Truck Accident Lawyer in Kelowna
Accidents involving large trucks are some of the most dangerous and deadly types of crashes on Kelowna roads. Given the massive nature of trucks, victims’ injuries tend to be severe, such as brain injuries, crush injuries, loss of limb, multiple fractures, and spinal cord injuries, to say nothing of the psychological harms they experience. An estimated 3,100 people are injured and 62 people are killed each year in accidents involving heavy vehicles like semi-trucks in British Columbia, according to ICBC.
Preszler Injury Lawyers has been handling accident cases for over half a century. We are passionate about helping victims hold negligent trucking companies responsible for the harm they cause. If you or your loved one was recently involved in an accident, call a truck accident lawyer in Kelowna at Preszler Injury Lawyers for a free consultation to see how we can be of service to you: 1-844-373-8202.
How do truck accident cases differ from other types of accidents?
In addition to the severity of the injuries involved, truck accident cases differ from other types of auto accidents in several ways. First of all, commercial trucking companies must follow trucking regulations. For instance, truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive, they must have health clearance, and they have to regularly inspect their loads. When an accident occurs, victims and their lawyers must carefully investigate violation of these regulations and how that relates to the accident.
But even if you build a solid case with evidence of the driver’s fault for the accident, the insurance company will not simply pay you compensation for your injuries. Payouts to victims hurt their bottom-line, so it is not uncommon for companies to hire a team of lawyers to argue their cases and pin blame for the accident on the victims. And even when they do offer settlements, truck companies’ insurers often offer settlements that are much lower than victims’ actually deserve.
What do I need to prove in order to win my truck accident case?
When we file claims against large trucking companies, we conduct a thorough investigation of the accident and evaluate the case. Our investigation allows us to identify not only violation of trucking laws, but other causes and contributing factors related to the accident. This is an essential part of the claims process – proving the truck driver and trucking company caused or contributed to the wreck. Below are a few examples of negligence that we may identify in truck accident claims:
- Poorly trained drivers.
- Improper loading or securement of cargo.
- Failing to maintain or repair the truck.
- Driving under the influence.
- Speeding or traveling too fast for conditions.
- Using a prohibited handheld device while driving.
- Overstepping the legal hours of service limits.
But even if the negligence seems obvious, to be successful in a truck accident claim requires extensive evidence and documentation. We work with experts like accident reconstructionists to piece together what caused the wreck. Our truck accident lawyers review documents pertaining to drivers’ hours, inspections, truck maintenance, personnel qualifications, and more.
Then we need to prove the value of the claim, which requires reviewing medical records and working with medical experts to establish the prognosis and effects of the injury – including the physical, emotional, and financial effects. We work with vocational experts as well to establish the impact of the injuries on the victim’s ability to work now and in the future.
What steps do I need take to obtain compensation after the crash?
Truck accident claims are challenging, but they are winnable when we take the proper steps to prove liability and case value. Victims and their families can help too by taking the following steps following a truck accident:
- Document all of your medical care. Save all injury-related bills, receipts, and notes in a file folder for safekeeping.
- Try to gather as much evidence as possible. Items such as the police reports, eyewitness information, your written recollection of what transpired (do not give any recorded statements to insurers yet), photos of the damage to the vehicles, etc. can be helpful as we build and substantiate your case.
- Consult a truck accident lawyer in Kelowna as soon as possible if you have not done so already. Your lawyer can take immediate action to preserve evidence with the truck company and get to work on valuing your damages.
Is there a time limit on when I can file truck accident case in Kelowna?
Yes, BC law specifies a time limit on when victims can take legal action after an accident. British Columbia’s Limitation Act provides that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Take caution not to wait too long, though. Evidence may go missing if too much time passes and there may be unforeseen problems that delay filing.
What if I cannot afford a truck accident lawyer?
Actually, at Preszler Injury Lawyers, you can afford a lawyer. Our firm not only provides free legal consultations, but we also represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge you unless we win your case, so you have no upfront legal fees. In other words, you do not have to worry about financial restrictions; we can provide you with the legal representation you need.
Let Preszler Injury Lawyers help you hold the negligent party responsible for the harm they caused and secure the settlement or verdict you deserve. Contact us today at 1-844-373-8202.