when encountering a tow truck, as well. This change will protect tow truck drivers as they execute their job as well as safeguard the drivers that are passing.

Hardship Licenses

“Hardship licenses will now be suspended if the possessor is convicted of two or more moving violations within a twelve month period.

“The increase in the speed limit on highways will be popular among most Texans. Let’s hope that these increased speeds for cars and trucks will not mean more work and new clients for our well-qualified Texas personal injury lawyers.

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty

CNN reports that after less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury has found Casey Anthony not guilty of first degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2 year old daughter. The jury did, however, find Anthony guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to the police. Sentencing could be as early as 9 A.M. on Thursday morning. Anthony could face up to one year in jail for each count.

The Defense attorney concedes, “There are no winners in this case.” Adding, “Today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.” The prosecution also offered their thoughts, “We’re disappointed with the verdict today and surprised, because we know the facts,” Lawson Lamar, state attorney for the 9th District, told reporters.

The trial of Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter Caylee had last for more than six weeks while the defense and prosecution offered various theories about what had happened to Caylee. Casey Anthony was facing a potential death penalty if found guilty of first-degree murder, and other lesser penalties if found guilty of aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

The media and America have been captivated for months with the story of Caylee who was last seen June 16, 2008. The family did not report her missing until a month later when Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony’s mother, demanded answers about her granddaughter’s whereabouts.

The prosecutor failed to prove their case which alleged Caylee Anthony was suffocated by her mother. The prosecution also alleged that Casey Anthony stored Caylee’s body in her car for several days then disposed of it. Caylee’s body was later found by former Orange County meter reader Roy Kronk in December of 2008.

The defense offered an alternative theory that Caylee accidently drowned in the family pool and Casey desperately attempted a cover-up of the death. It was suggested that Casey’s father, who was a former police officer, was part of the cover-up, although he disputed this in his testimony at the trial.

This trial offers interesting insight into potential civil litigation after a criminal trial. Although this trial will not result in a civil case, if the death of Caylee was potentially caused by another person, not her mother, who had been found innocent of the crime, it might be possible for the family of the victim to file a civil claim against the defendant to win damages.

Remember O.J. Simpson? Although he was found not guilty of killing Ron Goldman, the family of Ron Goldman filed a civil claim against him and was able to win damages for their loss. Keep in mind that a civil trial often requires a lower burden of proof than a criminal trial, and the Goldman’s were able to convince a jury that Simpson’s actions had caused them loss.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured by the negligence or criminal actions of another person or if someone you loved has been killed, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your loss. Compensation for personal injury claims or wrongful death can vary by state so it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.

Personal injury lawyers can review evidence of the crime or accident, hire expert witnesses and gather witness testimony. There is a statute of limitations for filing all personal injury claims. Do not wait too long or you may lose your right to compensation.

Assumption of Risk at a Sporting Event

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Attending a sporting event with your family is generally a rewarding experience. Fans flock to ballparks, stadiums, basketball arenas and hockey rinks throughout the year to enjoy their favorite sports teams battle it out. Did you ever wonder if you were safe?

Sports owners have increasingly modified sporting venues in an attempt to make the spectator feel like they are more involved in the game, but some of these changes may be dangerous. In baseball, it is now required that ballparks have netting behind home plate to protect spectators. As expected, many fan’s reception to these measures have been lukewarm, especially when it has made the game more difficult to see.

Should the owners be concerned about the safety of spectators? If you have attended a baseball game, you know it is not uncommon for balls to be hit or thrown at 120 miles per hour into the stands. Flying bats may also be a problem if hitters lose control and launch them into the stands.

One recently published study by Milsten estimates there are 35.1 injuries per every million spectator who attend Major League Baseball games. The article concluded that flying baseballs are the most common risk, with injuries occurring most frequently down the 1st or 3rd base lines, or directly behind home plate. Spectators most frequently suffer facial or head trauma from the impact of the baseball.

What if you are hit by a fly ball, can you sue the ball club? Recently a Massachusetts woman tried to collect damages from injuries sustained from a foul ball at the Boston Red Sox game, but the court ruled that she should have known the potential risks. The court struck down her argument claiming that most people of sufficient intelligence would understand the danger at a game and the dangers should have been sufficiently obvious to her.

The Boston Court wrote that fans “are left to bear the costs of their injuries, even though they played no role in causing them, except by choosing to attend the game.” The argument against the fan was she should not have needed any type of additional warning but should have understood the risks she was taking by attending the game.

Other cases for injury sustained at a ballpark have been more successful. A New Jersey court awarded damages to a man who was injured by a ball while getting concessions at a minor league game, claiming that he had no expectation of danger in the concession line.

Historically, courts have operated under the premise that the spectator “assumes the risk” of attending a baseball game, in fact, many sporting tickets have a warning declaring that there are inherent dangers in attending the game. As mentioned above, the court will analyze several factors prior to awarding damages such as the proximity of the spectator to the playing field, whether they have previously attended a sporting event at the venue and whether the game was in progress.

Traditionally, if the spectator was in their seat and the game is in progress, the court has used the argument of “assumption of risk” and has not awarded the plaintiff damages. Some exceptions have been made by the courts if the following situation has occurred: “(1) the person is situated behind a screen, backstop, or similar device is defective (in a manner other than width or height) because of the negligence of the owner or operator of the baseball facility: or (2) the injury is caused by willful and wanton conduct, in connection with the game of baseball, of the owner or operator or any baseball player, coach or manager employed by the coach or operator.”

Spectator injuries at games are not common, but spectators must be aware of their surroundings. Hockey pucks can fly out of ice rinks, NBA players can fly into the stadium seats, and fly balls can circumvent even the best netting.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are one of the more than 15 million Americans attend sporting events each year, you must be aware of the inherent dangers and not make the false assumption that the owner or operator of the sports venue is ensuring your safety. If you are injured by the negligent actions of another person or by the players, contact a personal injury lawyer. They can review your claim and determine if you have a personal injury case.

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Medical Malpractice Cases limited in Florida by the Florida Legislature and passage of a new bill

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Medical malpractice claims are part of personal injury law and allow a patient, who has been injured, to file a medical malpractice claim if they are treated by a medical professional who fails to meet the standards of their profession and this failure or negligence causes personal injury to the patient.

Medical malpractice generally occurs when a doctor, nurse, surgeon or any other healthcare professional behaves in a way or does something that another doctor in their same situation would not have done. Serious medical malpractice injuries can cause severe injury or wrongful death.

In efforts to curb medical malpractice claims and to make it more difficult for injured Floridians to get justice for their personal injuries, the Florida Senate, on May 4, 2011, passed the House of Representative’s bill, number 479. This new law requires out of state doctors who do not practice law in Florida to get expert witness certificates to testify in medical malpractice cases in the state of Florida.

Why don’t victims of medical malpractice cases find doctors from the state of Florida to testify in their medical malpractice cases? As you might imagine, plaintiffs may have difficulty locating willing experts to testify because Florida doctors may be unwilling to offer testimony against other Florida doctors, even in the cases of extreme medical malpractice.

Additional provisions of Bill number 479 include:

• It may eliminate as evidence a doctor or hospital’s failure to comply with federal requirements for certain medical malpractice cases.
• It requires a patient to execute an authorization form for the medical professional’s insurance company
• Defendants may be allowed to interview the plaintiff’s doctors without the plaintiff’s attorney or the plaintiff present

Unfortunately, due to the increased legal obstacles faced by injured patients, victims of medical malpractice in Florida and their families may have to fight even harder to get the compensation they need for their medical malpractice injuries. New legislation offers protection for hospitals and doctors but has not added additional protection for patients or new policies and procedures to eliminate many of the medical malpractice errors which are occurring throughout the state of Florida.

No one is perfect and regardless of the profession, individuals will make mistakes. Doctors who make mistakes due to negligence or inattention can be held responsible, but if you were injured by a doctor who was reckless or who attempts to mislead the investigation with misleading or false information can face serious professional and criminal penalties. Regardless of how you were injured, contact a medical malpractice lawyer for help.

Tips for filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

Even if the law sometimes seems to be against you, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and get compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. What can you do to improve your chances of winning your claim?

• Talk to a medical malpractice lawyer who understands Florida medical malpractice claims and find out if it is worth your time to pursue legal action.
• Most medical malpractice lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. If the attorney you have consulted about your medical malpractice case wants money up-front, find another medical malpractice lawyer.
• Make sure your medical malpractice lawyer has successfully used board certified medical experts and investigators to successfully process medical malpractice claims.
• Find a medical malpractice lawyer who is able to take your case to trial if necessary, but understands how to reach a settlement if this is best for your case.
• Do not try to handle your medical malpractice claim alone. Hospitals and doctors may have their own medical malpractice lawyers who are paid by their insurance companies, and they may able to use their skill and expertise to eliminate your chances of getting the help you need.
• Let an experienced medical malpractice lawyer provide advice and information about how to successfully negotiate with insurance companies. Do not negotiate with the insurance company by yourself and fall for their strong-arm tactics.

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Personal Injury Claims in Restaurants

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If you are injured while dining at a restaurant, did you know you may be entitled to compensation for your damages? Examples of such injuries can include:

  • If you become ill from eating the restaurant’s food, you may be able to file a personal injury claim based on food poisoning.
  • If the restaurant’s floors are slippery and you fall and are injured, you may be able to sue the restaurant to cover your medical expenses.
  • If your property is damaged by a restaurant employee, you may have cause to file a personal injury lawsuit. An example of this might be if your waiter carelessly pours coffee on your laptop computer or if the restaurant’s employee knocks down your fence while delivering your catering order.
  • Restaurant Owners Responsibilities
    The owner of the restaurant cannot predict or prevent every possible injury to patrons, but they do have the responsibility to take basic steps to ensure patron safety, such as:

  • Providing and maintaining a safe entrance and exit to and from the restaurant;
  • Making sure patrons can safely go from the dining area to the restrooms and back;
  • Following Health Department regulations to safely store, handle, prepare and serve food and beverages;
  • Regularly inspecting restaurant equipment, from tables and chairs to glassware and utensils, to ensure it is in proper working order;
  • Keeping floors free of obstructions (like water, electrical cords or uneven surfaces) that might cause a patron to slip and fall;
  • Alerting patrons if anything in the restaurant poses a safety threat, so that patrons can take adequate steps to avoid injury (like posting a “wet floors” sign after mopping).
  • Personal injury claims come about when a restaurant owner fails to meet any of these basic responsibilities.

    What to Do If You are Injured in a Restaurant

    First, seek medical attention, and document your injuries and treatment. Take photographs of any injuries you receive as soon as possible and even during the healing process to support your claim of injury. You may even want to document weight loss you experience if you are unable to eat or keep food down for extended periods due to serious illnesses like salmonella poisoning.

    An attorney licensed to practice personal injury law can assist you in obtaining copies of your medical records related to the injury, including x-rays and your doctor’s notes on your condition. Be sure to keep records of all expenses you incurred as a result of your injury, like medical bills, but also keep track of lost wages from any times you were unable to work due to your injury.

    Your personal injury lawyer may also interview restaurant employees or other patrons who witnessed your injury, as well as take photographs of the restaurant to document anything that contributed to your injury.

    What Happens Next in My Personal Injury Claim?

    Your personal injury attorney will assess your claim based on the medical evidence, your expenses and his professional expertise. He will contact the restaurant with a suggested personal injury settlement amount. The restaurant may choose to pay immediately or negotiate the settlement amount with your attorney. Should the restaurant owner attempt to deny any responsibility for your injuries, your attorney may file suit against the restaurant on your behalf; in this case, a judge and/or jury may hear your case and award damages based on the evidence presented. No matter how your case is settled, a personal injury attorney is a strong advocate working on your behalf in fighting the restaurant to recover your damages and receive compensation for your injuries.

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    Injured during surgery- can I file a medical malpractice claim?

    If you are injured in surgery and your injury was caused from the actions of any medical professional who failed to perform care based on acceptable medical standards, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.

    Medical malpractice is part of personal injury law and can include negligent actions of medical professionals such as failing to take appropriate action for a medical condition, delaying treatment for a medical condition, misdiagnosing a medical condition or not treating a medical condition according to acceptable medical standards.

    How do I prove medical malpractice?

    Like other personal injury claims, medical malpractice is proven if the following occurs:

    1. Duty – You must first prove the medical professional owed you a duty of care. If the doctor was performing surgery, they owed you a duty of care which is outlined by specific medical standards.
    2. Breach of Duty – You must prove that the medical professional breached their duty of care toward you. Did the doctor or surgeon make a mistake or act in a way that another medical professional in the same circumstance would not have acted? This may be proven with expert testimony by another surgeon or doctor.
    3. Causation – Was the breach of the surgeon’s duty the proximate cause of your personal injury? To prove causation you will need to prove that you would not have suffered injury or loss if the surgeon had not made the mistake.
    4. Damages – To prove your medical malpractice claim you must suffer loss or damages. Damages can include pain and suffering, wrongful death, lost wages or higher medical expenses. If you have not suffered loss, you do not have a claim of negligence.

    What Compensation can I recover for my Medical Malpractice Claim?

    Medical malpractice claims may pay compensatory damages which can include compensation for economic and non-economic losses. Calculating economic losses, such as medical expenses or lost wages, or non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, can be done with the help of a skilled medical malpractice lawyer.

    Under some conditions, the court may also decide to award punitive damages if the actions of the medical professional are egregious, and the court feels they need to teach them a lesson.

    How long do I have to file a Medical Malpractice Claim?

    Medical malpractice claims are like all other personal injury claims and there will be a limited time to file your claim. The statute of limitations may vary by state and by the type of injury. Many states have a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury; however, some states may allow you to file a claim from the date of the discovery of the injury. Some states also provide exceptions for minors who are injured.

    Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    Medical malpractice law can be complicated. How much will medical care costs? How much is your pain and suffering worth? How long do you have to file your claim? Medical malpractice lawyers have worked on hundreds of cases. They can answer these questions, review your claim and help you decide your next step.

    Medical malpractice attorneys generally work on a contingency fee basis and will not be paid until you recover compensation for your injuries, either by settling your claim or winning a court judgment.

    Medical malpractice attorneys have the resources to help you, and they can hire experts to review your case if needed. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer and get the compensation you deserve for your personal injuries.

    I was injured in a car accident- do I have a personal injury claim?

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    If you have been injured in a car accident you may have suffered severe injuries which can lead to costly medical bills and lost wages. If your car accident was caused due to the negligence of another driver, in many states you may be able to receive additional compensation from other at-fault drivers by filing a personal injury claim.

    Steps after a Car Accident

    If you are considering filing a personal injury claim you need evidence to prove that the other driver was at-fault for the car accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, there are several steps which should be taken immediately to gather appropriate car accident information:

    1. Get the name, phone number and address information for all of the drivers involved in the accident.
    2. Get the name and phone numbers from all witnesses.
    3. Get a copy of the police report.
    4. Call 911 if anyone is injured.
    5. Take pictures if you have a cell phone or a camera.
    6. Do not take responsibility for the accident. Let the policeman do their job. Answer direct questions truthfully, but do not admit fault. The police officers will make a determination for fault after the car accident investigation is complete.
    7. Get medical attention for all of your car accident injuries.
    8. Immediately call your insurance company.
    9. Do not talk to another insurance company or accept a settlement until you have spoken with a car accident lawyer.

    If after reading these steps you realize you did all the wrong things, is it too late to get the evidence you need? The most important thing is to protect your car accident claim by getting as much information as you can about the car accident as soon as possible. Unfortunately, as time passes memories fade and evidence can be lost.

    Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Contacting a personal injury lawyer may be one of the best ways to protect your interest and find out how to proceed with your car accident claim. State laws vary for car accident claims. Some states will only allow claimants to file a personal injury claim if their injuries exceed a specific monetary limit or if their personal injuries cause “substantial bodily harm”. Other states do not have these restrictions, and a personal injury claim can be filed as long as you can prove your injuries were caused by another driver’s breach of duty toward you.

    Finding a car accident lawyer who is familiar with your state’s laws is crucial for your car accident claim. If your state allows you to file a personal injury claim following a car accident the method used to allocate damages can vary. Some states will only award you damages if you were not at-fault for the car accident, others will award you damages if you were less than 51% at-fault and others will award damages to all parties who are 99% or less at-fault (with those damages reduced by their portion of the fault).

    Your car accident or personal injury lawyer can review your car accident case, evaluate the car accident evidence, talk to witnesses, and hire expert witnesses to help you win your personal injury claim.

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    I was injured in a truck accident, what are my rights?

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    Although car accidents are much more common than truck accidents, when a truck accident occurs the injuries and loss can be devastating. If you have been involved in a truck accident it is critical that you understand your rights and protect yourself and your family. Compensation from either your insurance company or the other drivers insurance company following a truck accident can include paid current and future medical expenses, lost wage compensation and property replacement costs.

    Depending on where the accident occurred, you may either receive compensation from your own insurance company (in a no-fault state) or from the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident (in a fault state). Keep in mind that in some states you may only be eligible for compensation if you did not share responsibility for the accident or if the truck accident was less than 50% your fault.

    Can I file a personal injury claim for my truck accident?

    Some states will allow you to file a personal injury claim to recoup additional losses not provided by an insurance company, and some states will only allow you to file a personal injury claim if you suffer substantial bodily harm or if the cost of your injuries reach a specified monetary limit.

    Keep in mind, all states will have statute of limitations for personal injury claims, and if you do not file your claim within this time period, you will forfeit your right to file a personal injury claim.

    Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the statute of limitations for your state. It is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to eliminate the chance that evidence will be destroyed or lost, or witnesses will forget details of the truck accident.

    Hiring a personal injury lawyer

    Personal injury lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis. What does this mean for you? This means that the personal injury lawyer will provide a free initial consultation to meet with you and review your truck accident case.

    The personal injury attorney will determine if they think you have a legitimate claim and what the next steps are to help you win as much compensation as possible. Many truck accident cases may involve several parties or product liability issues which the attorney will investigate.

    Best of all, you will not have to pay any money to your personal injury lawyer unless you win damages or compensation for your personal injury case.

    With a highly trained team of expert witnesses and forensic scientists, personal injury lawyers who specialize in trucking accidents can recreate the accident scene and determine through expert techniques who is responsible for your personal injuries.

    Keep in mind that trucking companies will have their own team of defense attorneys who will defend their truck accident claims. For example, the Trucking Industry Defense Association is one such group who is “committed to reducing the cost of claims and lawsuits against the trucking industry. Members work to develop strategies and share knowledge to defend the trucking industry in personal injury, property damage, worker’s compensation claims and cargo claims.”

    Do not attempt to file a personal injury claim by yourself. Why not hire a personal injury lawyer to help you maximize your payout?

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