10 Questions to Ask Your Denver Truck Accident Lawyer
Answers Backed by More than a Century of Collective Experience
An accident involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle can have catastrophic results. The massive size and weight of 18-wheelers can crush a vehicle, causing serious injuries to those inside. Rest assured that, in the event of an accident, the trucking company will have a knowledgeable legal representative on the scene ready to mitigate liability on their part. Whether you settle or sue, you need someone equally experienced working on your behalf.
A knowledgeable Denver truck accident attorney from Denver Trial Lawyers can help you receive fair compensation for any injuries you might have sustained.
The following are ten important questions to ask when you meet with your truck accident attorney:
1. How will I be billed?
Most trucking accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they recover money on your behalf. Typically, the fee is around 33 1/3 percent of the settlement you receive.
2. Will there be additional fees?
It is possible that you could be responsible for some court fees and other costs even if you lose the case.
3. Do I have a legitimate lawsuit?
To have a successful case, you must show that the other party breached a duty of reasonable care with their actions that caused the accident. Additionally, you must show that you suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
4. Who can I name as defendants?
Obviously, you should be able to sue the truck driver. Additionally, you may have a case against the owner of the truck and the trucking company. In some cases, municipalities or contractors responsible for road defects could be liable.
5. When should I file my lawsuit?
Most jurisdictions implement a statute of limitations, or a deadline for filing. Your attorney will know the deadline for your state.
6. What kinds of damages can I recover?
In addition to medical expenses and lost income, you may also be able to make a recovery for pain and suffering and emotional distress. Your attorney will be able to explain the full spectrum of possible damages.
7. Are there other steps involved in protecting my case?
In addition to filing within the statute of limitations, you may also need a police report and an insurance claim- your attorney will be able to advise you fully.
8. What is the difference between settling and suing?
The majority of cases settle out of court. When this happens, a plaintiff accepts an offer and waives their right to sue. If you refuse the settlement, the case will go to trial where a judge or jury will make a determination. Both situations have pros and cons which can be explained by your attorney.
9. Should I settle?
Although there are merits to settling, it will prevent you from suing or obtaining additional damages from the defendant in the future. Discuss this option with your attorney.
10. How long will a lawsuit take?
It can take a substantial amount of time for a case to go to trial, and even longer for a plaintiff to receive their money. However, your recovery may be worth the wait. Discuss all your options with your attorney.