Do I Need an Attorney After a Trucking Accident?

Do I Need an Attorney After a Trucking Accident?

As a local to Oklahoma, I’m sure you’ve seen a large number of trucks we have on our roads and highways. For many, the thought of getting into an accident with one of these behemoths is nightmare fuel. Rightfully so, as trucking accidents are some of the most damaging forms of auto accidents.

While trucking accidents are fairly common, many are unsure of what to do after being involved in one. Whether you were the truck driver, the driver of a different vehicle involved, or a pedestrian, you may qualify to receive compensation for your damages.

The biggest question we receive is “Do I need an attorney after my trucking accident?” To better answer that question we’ve come up with a list of some of the most common reasons in which you’d benefit from hiring an attorney.

You May Need an Attorney If

If you find yourself facing any of these problems following a trucking accident, you may need the assistance of an attorney to seek full compensation:

  • Broken bones - In most cases, if bones were broken, the accident was serious enough to seek compensation for the damage done.

  • Long stay in the hospital - If you had an extended stay in the hospital, it’s safe to say that you may have racked up medical bills. Hiring an experienced attorney will assist in getting the compensation you deserve.

  • Your long-term health has been affected - If the accident was serious enough to cause long-term health problems, hiring an attorney is in your best interest, as you may not have a numerical value of all the bills to come.

  • One’s life was lost in the accident - If a life was lost due to the accident you were involved in, it is definitely worth hiring an attorney, as it may be considered a wrongful death.

  • Medical bills surpassing an amount you’re comfortable spending - If your medical bills or other spending associated to the accident, have risen past what you’re comfortable spending—an experienced attorney may be able to help.

  • The accident caused you to miss multiple days/weeks of school, work, or routine activities - If you’ve missed time at work or school while trying to recover, you may be entitled to receive lost wages.

  • Emotional suffering or loss of companionship - Following the accident, if you found yourself suffering from emotional damage or loss of companionship, seeking medical help is almost always necessary to return to a normal life. Hiring an attorney to fight for you may help you receive compensation for medical bills. “loss of companionship” can include the grief from the loss of sexual relations or the loss of the ability to have children.

  • There is a dispute about which party is responsible - When there is a dispute between which party is responsible, it’s best to have an experienced attorney step in and help guide you through the process.

  • Multiple people were harmed as a result of the accident - If multiple people were harmed as a result of the accident, there is usually the question of who is at fault—making the filing process much more complicated.

  • You were in a construction zone or another uncertain area - When a construction zone or another questionable area is involved with your trucking accident, there are other complexities that go into the potential case.

  • Details are complex (medical, legal, financial) - Similar to a construction zone accident, if your case details are complex, hiring an attorney to help dissect the laws and fight for your rights is something you should consider doing to make the process much smoother.

  • Your insurance company is not holding true to their end of the claim - When the insurance company is giving you a hard time issuing the funds you believe you are entitled to, seeking help from an experienced attorney may be your best plan of attack. Our attorneys are familiar with common insurance company tactics and have the tools in their arsenal to combat them.

Comparative Fault in Oklahoma

What if you find yourself partially at fault, is there any chance of still receiving compensation?

Oklahoma law states that a person’s contributory negligence does not take away their right to receive compensation for recovery. It does state however that any amount recovered will be reduced, in proportion to the amount of contributory negligence. A plaintiff’s negligence must be less than the negligence of the other party involved, or they will be unable to recover—meaning that in order to recover, your negligence contributing to your injuries must be 50% or less.

Where We Can Help

At Ervin & Ervin, we understand that being involved in a trucking accident can change your life forever. We also know just how confusing the process of seeking compensation can be and how you may be left feeling lost and hopeless.

Our Oklahoma trucking accident attorneys are here to guide you through the process each step of the way and provide a shoulder to lean on with confidence. You can trust in our experience to seek the most favorable outcome for your case.

Call us today at (918) 994-0880 for a free consultation.