Providence Truck Accidents Lawyers – Marasco & Nesselbush
An accident involving a large truck can be a life-altering event. It often results in serious and extensive injuries that require costly medical treatment and a long period of rehabilitation. It may take months or even years for the injured parties to recuperate fully and return to living the life they had before the accident. At times, a full and complete recovery may not even seem possible, which often causes additional stress and anxiety.
Why We Want to Help You
At Marasco & Nesselbush, we have seen first-hand the struggle and suffering of many victims of accidents involving big rigs. In our offices in Providence, RI, we have spoken with the families of those who didn’t survive such accidents. We know that, in both situations, dealing with the aftermath of the crash is physically, financially, and emotionally draining.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney
If you have personally suffered injuries in a crash with a big rig, or if you lost someone you love in such an accident, you need to be aware that you have rights and that you may be entitled to financial compensation – not only for the costs of medical treatment or the loss of earnings but also for the pain and suffering or emotional distress that the accident brought upon you and your family.
Trucking companies often try to minimize or evade their responsibility for the crash, hiding behind big insurance companies and employing smart lawyers. They may try to offer you compensation far below what you rightfully deserve. That’s why you need a skilled, experienced and fearless lawyer who will help you to see through such tactics. The legal team at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, will fight for just monetary compensation that will cover your losses to the greatest extent possible. On this page, you will find information designed to help you make an informed decision concerning the legal struggle ahead of you. We also strongly encourage to consult with one of our capable attorneys as soon as possible. We can help you understand nuances of your case such as:
- What kind of losses can be covered by such compensation
- What steps you need to take to obtain money in damages
- Why you really need a lawyer to be successful in your claim
…as well as anything else that you may be worrying about right now.
Truck Accident Compensation
In the aftermath of a truck accident, the injured party often feels overwhelmed by what may seem like a never-ending stream of expenses. The bills for all the essential medical procedures, medication, and rehabilitation quickly add up and can reach tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, it doesn’t help that the victim may not be able to go back to work right after leaving the hospital, often losing their source of income for months on end. Even once the treatment is over, many of those who sustained extensive injuries in a truck accident cannot go back to their previous employment due to some permanent impairment. For most, dealing with the financial challenges of the situation can be a source of great stress and anxiety.
If you are struggling financially due to the reasons mentioned above or similar ones, you should know that you may be entitled to compensate for the majority of the expenses you incurred in the aftermath of the crash. The party injured in an accident has the right to file a claim for damages with the insurer of the driver or the trucking company whose driver caused the accident. In such a claim, you may seek to be compensated for your losses and damages in the following ways:
- Reimbursement for hospital, medical, and rehabilitation costs already incurred
- Compensation for any future medical expenses related to the injuries
- Compensation for the loss of earnings due to inability to work – both past and future
- Lump sum compensation for the loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering damages, including compensation for emotional distress resulting from the accident
- Compensation for permanent physical limitations or disfigurement
Wrongful Death Compensation
Sadly, many truck accidents prove to be fatal for the occupants of the passenger cars involved in the crash. Such events are emotionally devastating for the family members of the victims and can also bring about financial challenges. In order to seek justice and secure their financial future, the family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the truck or against any other party involved whose negligence might have contributed to the accident. Under Rhode Island law, in a wrongful death claim, the family of the deceased may seek compensation for the following losses:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the death of the loved one if related to their injuries
- Lost wages and benefits, including the value of earnings and benefits the deceased might have collected, had they not passed away
- Property damage related to the fatal accident
- Loss of care and companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Identifying the At-Fault Parties in a Truck Accident
Identifying the at-fault party in a truck accident may not be a straightforward matter since there is usually more than one person who is liable. Liability in an accident arises if one or more parties acted negligently or recklessly. A truck driver who violated some traffic rules may be found negligent. But so may the trucking company – for example, if they ignored regulations concerning the maximum number of driving hours and pressured the driver to spend more time behind the wheel. If the person or party responsible for maintenance of the truck failed to keep the vehicle in good repair and it is found that this negligence contributed to the accident, that party may be found liable. In addition, a technical issue involving a faulty truck part may have contributed to the accident. If it comes to light that the manufacturer of the part knew about the potential dangers but did not do anything about it, they may be found liable too.
Trucking Company Liability
A trucking company may be found guilty of negligence and liable for the damage and injuries in a truck accident in connection with the following circumstances:
- Failure to regularly inspect the truck fleet and promptly provide the needed maintenance
- Failure to provide proper training to the drivers
- Actively encouraging drivers to ignore driving hours limits, or failure to enforce compliance with those limits
- Failure to comply with other federal or Rhode Island state safety regulations
- Vicarious liability for the negligence of the drivers
What Is Vicarious Liability?
Vicarious liability is a legal principle which states that under certain circumstances, a third-party may be found responsible for the negligence or omissions of another person. In order for this rule to apply in the case of truck accidents, there must be a proven employment relationship between the trucking company and the driver. In addition, the trucking company will be found vicariously liable only if the accident occurred while the driver was performing duties related to his or her employment.
It is vital to note that vicarious liability is different from the individual liability of the trucking company. Even if the company is not found negligent in connection with some of their duties as an employer, they still may be vicariously liable for the negligence of the driver. This is important for the victim as the driver’s individual insurance may not be enough to cover all of the expenses and compensate all the damage. However, the trucking company will usually have much larger insurance policy limits and possess additional funds. If the claim results in a lawsuit, the jury may take that into account when considering the amount of compensation the injured party is entitled to.
Why Work With Marasco & Nesselbush Truck Accident Attorneys?
It takes a skilled and experienced lawyer and a thorough investigation to correctly identify all the at-fault parties in a truck accident. The process will include gathering the evidence, interviewing the witnesses, and consulting experts and scientists in order to reconstruct the events of the accident. All of this takes knowledge, time, and money. It is important to find a law firm with highly trained and experienced attorneys and the resources needed to conduct this type of investigation.
The legal team at Marasco & Nesselbush in Providence, RI, has what it takes to initiate and complete a personal injury claim against large trucking companies and their insurance companies. We never let ourselves be intimidated and we vigorously fight for just compensation for our clients.
You Can Afford Our Legal Assistance
Even though our team consists of highly trained attorneys with years of experience, we are the lawyers you can afford. This is because we work on a contingent fee basis. The initial consultation with us is free. Additionally, throughout the entirety of the legal proceedings, there will be no out-of-pocket expenses or hidden costs for you – even if we take your case all the way to the courtroom! Our legal fees and the payment for our services will be covered by the money you’ll get in a settlement or through a jury verdict. If we don’t manage to obtain compensation for you, we won’t collect any payment for our services.
Contact Marasco & Nesselbush legal team in Providence today so that we can start working on your case without delay!