Tractor-trailer truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators must follow strict rules dictating how long they can drive, how often they must rest, truck maintenance, and other regulations. When drivers or their employers violate these rules – or other rules of the road – and cause an accident, the result is often devastating. Victims of these accidents can suffer serious and permanent injuries like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and broken bones, creating long-lasting financial burdens for families.
While truck accident victims can file claims with ICBC to recover compensation, getting full and fair value for those claims is not a guarantee. It takes planning and thorough investigation to go up against ICBC or large truck companies to get the compensation you deserve. Preszler Law has been helping victims of accidents get compensation for their injuries since 1959. Call us at 1-844-373-8202 to set up a consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Surrey.
If the truck driver caused the accident, then you can file a third-party claim for compensation. Most truck drivers are acting within the scope of their employment when they are in an accident. Not only are drivers liable for the injuries they cause, so too are the truck companies that employ them.
Most accident victims can also file a claim for Part 7 Accident Benefits with ICBC. These are no-fault benefits available to people involved in the wreck, regardless of who caused it. Through a Part 7 Accident Benefits claim, you may recover compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, attendant care, and more.
Needless to say, it is important to discuss your case with a Surrey truck accident lawyer before beginning the difficult undertaking of seeking fair compensation.
Your lawyer will take the lead on all of your ICBC claims. They need to compile documentation establishing fault. They need to scour medical records to prove injuries are related to the accident, and to prove their value. They often work with medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, vocational experts, and other expert witnesses to support your case. And then they must communicate with ICBC to present the strongest, fairest case possible.
Whoever you hire to represent you after a truck accident needs to be up for the job.
Experience is key. Ask potential lawyers if they handle truck accident cases. They should be well-versed in trucking regulations and know how to manage these cases so they identify all sources of compensation for their client. Ask if they work with experts who can offer testimony supporting a truck accident case. Ask if they have negotiated or litigated against truck carriers. If they do not have this experience, they probably should not handle your truck accident case.
Because of the serious nature of many truck accidents, victims struggle with not only major health concerns but ongoing disabilities and long-lasting financial burdens. A successful claim can ensure you get the care you need without having to worry about the financial implications.
While Part 7 Accident Benefits provide benefits for medical treatment, lost wages, and other expenses, they will not fully cover all of the damages you suffered. Truck accident victims usually have to pursue additional compensation through a liability claim against the truck company. This can provide compensation for:
Proving the value of their damages is another challenge victims face. Medical records, vocational assessment, and thorough investigation and documentation may be necessary to prove the value of your expenses and losses. Our truck accident lawyers work with experienced expert witnesses and investigators to collect the evidence necessary to establish case value.
British Columbia has a two-year statute of limitations on all personal injury claims, including those stemming from truck accidents. This means that if you do not file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the accident, you likely lose the right to file a claim.
Call Preszler Law today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Our truck accident lawyers will evaluate your case and discuss the options you have to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. We work with all of our clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees until we win your case. You can reach us at 1-844-373-8202.