How Long do Semi-Truck Accident Cases Last?
One of the most pressing questions you may have following a large truck crash is – How long will it take for this case to settle?
Answering that question is not easy because each case is different. There is no set length of time these cases take. Large truck crashes can be confusing and complex, especially if you or a loved one has been injured. As the bills begin to pile up, you need to know what happens next. Please consider speaking with an experienced Orlando truck accident lawyer about your case as soon as possible.
What happens immediately after a semi-truck crash?
At the scene of the accident, make sure the police arrive and that an accident report is filled out. If possible, document the scene with photographs or video evidence. Once police are contacted, you need to make sure you seek medical attention for any injuries you have. This is a chaotic time, and the focus needs to be on everyone’s health.
What does the process look like?
When the dust settles, both sides in the accident will work to determine who was responsible for the crash. In most cases, the accident report will contain the police officer’s assessment on who was at fault in the crash. Even if the officer cites the truck driver, that does not mean your case is over.
All too often, truck companies and their insurance carriers will look to place a portion of the fault on the victim – even if the victim did nothing wrong. Your attorney will be ready for this. A skilled Florida truck accident attorney will take the time to:
- Gather all evidence related to the case, including accident reports, eyewitness accounts, video and photographic evidence, and more.
- Obtain your medical records and have them reviewed by trusted medical professionals.
- Hire an accident reconstruction expert to testify on your behalf.
All of this could take some time and involve difficult negotiations with the truck company/insurance carrier’s legal teams.
Your attorney will want to properly calculate your total damages in order to seek compensation. This may not happen quickly because the full extent of your injuries, and the cost of your future medical care, may not be known right away. An expert medical witness will be able to review your injuries and help calculate your total losses.
These negotiations take time
The insurance carriers have one goal after a crash – to minimize the money they eventually payout in a settlement. Your attorney will take the time to gather all evidence and negotiate a fair amount. If a fair settlement cannot be negotiated, your case may have to go to trial.
A trial can take some time
Although most cases don’t go to trial, if it happens, a trial will take even more preparation time. It means preparing to present your case to a jury in an effort to secure the following:
- Proving liability
- Compensation for your medical bills (current and future)
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent driver or company
The timelines vary
A truck accident case can take a long time to reach a successful conclusion, which is why it is so important to get started as soon as possible. Working with an Orlando injury attorney is your best chance for success in these cases.