Idaho Truck Accident Lawyer
Idaho Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting for the Rights of Injured Victims
If you’re hurt in a truck accident in Idaho, you may be facing injuries that go far beyond a typical car collision. Due to the considerable difference in size and weight when comparing passenger vehicles to trucks, you may experience severe trauma. Brain and head injuries, spinal cord damage, and permanent disabilities are common. For these serious injuries and others, you can expect long-term care and rehabilitation. You do have options to seek compensation, but the process is especially complex because multiple parties are involved.
The Idaho truck accident legal team at Hansen Injury Law tackles the tough challenges involved with these types of cases. Our attorneys fight for the rights of victims because truck accident law is one of our core practice areas, and we’ve helped many clients obtain compensation for their injuries. We have the legal knowledge and experience to take on drivers, trucking companies and insurers, both in settlement negotiations and in court.
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Our Attorneys Take on the Challenges Involved with Truck Accident Cases
In any type of accident based upon negligence, it’s necessary to prove that:
- The responsible driver had a duty to exercise a certain degree of care in operating his or her vehicle;
- That person failed to comply with this duty;
- There is a direct link between the breach of duty and the accident, in such a way that the driver’s actions caused the incident; and,
- The victim suffered losses as a result of the injuries caused by the responsible party’s conduct.
However, among the most daunting challenges in a typical truck accident case is the fact that there are multiple parties involved on the driver’s side of the matter. A victim must cover all bases when pursuing compensation, including:
- The driver who was actually operating the truck and whose actions were at fault in causing the accident;
- The trucking company employing the driver, if any; under the theory of vicarious liability, a principal is responsible for paying compensation to a victim when its agent causes an accident within the scope of employment;
- The insurance company that provides coverage for the driver and/or trucking company;
- The owner of the truck, if a different entity actually paid for and funds operation of the truck separately from the trucking company; and,
- Others that may be involved, depending on the facts of the case.
Injury Statistics from Truck Accidents
As you may expect, there are numerous types of casualties involved with truck accidents and the statistics are alarming:
- Almost a quarter of truck accidents result in severe injuries to a victim;
- A truck colliding with another vehicle was a factor in 74 percent of truck crashes;
- A victim is 10 times more likely to be killed in a truck collision than in a crash with a passenger vehicle; and,
- In 2012, there were 10.7 million trucks traveling on US roads; of them, 330,000 caused accidents that resulted in 3,802 fatalities and injuries to 77,000 people.
The most common types of injuries to victims include head and brain trauma; back and spinal cord injuries; bone fractures and skin lacerations; injuries to internal organs; and, bruises.
Seek the Compensation for Idaho Truck Accident Injuries
Victims of truck crashes are entitled to recover compensation for all types of damages that were directly caused by the accident. Damages are intended to make an injured person whole after the incident so it’s possible to obtain a financial award for:
- Medical costs;
- Lost income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of relationships that are impacted by the injuries, such as with the victim’s spouse, family members, and friends;
- Emotional trauma; and,
- Other losses based upon the circumstances.
Keep in mind that Idaho has enacted laws that may impact compensation in a truck accident case. Your rights or recovery amount might be affected by the state’s two-year statute of limitations, your own actions under comparative negligence laws, or the statutory cap on non-economic damages.
Consult with an Idaho Truck Accident Lawyer Right Away
You face an uphill battle if you’re hurt in a truck accident, as you’ll be dealing with trucking companies and insurers that have large legal teams and even bigger budgets. At Hansen Injury Law, our attorneys are at your side through the complicated claims process, but we’ll take the matter to court if necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have questions or would like to set up a free consultation to discuss your circumstances, please contact our office. We represent victims of truck accidents in Boise, Meridian, and throughout Ada County, ID.