Category Archives: Truck Accidents

What Is the Hours of Service Rule for Truck Drivers?

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Commercial truck drivers must follow strict state and federal regulations while operating their vehicles. These rules are in place to ensure the safety of these drivers and the motorists they share the road with. One of the most important rules is known as hours of service, which establishes limits on the number of hours a driver can operate without taking a break. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow hours of service regulations, leading to serious collisions.

FMCSA Regulations for Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency responsible for overseeing commercial truck operations in the United States. Its hours of service rule limits the amount of time a truck driver can drive during a single shift and is in place to combat driver fatigue.

These rules are as follows.

  • Drivers that carry property may drive a maximum of 11 hours after spending 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Proper-carrying drivers may not drive more than 14 consecutive hours after beginning their shift. They must take at least 10 hours off duty before driving for 14 hours.
  • When a driver has driven for 8 cumulative hours, he or she must take a break for at least 30 consecutive minutes.
  • A driver cannot drive more than 60 to 70 hours over 7 to 8 consecutive days. A driver can restart a 7 or 8 day period after he or she takes at least 34 consecutive hours off duty.
  • If a driver has a sleeper berth in his or her vehicle, he or she can divide his or her required 10-hour off-duty period. One off-duty period must be at least 2 hours long and the other must be at least 7 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth.
  • If a driver encounters adverse driving conditions, he or she can extend his or her 11-hour driving limit and 14-hour maximum limit by up to 2 hours.

Why Is the Hours of Service Rule Important?

It can be very dangerous for the operator of a large semi-truck to fall asleep behind the wheel, and the hours of service rule prevents these accidents from happening. According to FMCSA regulations, a commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. These trucks are much larger and heavier than the average passenger car, and collisions between the two types of vehicles can be catastrophic.

However, truck drivers often face pressure to meet tight deadlines. They may violate these rules and spend an unsafe amount of time driving their vehicles. As a result, a driver can fall asleep behind the wheel and lose control of his or her vehicle, leading to disastrous accidents.

Fatigued driving can be extremely dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 91,000 crashes in 2017 involved drowsy drivers. These accidents contribute to an estimated 50,000 injuries and 800 deaths each year. Unfortunately, hours of service violations can lead to catastrophic accidents.

Legal Options for Truck Accident Victims

If you are in an accident with a drowsy truck driver, you have the right to hold the driver responsible for your losses. Through a truck accident lawsuit, you can recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you sustained due to his or her negligence. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may also hold the trucking company liable.

In these situations, you need a truck accident attorney on your side. A lawyer can represent you in your lawsuit against the negligent driver, securing the compensation you need to heal. Contact a Bakersfield truck accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

Posted by highrank at 5:07 pm

How Commercial Truck Accidents are Different than Passenger Vehicle Accidents

Monday, December 14, 2020

Commercial truck accidents differ from passenger vehicle accidents on many levels, including physical damage wrought, injuries sustained, multiple negligent parties, and insurance policies. If you’re involved in an accident involving a commercial truck (also referred to as a semi-truck or tractor-trailer) you will quickly realize that truck accident claims require a different approach than an accident involving only passenger vehicles, and here’s why.

Truck Accident Injuries and Physical Damages are Usually More Severe

The severity of truck accidents is often due to their weight and dimensions, which contributes to longer stopping distances, wider turn radiuses, and larger blind spots. Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds which is 20 times heavier than the average car. Due to this difference, personal injuries sustained in a truck vs. car accident are usually more catastrophic, including death. The physical damage to a vehicle in a truck accident can also be severe and often the car’s condition is considered to be “totaled” (when the damage to repair the car exceeds the value of the car).

 Multiple Negligent Parties May Be Involved in Commercial Truck Accident Claims

When there is a car crash between two vehicles, usually only one person is at fault. When there is a crash involving a commercial truck, there may be multiple negligent parties involved. On top of this, each party may have their own separate insurance policies. Negligent parties can include:

  • Truck driver
  • Truck or parts manufacturers
  • Truck mechanics
  • Parent truck company
  • Freight brokers
  • Loading companies

Regulations for Truck Drivers and the Truck Companies

Commercial truck drivers and truck companies must comply with many federal trucking regulations, including the driving hours, training, truck maintenance, and much more. Navigating violations of these regulations is not an easy task.

 Massive Insurance Policies

In a truck accident case, there is a lot of money at stake because truck insurance policies are often worth millions. Therefore, the trucking insurance policies will aggressively defend their clients to avoid liability.

Compensation for Damages Incurred in a Truck Accident

Injured parties in a truck accident have the right to be compensated for medical care, rehabilitation, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and damages associated with pain and suffering, emotional suffering, and loss of consortium or diminishment of relations with a spouse.

Investigating Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are complex. Investigations are extensive and can require many months of research in addition to knowledge of federal and state trucking regulations.

Our Bakersfield trucking accident attorneys of Rodriguez & Associates have handled hundreds of truck accidents. Founder and senior attorney Daniel Rodriguez, along with attorneys Chantal Trujillo and Danay Gonzalez, obtained the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289 for a truck vs SUV case. We are familiar with truck accidents’ engineering, truckers’ fatigue, and other issues that lead to catastrophic accidents.

If you – or someone you love – has been a victim of a truck accident, contact us today. Call us at (661) 323-1400 for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 2:38 pm

Types of Truck Accidents

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

According to the 2018 report from American Trucking Associations, 11.49 billion tons of freight was transported by large commercial trucks (also referred to as semis, big rigs or tractor-trailers) in 2018. Trucks are on our roads and highways daily and, unfortunately, truck accidents happen due to driver fatigue, mechanical failures, unsafe driving, and other causes such as drug/alcohol use, distracted driving or lack of skill.

Truck accidents involving other vehicles are severe and, often, fatal. Here are the common types of truck accidents that occur.

Head-On: A head-on accident is often due to distracted driving or driver fatigue (drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel). These accidents usually result in serious injury or death.

Jackknife: A jackknife accident is when a driver brakes fast and the trailer slides outward to a 90-degree angle of the truck cab. This type of accident can cause vehicles behind the truck to collide with the truck or with each other when trying to stop suddenly.

Rollover: A rollover is when a commercial truck loses control and rolls over on its side. These types of accidents may crush other cars on the road.

T-Bone: A T-Bone accident occurs when a truck runs a red light or stop sign and hits a car on its side.

Wide Turn: This type of accident occurs when a truck driver is attempting to turn in one direction but swings out to the other before making the turn. If the truck hits another vehicle while swinging out, the accident is referred to as a wide turn or “swinging turn” accident.

Blind Spot: A big rig has many more blind spots than a regular sized car. A blind spot accident is when a truck driver is changing lanes and is unaware of a car (or cars) in the lane he is going into and as he moves over, he hits the car(s) or forces them off the road.

Underride Accident: An underride accident is when a truck stops abruptly and the car behind it doesn’t stop in time and gets lodged under the truck trailer. These accidents are often fatal.

Tire Blowout: When a tire blowout happens on a truck, it can cause the driver to lose control and/or tire debris can fly out and hit cars around the truck, causing an accident.

Rear-end Collision: If a driver in front of a truck stops suddenly, the truck may have not enough stopping room and will rear-end the car. A rear-end collision between a commercial truck and a car can cause significant damage and injuries.

Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of commercial truck accident cases. In 2019, we obtained a $70.5 million verdict, the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history, for a family who was driving in an SUV when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into them.

Learn more about the truck case in this video from personal injury attorney Daniel Rodriguez, founder + president of Rodriguez & Associates.

If you are looking for an experienced truck accident attorney, contact us at (661) 323-1400 or toll free (800) 585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 3:42 pm

How Long Do Commercial Truck Accident Cases Take to Settle?

Monday, June 22, 2020

Settling a case that involves a large commercial truck (such as a tractor trailer) often takes longer to resolve than an accident involving only cars because there are more components to the claim. In our experience as truck accident attorneys in Bakersfield, these are some of the factors that are involved.

Liability Investigation

An investigation of who was at fault will be done by your attorney and also by the truck’s insurance company. Many truck companies hold insurance policies that are $1 million or more so their goal will be to keep the claim amount as low as possible. Their investigation will try to build a case showing the driver was not at fault – or was only partially at fault. Because they will examine every possibility, investigations may take months or even years.

Injuries and Medical Treatment

Most personal injury cases are resolved when the victim is fully recovered, but injuries that involve a semi-truck may be more traumatic with a longer recovery period, thereby increasing the time it takes to settle the case. Settling the case without a clear picture of total injuries and/or necessary future medical treatment, is not advisable because it may result in an amount that will not fully compensate the victim.

Insurance Company Negotiations for a Settlement

As stated above, insurance companies have much more to lose if the truck driver is found to be at fault so they will aggressively defend the driver and the trucking company. Therefore, negotiations between the truck insurance company attorneys and your attorneys may be very lengthy. If nothing can be agreed upon, a lawsuit will be the next step.

A truck accident is unique and unlike an accident involving only cars. If you’re involved in a commercial truck accident, you will want to hire an attorney who is an expert in the field. Our Bakersfield truck accident lawyers have handled hundreds of truck accidents. We obtained the highest personal injury verdict (over $70 million) in Kern County history for an accident involving a big rig.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, call our Bakersfield personal injury law firm at (661) 323-1400 or 800-585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 6:51 pm

The Importance of Evidence in Trucking Accidents

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Accidents that involve a car and a truck, such as a big rig (also referred to as a tractor-trailer), often result in more catastrophic injuries and/or death because of the sheer difference in size and weight of both vehicles. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to have an expert truck accident attorney on your side because the case can be complicated. Your attorney must be familiar with state and federal transportation laws, motor vehicle carrier rules, and also the trucking company’s safety rules. In addition to this, your attorney must recognize the importance of collecting evidence early on in the case. This evidence can help build value into your case to work towards your advantage, and includes:

Evidence about the driver:

  • The truck driver’s qualifications file and the training file
  • The driver inspection records
  • Post-collision drug and alcohol screening
  • The driver’s log – close examination can determine if the driver has falsified their log. Drivers report inaccurate data for many reasons – including earning more money for driving more miles in a short amount of time, off-the-books incentives (bonuses) from their employer for “good service” by delivering their load early; or trying to make up time for a late start.

Evidence involving the truck:

  •  Maintenance history
  • Inspection history
  • Data from onboard systems relating to the engine, brakes, etc.,
  • Data from onboard GPS tracking and communication systems

Evidence involving the truck’s load and cargo:

  •  Weight tickets
  • Bills of lading
  • Trip envelopes
  • Dispatch instructions
  • Delivery documents

An experienced truck accident attorney will know what evidence to collect – and how to collect it – for your case.

If you are involved in a truck accident, here is additional evidence that your attorney will be looking for:

  • Pictures from the scene of the accident. If you are injured and cannot take photos at the scene of the accident, request that a family member takes detailed photos of your injuries as soon as you are able to communicate with them. Police or media may also have pictures from the scene.
  • Testimony from you and/or other witnesses plus expert witness testimony from professionals about your injuries (doctors, EMTs, etc.,)
  • Medical records from your injuries. These can help predict your long-term prognosis which can affect the value of your claim.

Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of truck accident cases. If you, or someone you love, has been involved in a truck accident, contact us today (661-323-1400) for a no-cost consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:05 pm

Rodriguez and Associates Obtains Record $70 Million Verdict on Behalf of a Family Injured in a Major Big Rig Accident

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Rodriguez & Associates obtained a $70,578,289 verdict on behalf of a family injured in a major crash with a big rig in Bakersfield, California that happened in August of 2017.

Tomasa Cuevas, mother of Alex and Maritiza, was driving her kids to shop for school clothes when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into their SUV at the intersection of Pamana Road and Union Avenue in Bakersfield.

Tomasa was knocked unconscious and experienced a moderate traumatic brain injury and numerous skull and face fractures.

Her son, Alex Cuevas, was a cross-country runner. Because of the car crash, doctors said Alex may never run again. He was the front passenger during the accident who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, facial fractures, and skull fractures.

The rear passenger was 11-year-old Maritza Cuevas who witnessed the horrific injuries to her mom and brother.

The $70,578,289 verdict is the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history.

Our Bakersfield personal injury law firm has more multi-million-dollar verdicts than any other law firm in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:34 pm

What Is the Difference Between Punitive Damages and Actual Damages?

Monday, November 11, 2019

In a personal injury lawsuit, you have the right to collect compensatory damages for losses you suffered in an accident that was not your fault. The aftermath of these accidents can leave us with unexpected medical expenses, lost wages while we are healing, property damage, emotional anguish, and more – and filing a lawsuit provides a pathway to recover from these significant damages. There are many types of damages you can claim, including actual damages and punitive damages.

What Are Actual Damages?

Actual damages refer to the financial, physical, and emotional losses you suffered as a result of the accident. They make up the bulk of the settlement that the court can award you at the conclusion of your case, and seek to help you restore your financial standing to what it was prior to the accident. To claim these damages, you will need to prove that the accident was the direct cause for them.

Actual damages come in two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages refer to the tangible financial losses you suffered from in the course of the accident. You can prove these damages in court by supplying invoices, receipts, and bills. Common economic damages include the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses for doctor’s visits, surgeries, hospitalization, etc.
  • Lost wages during recovery time or loss of earning the ability
  • Disability accommodations to a home or vehicle
  • Property damage

On the other hand, you cannot supply receipts or invoices to prove non-economic damages. These actual damages include the intangible losses you suffer in the wake of an accident, commonly known as pain and suffering damages. Some examples of non-economic damages include the following.

  • Emotional distress
  • Chronic pain
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of quality of life

Courts calculate the amount of the non-economic damages you can claim in different ways. In most situations, the jury will examine the facts of your case after your attorney proves that the at-fault party is the cause of your injuries. Based on your case, the jury will assign an amount based on a combination of evidence and reasonability.

In the state of California, there are no caps on economic or non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits. However, there is a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

What Are Punitive Damages?

On the other hand, the court does not intend for punitive damages to restore your financial standing to what it was prior to the accident. Their purpose is to punish the at-fault party in your case for dangerous, reckless, negligent, or intentional behavior. At the conclusion of your case, the at-fault party will have to pay punitive damages on top of actual damages – they will not affect the outcome of your settlement.

The court will determine whether or not the at-fault party acted in a way that warrants punitive damages and makes a decision on the amount he or she will have to pay. The amount can vary based on the circumstances of your case, and the more severe cases typically result in a higher amount of punitive damages.

Do You Need an Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case?

Calculating these damages and knowing exactly how much you can claim in civil court can be difficult. You may forget about a certain line item that you could claim as an economic loss, or remain unsure of whether or not you qualify for non-economic damages. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, consider hiring a personal injury attorney to assist you with your case.

Your lawyer can help you determine which economic and non-economic damages you can claim, collect the evidence necessary to prove your economic losses, advise you on the amount of non-economic damages you might receive, and whether or not your case could qualify for punitive damages.

If you are grappling with the aftermath of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or reckless, you have legal options available to you. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to claim actual and punitive damages for your losses. If you have not done so already, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to begin the filing process.

Posted by highrank at 6:05 pm

Should I Give a Recorded Statement to the Truck Driver’s Insurance Company?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

If you recently suffered injuries in a semi-truck accident, you may have received a call or visit from an insurance claims adjuster. This adjuster may tell you that he or she wants to receive a recorded statement from you about the accident. He or she may claim that the company wants to settle your case as soon as possible to help you recover.

Why Do Insurance Adjusters Want Recorded Statements?

Insurance companies typically ask for a recorded statement after a semi-truck accident because they want to know what your version of events is leading up to the accident. The adjuster will use the statement you give to them, as well as the at-fault driver’s statement, to build a picture of your claim. However, information gathering is not the only reason that the insurance adjuster wants to record your statement.

Insurance companies often try to solicit a recorded statement from you soon after your accident because you may not know all of the details of your accident. They will use this recorded statement as concrete evidence against you if your case goes to trial – even if you say something you believe is true at that moment and find out more information later, the insurance company can use the statement to discredit you.

Avoid Giving a Recorded Statement Before Speaking to Your Attorney

If an insurance adjuster approaches you after your accident asking for a recorded statement, do not speak with him or her before contacting a Bakersfield truck accident attorney. The adjuster may make it seem like the company requires you to provide this statement in order to progress in your claim, but this is not true.

You are not required to give a recorded statement to the truck driver’s insurance company. Since you are filing a third-party claim, the company cannot require you to make a statement. If you were filing a claim with your own company, you would have to give a statement. In the majority of semi-truck accident cases, however, you are making a third-party claim.

Insurance adjusters can be very tricky. They can often ask you misleading questions to try and confuse you or say something that the company can use against you as evidence later on. As a result, you can see a lower compensation amount at the end of your claim or the courts could reduce the truck driver’s liability in your claim.

Tips for Giving a Recorded Statement

You should not give a recorded statement to an insurance company until after you have had a chance to speak with your attorney. The adjuster cannot require you to give a recorded statement. However, insurance adjusters can use aggressive tactics to obtain these recordings. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to give a recorded statement, follow these tips to protect your claim.

  • Request that the insurance adjuster does not record the conversation. This makes it harder for the company to use your words against you in court because the evidence is not concrete.
  • Give succinct, to-the-point answers. Always answer slowly and clearly, and do not ramble.
  • If you don’t know the exact answer to the question, do not guess. Simply say “I don’t know” or “I don’t know the facts yet.”
  • Do not admit to any type of fault. Even if you think you may be partially liable at that point, admitting fault could reduce your claim significantly.
  • Do not accept a settlement from the insurance adjuster. The amount will likely be much lower than what you actually need to recover.
  • Do not volunteer information to the insurance adjuster. Only give answers to the questions he or she asks of you.

Remember, you do not have to give a recorded statement to an insurance company in a truck accident case. Be careful with what you tell the insurance adjuster and avoid giving any information about your injuries or the circumstances of your accident early on in your claim. Always contact your attorney before you speak to the insurance adjuster. Contact Rodriguez & Associates today.

Posted by highrank at 10:10 pm

How Long Do Semi-Truck Accident Cases Last?

Monday, July 1, 2019

If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you could experience significant damages in the months to come. Due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, you may suffer from serious injuries in these accidents, as well as extensive damage to your car and belongings.

You can claim damages for your losses through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, but these cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to conclude. Because of how severe and complicated semi-truck accidents can be, they can sometimes take longer to settle than the average car accident claim.

What Factors Can Lengthen My Semi-Truck Accident Case?

Several factors can impact the length of a Bakersfield semi-truck accident case. Because of the damage that semi-trucks can cause, plus the corporate and government bodies that may be involved, you may need to navigate some very complicated legal considerations.

• The more severe your injuries, the longer your case will likely be. Your attorney will need to determine the extent of your injuries so he or she can calculate your damages for medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. You may need to wait until you reach maximum recovery before your attorney can resolve your case. While you may want to resolve your claim while you are still recovering from your injuries, your attorney will likely advise against this. You may not know the precise nature of your injuries, and could lose out on compensation to aid your recovery.

• Semi-trucks accident cases may involve government investigations in addition to your own. Entities such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration may look into the crash and provide analyses that could assist your claim – but you may need to wait up to a year for them to release these reports. However, these reports can provide valuable information and strengthen your overall cases.

• You may need to navigate complicated insurance negotiations when dealing with a semi-truck accident. Usually, corporations represent these drivers and have large insurance policies. You can settle your claim with the insurance company and avoid going to court, but negotiations could take time based on the severity of your injuries, the policy limit, and the aggressive tactics that the insurance adjusters could employ to protect their driver and trucking company clients.

• The information gathering process for semi-truck cases can take a long time because of how many liable parties may be involved in your accident. Your attorney will need to gather information on the driver’s history, such as moving violations, Department of Transportation infractions, and other safety records. Your attorney will also want to look into the vehicle and the company itself, making sure they maintained the truck up to federal standards and that negligence from the trucking company didn’t play a part in your injuries. Your attorney will want to learn as much as possible about the company, the driver, the cargo, and any other party who may be involved, and you may have to wait a while for him or her to collect this information.

The Average Length of a Semi-Truck Accident Case

Because each case is different, it is difficult for an attorney to estimate how long your semi-truck accident case will take to reach settlement. Certain factors can lengthen the duration of your case, such as severe injuries or multiple liable parties. The more complicated a case is, the longer it will likely take to reach settlement.

Many semi-truck cases can take a long time to conclude because of clerical mistakes and slow information gathering processes. Obtaining the services of a semi-truck accident attorney can help you navigate these claims and reduce errors in the process. In addition, an attorney can help you enter into sticky negotiations with insurance companies and determine the most efficient pathways to possible compensation.

Semi-truck accidents can be complicated and can vary in length based on your specific circumstances. Because of their complexity, contact an attorney as soon as possible following your accident to help you reach a settlement for your losses.

Posted by highrank at 6:03 pm

How Much do Truck Accident Lawyers Cost?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Being involved in a truck accident can be just as damaging as it is frightening. Truck accidents cause significant damage to passenger cars because of their size. If you’ve been in a collision with a truck, you might want seek the consult of a professional truck accident lawyer. However, it is important to know how much these professionals charge and if they offer payment plans to cover their fees.

Total Fees

The total fees associated with a personal injury claim exceeds the cost of a lawyer. Aside from compensating your lawyer, you must also pay all fees associated with the following services:

  • Expert witnesses
  • Investigators
  • Court filing
  • Medical report furnishing
  • Police report furnishing

These fees quickly add up in addition of your lawyer fees. In most cases, you can cover these costs through the compensation you receive if your claim is successful. Some firms even pay the legal fees up front for you and take it out of your total compensation after the court decides the case.

Most firms offer free consultation before you hire them onto your case. Take advantage of this free service to discuss your total potential fees and how you can pay your attorney for their help.

Contingency Fees

Most truck accident lawyers charge based on contingency fees. Contingency fees come out of your total compensation after the court processes your claim. This is a useful option that doesn’t require you to pay any legal fees until you receive your completely awarded compensation. There is no requirement to pay for their services if you do not win your case. This can be a godsend for those who question how they can afford a lawyer on top of the court-related fees.

Some lawyers operate under contingency fees plus a retainer. This means you must pay a fee up front, before the lawyer helps with your case. This acts as a sort of insurance, and also helps some lawyers cover court-related fees that come up during the claims process. The lawyer deducts this retainer from the total contingency fee after you receive your compensation.

The percentage of a contingency fee that a truck accident lawyer charges depends on the case itself. However, a common practice among lawyers is to charge a 33% contingency fee, which would subtract 1/3 of your total compensation. It is important to discuss with your attorney that their fee should deduct from the net compensation you receive, in which you subtract all court-related fees first. Subtracting from the gross compensation would result in a larger contingency fee.

At Rodriguez & Associates, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we receive a percentage of the verdict or settlement we win on your behalf. It also means you won’t get charged unless we win. The risk is ours.

Hourly Rate

Some firms offer an hourly rate payment plan if they don’t want to operate under a contingency fee. In this circumstance, you must pay your lawyer and legal fees regardless of whether you win your case. One rule of thumb to remember is that lawyers who are reluctant to offer a contingency fee might view your case as weak. Remember to think thoroughly about your case and the realistic probability that your case will succeed before filing claim.

Flat Fees

Some truck accident lawyers offer flat fees for their services. Flat fees apply to individual services in cases that don’t require a complete lawyer-client dynamic. For instance, you might need a lawyer to review your claim before you file it, but don’t want to hire an attorney full-time. In this case, you can hire a truck accident lawyer just to review your documents.

Consulting an attorney is always a good idea before pursuing legal action against any entity. Before hiring a professional truck accident lawyer, be sure to communicate about the details associated with payment and what options your preferred firm offers.

Posted by highrank at 4:15 pm