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Thousands of trucking companies and millions of trucks keep essential goods and products flowing into the hands of consumers and other businesses. Unfortunately, commercial trucks cause their fair share of accidents while supplying the nation, with some causing serious injury and death. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, a Manhattan, KS, truck accident lawyer may be able to help you get justice.
The Palmer Law Group has spent the last few decades recovering tens of millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims in Manhattan and NE Kansas and may be able to do the same for you. If maximum compensation is what you are seeking for your injuries, then contact our office to speak with a seasoned Manhattan, KS, truck accident attorney.
Our strategy is simple: never back down when a client deserves more. It has won us the reputation of being a firm that does not entertain inadequate offers of compensation and is not afraid to take a claim all the way to trial.
When the Palmer Law Group represents you, you get a plaintiff’s law firm with:
Put your faith and your case in our hands just like so many have done in the past. Call our office at (785) 233-1836 to speak with an experienced Manhattan truck accident lawyer, and let us bring our many years of experience to bear on your case.
The injuries suffered in truck accidents typically cause substantial losses, and understandably so. These vehicles dwarf standard passenger vehicles by comparison. Sadly, fatalities, as well as catastrophic, life-changing injuries, are not uncommon in truck accidents.
Treating injuries is expensive. Factor in transportation costs, hospital stays, tests, and pharmaceuticals, and the final bill for treatment can be staggering. Add long-term care to the list, and you get a figure that is beyond the assets and net worth of most individuals. But these are not the only economic hits that victims and their families take.
Truck accident injury victims often need help maintaining their households. They are forced to hire help to buy groceries, cook meals, and clean the house and yard. Some must also pay for childcare services and elevated transportation costs for their children.
Many are forced to stay home from work and consequently miss out on income that would go far in their time of need. For injuries that require long-term treatment, the future income loss can be substantial.
Kansas recognizes non-economic damages (losses) in many instances. These are losses that touch your mental and emotional well-being. They do not come with a dollar value, like a doctor’s bill, but truck accident victims may seek compensation for them.
The types of non-economic damages in Kansas are:
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are only awarded when certain conditions are met. In general, the non-economic damage must be accompanied by a corresponding serious physical injury.
In Kansas, drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of insurance to cover certain economic losses. The state follows a “no-fault” system, so a driver’s own policy will cover their losses up to a limit. With what is known as personal injury protection (PIP), injured drivers have a direct path to covered treatment (up to policy limits) without dealing with the trucker’s or their employer’s insurance company.
However, policy limits don’t always cover an individual’s damages, and they do not cover non-economic damages. To pursue these, injury victims must file a claim against the insurance company of the other driver or another negligent party, such as the employer.
Truck drivers’ employers can be sued for compensation if their employee was negligent and caused a crash. They can also be sued for their own acts of negligence, such as:
Truck, tire, and equipment manufacturers may also be on the hook for supplying unreasonably dangerous or faulty equipment and vehicles.
With various sources of compensation, it is highly recommended that any truck accident victim interested in getting a worthy compensation payout should hire a truck accident attorney. The first consultation is free and well worth the time it takes. With an attorney spearheading the process, you can be sure they will diligently explore every source of compensation available to you.
While you are receiving treatment for your injuries and dealing with their effects on your life, our Manhattan truck accident lawyer will be doing everything necessary to resolve your claim. This includes many standard lawyer tasks, including:
Additionally, your Manhattan, KS, truck accident lawyer will deal with the insurance company adjusters and press them for a proper offer while rejecting their attempts to pay less than what you should have.
Because commercial trucks are such large vehicles, truck accidents typically involve multiple cars with multiple victims, which can complicate the claims process. With our Manhattan, KS, truck accident lawyer navigating your claim, you won’t have to worry about these intricacies. Your time is best spent looking after your injuries and personal needs, not worrying about whose insurance company to contact.
Also complicating the process is the highly regulated nature of the trucking industry, which sets trucking accident claims apart from normal car accident cases. Numerous federal and state regulations come into play when processing commercial truck accident claims. Our Manhattan truck accident attorney is well-versed in all relevant regulations and has helped many clients recover compensation for truck accident injuries.
A settlement is the product of two parties settling for less than the optimal outcome. It takes compromise and makes the whole process less of a zero-sum game compared to a trial. However, when an insurance company refuses to meet a client’s needs, we will go to trial to seek proper justice.
Palmer Law Group will never pressure you to make a decision regarding an offer. We will only advise you as to the validity of that offer. If you decide to reject an offer, we will continue fighting vigorously for you.
The claims process can net you a low payout or one that truly reflects your losses. Trusting in an experienced Manhattan, KS, truck accident attorney makes it more likely you will get the latter.
If you have questions regarding truck accidents and the claims process, please call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys. Until then, you may find some of the answers you are looking for below.
Yes. There is a two-year time limit for filing a truck accident lawsuit in Kansas. However, you should speak to a Manhattan, KS, truck accident attorney as soon after an accident as possible, even though two years seems like a long time. Your case may get weaker as time passes due to degrading evidence and problems with witnesses.
Truck accident lawyers typically charge nothing upfront and don’t get paid until you do. Known as a contingency fee basis, this type of agreement is beneficial for clients facing financial pressure, because the attorneys’ fees and costs don’t come due until the end of the case.
Until our Manhattan truck accident lawyer reviews your case, it is impossible to tell you how much you might receive. After analyzing the facts and other evidence, your truck accident lawyer will likely be able to give you an approximation of the value of your case.
Yes. You should absolutely consult with a Manhattan truck accident attorney before agreeing to any offer of settlement. You need a trustworthy evaluation of your case by someone other than an insurance adjuster.
It is impossible to say how long a case will take, because each case is different. If you have a complex case, such as one with more than two drivers, then your claim may take longer to resolve. Additionally, if negotiations do not produce the compensation you need, then your case may have to go to trial, which could lead to years of litigation. With that being said, the majority of truck accident cases do not go to trial. They are settled by the parties through a series of compromises.
Pedestrians and other injured parties without PIP can be compensated by the insurance policy of the driver who hit them. Passengers in cars may also be compensated by the PIP of the car in which they were injured. If there is no PIP or other form of insurance available, victims may be able to seek compensation from a state-run insurance fund for these types of situations.
Please call Palmer Law Group at (785) 233-1836 to discuss any further questions or concerns you have. It is important to us that you have the answers you need in order to feel comfortable moving forward with your claim for compensation.
Negligence underlies most of the truck accidents that occur. It is more than a simple lapse — it is a failure to act in a safe manner. Truck drivers have higher standards than other motor vehicle drivers. Their large vehicles require them to receive specialized training and to follow specific operational guidelines above and beyond what is required for driving a car.
When they fall below these standards and violate their training and the rules of operation, they typically do so in one or more of the following ways.
Rushing to meet deadlines, some commercial truck drivers drive past their allotted time limits. While some may make it, many doze off and drive into other vehicles. Log books exist to help police the problem, but it still continues because of deadline stress.
Tragically, some drivers would rather risk lives than refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs while driving. Some drivers take drugs to stay awake so that they can make it to a destination on time.
Distracted driving is a problem with normal-size vehicles and an even bigger one with semis. The slow response time of a big rig makes it nearly impossible to swerve in time to avoid a crash. Some of the distractions that truck drivers fall victim to are texting and internet-related activities and watching movies while driving.
Semi-trucks are not designed to be speed demons. However, truck drivers running late for drop-offs and pickups will often floor it to beat the clock. Unfortunately, these big machines usually cannot be stopped in time to avoid a hazard when going over the speed limit.
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If you have suffered an accident with a truck, call our office at (785) 233-1836 to speak with a truck accident attorney. You may qualify for significantly more compensation than you believe. Don’t let an insurance adjuster convince you that your case is worth less than it is. Set up a free consultation with our truck accident lawyer today.