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Truck Accident Compensation

Has a truck accident left you with injuries and/or damages? Regardless of whether you were behind the wheel, a passenger, on the clock, or in another vehicle, if you’ve been harmed physically, emotionally or financially by the incident, you could be entitled to truck accident compensation.

Semi-trailers and other types of trucks are big and heavy, making crashes involving these vehicles particularly risky. Unfortunately, this means that truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in Australia. As a result, Sinnamon Lawyers has seen our fair share of these claims. Our truck accident lawyers will work on a No Win No Fee basis when they take your case.

The Truck Accident Compensation Process

Each case is different, but there are five stages that truck accident claims generally go through:

  1. Someone from Sinnamon Lawyers will get to know you and your situation by discussing exactly how the crash occurred.
  2. You’ll sign an agreement with your lawyer so they can start building your case.
  3. Our team will collect case-supporting evidence over a number of months (typically 6 to 9).
  4. Your lawyer will negotiate with the other party/parties, aiming to achieve a settlement without going to court.
  5. We will settle your claim and process your compensation (if negotiations prove to be unsuccessful, we will proceed to court and seek settlement that way).

Your legal professional will represent and support you at every stage of this process.

What compensation could I be entitled to?

Compensation payouts can vary wildly between cases, typically depending on factors such as:

• The severity of your injuries

• How old you are

• How much income you have lost (and will lose) due to your injuries

• The amount of care you require (including at-home help)

• How much money you’ve had to spend as a result of the accident (e.g. medical fees).

Your lawyer will be able to provide you with a clearer idea of the figure you might be looking at once they have a detailed knowledge of your claim.

How long will my truck accident claim take?

From start to finish, your truck accident compensation claim should take between 12 and 18 months. However, this timeframe can vary from case to case depending on the complexity of the evidence and the actions of the other parties involved. For example, if they don’t agree to settle out of court, this could extend the length of your claim.

What costs are involved in a truck accident claim?

Your case’s fees will depend on its duration and how much legal work is involved. However, with a No Win No Fee law firm, you won’t be required to pay anything upfront. Rather, your legal costs will be determined at the conclusion of your case and subtracted automatically from your compensation payout. Of course, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be liable for any expenses.

What’s the difference between a truck accident claim and a car accident claim?

Legally, truck accident claims are treated much the same as car accident claims. However, the injuries and consequences are commonly more severe when a heavy vehicle was involved in the collision. This means the compensation amount can sometimes be higher than in car accident cases. Also, driver fatigue tends to be a more frequent contributing factor in truck accidents.

If the truck involved was a commercial vehicle, this can slightly affect the claim process. Sometimes the company that owns the truck will launch their own private investigation into the incident. For the most part, though, a truck accident compensation claim is no different from a car accident claim.

Do you have other questions about truck accident compensation? Our expert team would be happy to answer them. Please contact us online or call our firm on 1800 007 277.

 

Please contact me regarding an accident

You can call us on 1800 007 277 or complete the attached form and we will call you almost immediately.

If you would like to tell us a bit more about your accident before we call you, please use the online enquiry form.