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Motor-vehicle collisions cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, medical expenses, and property damage. At the individual level, a single traffic fatality costs society $1.4 million, while a survivor who sustains critical injuries might cost the nation $1 million. That doesn’t mean, however, that car accident victims are automatically entitled to a seven-figure payout. If you were hurt in a wreck, the potential value of your claim will depend on the circumstances. This is something that always comes up in our attorney-client conversations and it quite often defies an easy answer at the beginning of a case.  At Coxwell & Associates, we do the best we can to let a client know upfront what he might be able to recover, but as stated earlier, sometimes you must wait until the client reaches maximum medical recovery. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest factors that influence car accident settlements and verdicts:

  1. The Severity of the Injuries

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Truck accidents tend to cause extensive—and oftentimes catastrophic—damage. In fact, it’s not uncommon for victims to incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost income, property repairs, and other unexpected costs. In the legal system, these are called special damages, as opposed to damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, ect. Unfortunately, insurers use all kinds of strategies to deny or at least devalue such claims. One of the most common defenses asserted by insurance companies is to argue that the claimant has failed to mitigate their damages. Defendants in these cases are only responsible for covering the losses for which they are liable. If a claimant’s own negligence exacerbates their injuries and increases their damages, the insurance company might refuse to pay for 100 percent of their losses. If you were hurt in a large truck crash, here are a few steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of facing a dispute over the mitigation of damages:

  1. Following Medical Advice

 
It’s not uncommon for doctors to advise injured patients to stay home from work and to limit their physical activity. You should be diligent about following all such orders, so the opposing party is less likely to argue that your own negligence has inhibited your medical recovery. I personally think people respect other people who fight against all odds and try to make the best out of life even if they are severely injured. Always follow your doctor’s orders. But if your doctor permits a type of physical activity, then you are free to try and perform the activity.

If you were hurt in a truck accident through no fault of your own, it’s reasonable to assume the trucker was at fault. After all, the vast majority of truck crashes are caused by driver errors such as speeding, tailgating, or falling asleep behind the wheel.

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After some accidents, though, the negligence of the truck driver’s employer is found to be a contributing factor. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few common examples of motor carrier negligence and how they lead to serious collisions.

If you were hurt in a crash with a commercial truck and you want to sue the motor carrier, turn to Coxwell & Associates for advice. Our personal injury lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and skills to take on even the largest corporations and insurance companies. Call 877-231-1600 to schedule a free case evaluation with a truck accident attorney in Jackson

If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may be wondering how you are going to pay for the resulting medical bills, let alone regular expenses like rent and utilities. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, which means missing just one or two weeks of work can make it impossible to cover the essentials.

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If your collision was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injury-related expenses by filing a personal injury claim; however, your case will not be successful unless you can prove liability. This is where a Jackson truck accident attorney can help.

The personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates provide aggressive legal representation to truck accident victims and their families. They have more than 35 years of experience helping clients in Mississippi fight for the compensation they need to move on with life after serious and unexpected injuries. Call 877-231-1600 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Truck accidents are traumatic enough without attempting to try and deal with the aftermath yourself. Chasing up insurance firms, witnesses, and big legal firms is a massive chore and is easy to get wrong. That’s why we recommend you hire an attorney to represent you. This post will outline everything you need to know on how to find the perfect big truck accident personal injury lawyer.

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We’ll cover:

  • Where to Find Attorneys

Being in an 18 wheeler truck accident can be a particularly traumatic experience. After the shock has settled you’re going to need to take action to ensure you receive the right amount of compensation. This post will outline everything you should do after the accident.

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Actions to Take After the Crash

Semi trucks are involved in around 500,000 accidents annually, resulting in approximately 5,000 fatalities across the US. If you’ve been involved in a semi truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation. You’ll need an expert, well-rounded attorney who can help you to make a claim.

No lawyer is officially a ‘Specialist Semi Truck Accident Attorney’ but many of them have the skills and experience needed to successfully represent you.

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Why Are There No Specialist Semi Truck Accident Attorneys?

Although trucks are essential for our society’s survival as they can carry goods from one place to another, their large size also means that they pose a huge risk to other motorists. Truck accidents of all types can cause some of the worst devastations seen on today’s highways and interstates. Here are some of the most common types of commercial truck accidents and what to do if you’ve been in one.

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Transporting freight is the cornerstone of the American economy. In 2015 alone, our country’s transportation system moved an average of nearly 50 million tons of freight every single day, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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Since the recession ended, the total tonnage of goods moved has been on the rise, and experts estimate that between 2015 and 2045, it will increase by approximately 1.4 percent per year. Although most goods that are transported by truck reach their destination safely, improperly loaded or shifting cargo can cause catastrophic collisions that result in serious injuries and even death.

If you were hurt in a cargo-related truck crash but are not sure who might be liable, turn to the Jackson truck accident lawyers at Coxwell & Associates. When you need help from an attorney, talk with a law firm that has spent years working with people just like you. Call 877-231-1600 to schedule a free case evaluation.

The days and weeks that follow a serious truck accident are incredibly busy and stressful. You may have to arrange for transportation, attend doctor’s appointments, participate in physical therapy, schedule childcare, modify your living space, and check in with coworkers who are covering for you.

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Although each of these tasks is important, you should have only two main priorities following a collision with an 18-wheeler: your health and your financial wellbeing. Visiting a doctor immediately following the wreck—and following up as needed—will protect your physical health, while filing a personal injury claim may allow you to recover the compensation needed to maintain your financial security.

If you were hurt in a crash with an 18-wheeler and you’re ready to begin the claims process, turn to the Jackson truck accident attorneys at Coxwell & Associates. We will do everything in our power to help you recover a fair settlement as quickly as possible. Call 877-231-1600 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Mississippi.