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What are truck accident claims?

A transport truck’s sheer size and load can turn accidents instantly fatal, with critical, lasting effects on victims and families. Along with these inherent risks, transport trucks are not immune to road hazards, poor conditions, and reckless driving that can cause a fatal truck accident. When a truck driver causes a collision due to negligence, recklessness, overloading, or other traffic violation, they — and their trucking company — may be held liable for their actions that caused the crash. Compared to passenger cars, the trucking industry is subject to distinct restrictions. Truck accident statistics in Canada are on the rise these days.

Zayouna Law Firm is highly experienced in dealing with car and truck accidents and building strong, successful claims against at-fault drivers and companies. Our truck accident attorney helps victims and loved ones cope with the catastrophic outcomes suffered, and claim rightful compensation. We fight for your and your loved ones’ recovery from a traumatic truck collision. A truck accident attorney can handle every part of your case while you concentrate on getting better or caring for a family member who was hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Working with a Truck Accident Lawyer

Transport truck accidents are tragic — not only for motorists and pedestrians who suffered the immediate impact, but families who continue to suffer the ripple effects, from grief and trauma, to financial hardship. You should not have to suffer these consequences. A truck accident lawyer can find all responsible parties in your specific situation and file a lawsuit to hold them accountable.

Hire an experienced truck accident attorney who knows how to navigate the complicated legal issues that do not commonly arise in truck accident cases.

As in any motor vehicle accident, a truck collision entitles victims to accident benefits. It’s one of the main purposes of auto insurance, which all drivers are legally required to carry. All of the employees of the truck company must ensure that this auto insurance is in place.

Accident benefits are designed to cover the cost of medical and rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, and income replacement. But entitlement to benefits does not always equate to a substantial or even successful claim. Insurance providers are known to dispute, delay, minimize, and deny otherwise valid claims. It can be very challenging to navigate the legal system, comprehend the full scope of your losses, and negotiate the best settlement without the assistance of an experienced truck accident lawyer.

For victims and their families, this only worsens the financial and emotional impact of a catastrophic accident involving a truck. Even when claims are successful, these can be delayed, or injuries are reclassified as minor, leading to more pain and suffering.

At Zayouna Law Firm, our experienced truck accident lawyers can help you seek and recover the rightful compensation including you deserve in a commercial truck accident. Filing a tort claim is a legal options victims and families can pursue to seek damages from at-fault parties under the full extent of the law.

You can file a tort claim for truck accidents against at-fault drivers and their trucking companies. This allows you to hold them liable for their actions — such as negligent or reckless driving, truck overloading, and poor vehicle maintenance — that caused the truck accident.

While it is impossible to put a price on your pain and suffering, a tort claim can quantify the losses you suffered, and seek compensation for the lasting physical, emotional, and financial impact of a trucking accident, including:

  • Death
  • Medical bills and rehabilitation expenses
  • Attendant care
  • Home accessibility modifications
  • Housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Lost income and earning capacity.

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Cause for Truck Accident Claims

A truck accident changes your life in an instant — forever. Even years later, it remains traumatic to victims and families. From disastrous injuries or loss of a loved one to lasting impairment and financial hardships, a collision can leave victims confused and hopeless.

Do you have a viable truck accident claim? With the assistance of a truck accident lawyer a successful claim offers you and your loved one’s relief from pain and suffering in the form of rightful compensation and justice against negligent parties.

Find out about the common scenarios and catastrophic outcomes eligible for damages against at-fault drivers and trucking companies in a truck accident.

Some truck accident victims have permanent disabilities or have a restricted ability to work in the future, which causes lost wages. Those victims might be entitled to financial compensation in this situation for lost future profits due to serious injuries.

Transport trucks are built with an inherent risk due to their size and volume. But when a negligent or reckless truck driver is behind the wheel, and a trucking company fails to follow proper loading and vehicle maintenance procedures, they may be held liable for a truck accident:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield right of way
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inexperience and poor training of truck drivers
  • Engine, brake, and other mechanical failures
  • Truck overloading
  • Poor road conditions.

Faced with over 6 to 40 times their vehicle’s weight, other motorists — and more so, pedestrians — really are no match against transport trucks. A passenger vehicle involved in a car accident with another passenger vehicle is likely to experience a very different outcome than one with a truck. Colliding with a truck often results in these fatal effects compared to car accidents:

  • Wrongful death
  • Multiple fractures and severe injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paraplegia, tetraplegia, or quadriplegia
  • Whiplash injuries.

Our Truck Accident Claim Process

At Zayouna Law Firm, we value road safety and the rights of every motorist. We understand the catastrophic outcomes of massive accidents, such as those involving trucks. Our truck accident attorneys help victims and families navigate the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll of these devastating accidents, and ensure that all at-fault parties are held liable.
The choice to hire a personal injury attorney can be challenging, and it will surely have a significant impact on how your case turns out.

  • 1Consultation: Know your legal options in the face of a truck accident, including claims you can file, and against which at-fault parties. Book a free consultation with our truck accident attorneys to determine if you have a viable claim, and the compensation you stand to receive under the law.
  • 2File your truck accident claim: We will represent you in all court proceedings and settlement negotiations. Our truck accident lawyers compile and present exhaustive documentary evidence built on the physical, emotional, and financial impact of a catastrophic accident. On your behalf, a truck accident lawyer can determine who is at fault, gather evidence from the accident scene, speak with eyewitnesses, negotiate with the insurance company, and, if necessary, take the case to trial.
  • 3Resolution: Our goal is the best outcome — adequate and expedient compensation for your pain and suffering. We advocate for you at every step of the process, from supporting your rehabilitation and other immediate needs, to claiming accident benefits, and seeking damages against at-fault parties. Our fees are contingent on recovering damages from your claim. Our firm provides the best truck accident lawyer to help you claim your benefits even for your loved one's wrongful death.

    Our success in truck accident cases stems from our meticulous investigation of the causes of the truck crash. Following a commercial truck accident, we look at all the facts to determine if the accident was caused by a negligent driver or if there are other factors such as defective auto parts.

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Our Truck Accident Lawyers’ Expertise

Zayouna Law Firm has your truck accident lawyer. We bring vast legal expertise spanning all areas of motor vehicle accident law and personal injury law to your case. Our commitment is expert representation and advocacy for your best interests in and out of the courtroom, ensuring recovery, healing, and a path forward following a catastrophic truck accident.

  • Results: Our track record in truck accident assertion and lawsuits is unparalleled, resulting in the most notable settlements and verdicts in Ontario. Thanks to our work with medical and rehabilitation, accident reconstruction, and financial experts, we have helped countless clients secure rightful compensation for their injuries and losses.
  • Relationships: As members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Ontario Bar Association, we are recognized for our success in personal injury law. But we wouldn’t be here without you — our clients whom we serve with expert legal representation, constant communication, and full participation throughout the legal process.
  • Recovery: Zayouna cares about you — your life years after the accident, and outside the courtroom. We connect you with rehabilitation experts who can help you recover and improve your quality of life. We help you obtain more than just financial compensation.

Truck Accident Lawyers FAQs

You are required to notify your insurance company within 7 days of a trucking accident, and file an accident benefits claim within 30 days.

In Ontario, truck accidents have a short statute of limitations or the allowable period for which you can pursue legal action. You only have 120 days to notify the at-fault parties of your intent to sue, and two years to commence a lawsuit. Note that you must have filed a claim for accident benefits before pursuing a tort claim. It is important to note that in order to obtain maximum compensation, you must first file a claim for accident benefits. 

Another important consideration is the requirement for commercial trucking companies to retain certain evidence. Key evidence pieces, such as black box data that records the speed at the time of the accident, as well as a dashcam and red light camera footage, might be destroyed if you wait too long to commence your claim.

Aside from the truck driver, there are a number of other potentially liable parties in a truck accident, such as:

  • The Trucking company where the contracted truck drivers work
  • Company responsible for truck maintenance
  • Owners of truck’s cab and trailer, if owned separately
  • Company responsible for loading the truck
  • Company that manufactured the truck’s contents, if packaged incorrectly, contributing to a rollover crash
  • Truck manufacturer for mechanical defects
  • Their insurance providers, if accident benefits were minimized or denied.

In Ontario, you are entitled to the following insurance accident benefits amounts in a truck accident case:

  • Medical and rehabilitation: $50,000
  • Attendant care: $3,000, up to maximum of $36,000
  • Income replacement: $400 per week, $185 for non-wage earners.

In large truck accidents, You may also be eligible for additional benefits in the case of catastrophic injuries. On the other hand, an insurance company can attempt to classify your injuries as minor, which reduces available medical and rehabilitation benefits to $3,500, and removes attendant care benefits. Along with any records that establish loss, gather and assemble all of your medical bills and expenses related to the injury to get maximum compensation.

In personal injury cases, there are some essential elements of negligence, like in a car accident or truck accident. A truck accident victim must prove: The truck driver owes him a duty of care to drive prudently and safely. The truck driver violated or broke his or her duty of care. You or your loved one were hurt as a result of that carelessness. Your lawyer may record the eyewitness’s statement, take pictures of the accident scene, and thoroughly examine the vehicle to know the damages that occurred.

A lot of professional truck drivers are under pressure to complete deliveries by a certain time. Because of this, a truck driver may become fatigued and cause distracted driving while driving a truck that weighs more than 20 times as much as the cars next to it. Long hours of driving for a truck driver may cause them to make rash choices or lose consciousness behind the wheel from exhaustion and cause truck crashes. Cargo can move during transit if it hasn’t been loaded correctly or if weight limits haven’t been followed. There might also be jackknife accidents on a busy highway, but everyone would be safe and could seek medical assistance for any injuries. Over speeding of truck drivers often cause trucking accidents. These are the causes of most truck accidents that happen from the driver’s side.

Commercial trucks are part of the backbone of a country’s economy and allow goods to travel quickly across states and to consumers. Even though commercial trucks are an essential part of economic growth, they involve many fatal accidents. These are the main differences:

  • Commercial truck crashes involve greater damage than car accidents
  • Commercial trucks are susceptible to different types of collision
  • Commercial trucks accidents involve multiple parties including the company that loaded the cargo, the commercial truck driver and other vehicle drivers.

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