If you have suffered a severe injury or a loved one has been killed due to a collision involving a truck, you deserve to know how much a potential case could be worth. While this information is useful in any personal injury case, it becomes particularly relevant with truck wrecks. Due to trucks’ larger sizes and faster speeds, injuries tend to be far greater. You should not hesitate to ask Prince Glover Hayes, “How much is my Alabama truck accident case worth?”
Our experienced attorneys and staff at PGH can help you in this complicated process. The truck accident worth will vary depending on several factors. Here are some factors we look at in determining the value of a truck wreck case:
Total Expense of Medical Care
One of the biggest factors that play into a truck accident lawsuit is any medical expenses you have to pay. Truck accidents can lead to life-altering injuries. Even an accident that occurred at a relatively slow speed can still lead to extensive injuries due to the massive size of the vehicle.
Higher medical bills can influence your settlement amount. Some individuals will require ongoing treatments, so it may be difficult to assess a solid monetary value. This is why it is so critical to seek medical care following a traffic collision of any kind. When you have an attorney and follow the proper procedures, there is a greater likelihood you will be compensated fairly for your medical bills.
When a big rig hits a regular sedan, it can cause substantial damage to your car. It is expected the car to be totaled, and you should anticipate your insurance company to pay for most or all of the damages. You should expect your insurance agency to pay the standard blue book value of your vehicle during the settlement process.
It is expected that your car will be totaled. As a result, your settlement offer can also vary depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle. Some individuals might not receive as much if they owned a less expensive vehicle.
When determining the value of your claim, you can also present evidence of the time you had to take off work. Some people will sustain such severe injuries that they have to miss a lot of work. Additionally, some people’s jobs require them to heal fully before they can return, and some people may never be in good enough shape to perform that work again after a truck accident.
To be compensated for lost wages, your employer will need to provide evidence of what your normal hours were like. Your employer needs to show how much time you missed so that the value can be factored into the settlement amount.
Pain and Suffering
Out of all of the factors that go into a personal injury case, pain and suffering is the most difficult to define. Your attorney has to look into the severity of your injuries and other damages you suffered throughout the process. Other factors may come into play that factor into pain and suffering.
For example, if you were the caretaker of your family, then your attorney will consider how your injuries influence your ability to carry out those duties. Your injuries may necessitate your family needing extra help to maintain the same quality of life as before.
Because these damages are the hardest to define, you want a lawyer who will fight tirelessly on your account. PGH knows how to describe your pain and suffering by using photographs, personal journals that chronicle your physical and emotional feelings, records from mental health professionals and other documentation that show how the wreck has negatively impacted your life.
Once you reach a settlement amount, you will need to pay a percentage to your attorney. Your lawyer will have worked for a contingency fee, which means you did not have to pay anything upfront. However, you will need to pay a fee based on the settlement amount, so it is in your best interest to ask what this fee is before hiring anyone.
It is vital to weigh all these factors in determining what you will likely receive by pursuing your truck wreck claim. In many cases, you will be offered a much lower amount to get you to settle as quickly as possible. You should always have your lawyer look at the offer as well as the circumstances surrounding the wreck to see if it would be prudent to accept it. It is possible to receive much more by filing a lawsuit, but every case is different.
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To have any chance of getting the best outcome possible, you need to hire an experienced, reliable and accessible legal team. Prince Glover Hayes has your back for any personal injury claim. We are here to serve anyone in the Tuscaloosa area, so please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your case.