When a commercial truck – such as an 18 wheeler – is involved in an accident with a car, your attorney must be able to prove that the truck driver was liable, or at fault, for the accident. This is especially so if injuries were involved or if a death occurred. Because the laws that govern the trucking industry are complex at the federal and state level, your attorney must have the knowledge and experience to win the case. Attorney Paul VanDerwerken has settled more than 2000 car accident cases and has successfully taken more than 125 to trial before judge and jury. He offers a free consultation to discuss your case.
At the Law Office of Paul VanDerwerken, the services of accident reconstruction experts are utilized to recreate the accident. Additional material that is often useful is information from the truck’s “black box.” Our experts also obtain the driver’s driving records and background information. This information is legally obtained through a process known as discovery. Eyewitnesses are interviewed and their testimony may be essential to the case. If surveillance footage exists, it may be entered into evidence.
Compensatory damages are sought for injuries. Medical experts are often utilized to assess the ultimate costs of the damages involved to the injured party or parties. In catastrophic injury cases, long term care is generally needed and the costs often run into the millions of dollars. Years or a lifetime of care may be needed.
Calculations are made, based on the evidence and projected costs. Other damages include:
If the insurance company or responsible parties offer an appropriate and reasonable amount of compensation, you and your attorney will decide whether to accept the offer or not. If the offer is insufficient, or the opposing party denies liability, Attorney VanDerwerken will take the case to court before a judge and jury to prove damages and that the opposing party was indeed liable.
If you were injured, it is essential to hold the responsible party accountable and to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. Attorney VanDerwerken has a 95% success rate of settling cases, often avoiding the need to go to trial. Cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no legal fees involved unless your case is won or settled. To schedule a free case review, contact The Law Office of Attorney Paul VanDerwerken at 702-385-5050.