Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys, Licensed in Kentucky and Ohio

It is tempting to think of a semi-truck collision as just a car accident with a larger vehicle.  Even many attorneys fall into this trap.  Unfortunately, this couldn’t be more wrong and the unwary accident victim – or inexperienced attorney – can make terrible mistakes that leave the victim unable to pay for necessary medical bills or lost wages.  A larger vehicle almost always means there are larger damages and more devastating injuries.

Many trucking companies are experts at hiding important facts and even under-reporting the amount of insurance available to pay your bills.  Trucking companies often have lawyers come to the accident site to take pictures and measurements!  If they are planning to battle you in court from day one, you need an experienced lawyer on your side too.

Liability in a Tractor Trailer Collision is About More Than the Driver

Truck drivers are on the job when the accident happens, and under the legal theory respondeat superior that means both the driver and the company are responsible for the accident.  But certain types of damages – such as punitive damages – might only be paid by one party or the other, and the driver typically doesn’t have the ability to pay. It is important for your attorney to investigate all issues of negligence that could lead to liability, including whether the trucking company negligently hired and credentialed the driver and whether the company and/or driver falsified the logs in the days and weeks before the crash.  Trucking companies have a lot of regulations because a semi-truck is a dangerous missile that must be guided safely down our highways.  If you’ve been injured, you have to make sure the company complied with these regulations in order to get fully compensated.  Lawrence & Associates typically hires at least two experts – an accident reconstructionist and a logbook auditor – in each trucking accident case.

Damages and Insurance Coverage Can Be Complicated to Prove

When it comes to the four main categories of damages – medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium – trucking companies hire a lot of experts.  Trying to prove your lost wages going forward will often pit you against one or two people with doctorates.  You need experts of your own in court, and who those experts are, how to disclose them, and how to call them to testify is the kind of work an experienced trial attorney knows best.

Even once the damages are proven, you need to know how much insurance coverage there is to provide fair compensation for those damages.  Trucking companies are notorious for having layers of coverage, meaning they may have an initial policy that will (just for example) cover damages up to $750,000.00, but then a second policy for $2,000,000.00, and a third for $4,000,000.00 and so on.  Often, they have separate coverage for the truck and trailer with different insurance companies.  Often, the trucking company will not divulge the additional layers of coverages because they think they can get you, the injured victim, to take less money if you think there is a limited amount you can get.  A good attorney can uncover all the layers of coverage, and even take the company to a local judge if they won’t disclose their insurance coverage willingly.

Building a Strong and Successful Case

In a semi truck accident case, it is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Lawrence & Associates will act immediately to start building your case. We will investigate the cause of the accident with the help of an accident reconstruction professional. Trucking companies by law must maintain driver logs and other records which can be of great use in these cases. Lawrence & Associates will work closely with your doctor or other medical specialists to determine what medical care the accident victim will need, now and in the future. Our firm will calculate your lost earnings and place a value on your pain and suffering for inclusion in your claim. From the start of your case to its conclusion, Lawrence & Associates will work tirelessly to help you get full and complete compensation.

No Recovery, No Fee

Lawrence & Associates accepts personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security cases on a contingency basis.

You will owe an attorney fee only if we obtain compensation for you. However, if you win your case, attorney’s fees, court costs, and case expenses will be paid out of the settlement or judgment.

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