If you have been in a tractor-trailer trucking accident and suffered personal injury, you need to contact an experienced trial attorney to help you. There are several things you need to know if you are in a tractor-trailer trucking accident/personal injury case.
First, time is of the essence. The evidence at an accident scene will not last long, and when you have a serious accident involving a tractor-trailer truck, it is critical to get an accident reconstruction expert to the scene as soon as possible. Law enforcement will not typically call an accident reconstruction expert to the scene unless there is a fatality. Thus, contacting an experienced trial attorney like Mr. Truitt as soon as possible following a tractor-trailer trucking accident is vitally important. Mr. Truitt can get an experienced accident reconstruction expert to the scene to begin his investigation. It is equally important to be able to view the tractor-trailer truck in the same condition it was following the accident. Likewise, Mr. Truitt can get an experienced trucking expert on the case quickly to be able to the view the tractor-trailer truck to determine if the tractor-trailer truck is in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or state regulations if it is an intrastate tractor-trailer truck involved in the accident.
Second, it is important to contact Mr. Truitt right away so that he can make sure that you are receiving the proper medical care. Mr. Truitt is familiar with most of the physicians and surgeons in the midlands of South Carolina and can help guide your medical care in the proper direction. It matters what physician is treating you, both from the standpoint of your health and the tractor-trailer trucking accident case. Every client should be treated by a doctor who can provide maximum healing and also relate any necessary medical care and injuries to the tractor-trailer trucking accident. If you have permanent injuries as often happens in these horrific tractor-trailer trucking cases, Mr. Truitt will retain an expert life care planner to make sure that your future medical needs are provided for in any settlement or award.
Third, if you have been injured in a tractor-trailer trucking case, you may have suffered catastrophic injuries that will prevent you from working. If so, Mr. Truitt will hire a vocational expert to offer an opinion as to your ability to work, and once that opinion is reached, an economist will be hired to calculate your loss of earning capacity, your loss of personal services, and the present value of your future medical expenses. Mr. Truitt will make sure that your economic losses are accounted for in any settlement or award.
Fourth, interstate tractor-trailer trucking companies have to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In most cases, Mr. Truitt will hire a tractor-trailer trucking expert to ensure that every violation of the federal regulations will be found, and if any of the violations are egregious, that punitive damages will be sought to punish the tractor-trailer trucking company. Punitive damages are designed to punish, deter, and set an example of the offending tractor-trailer trucking company so that other tractor-trailer trucking companies do not commit similar violations. Punitive damages are in addition to actual damages, which typically include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and permanent injuries.
Contact David "Chip" Truitt of the Truitt Law Firm for a free consultation to tell him your story. Mr. Truitt has handled hundreds of injury cases throughout his many years of practicing law and will use this experience to help you get the proper medical care for your oftentimes devastating and catastrophic injuries. Mr. Truitt will work diligently on your case to ensure that you receive all of the damages allowed under the law. Every effort will be made to resolve your case outside of court; however, Mr. Truitt will not hesitate to litigate your case if that is the better course of action. Mr. Truitt has tried many of these cases to a successful jury verdict for his clients and looks forward to the opportunity to use his experience and skill to help you receive a just settlement or jury award.
All fee agreements for a personal injury case are handled on contingency basis so that you do not have to pay an upfront attorney fee. An attorney's fee is owed only if you receive an award or settlement. No attorney's fee is owed if there is no recovery.