Truck Accident FAQ
Toronto personal injury lawyers who fight for the injured
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may not know what to do next. You need medical treatment and may have to miss time from work. You are facing a lot of expenses and you aren’t sure how you are going to pay them. It’s a difficult situation and it’s normal to have a lot of questions.
The experienced truck accident lawyers at Smitiuch Injury Law give you honest and helpful advice. We build strong cases to hold negligent parties accountable and fight to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We’ve been fighting for the injured since our founding in 2001, and we are ready to fight for you.
Some frequently asked questions about truck accidents:
- What kind of trucks are involved in accidents?
- What should I do if I’ve been hurt in a truck accident?
- What if my truck accident wasn’t in Toronto?
- How can I prove that the truck accident wasn’t my fault?
- How much is my truck accident case worth?
- How can a truck accident lawyer help me?
- Who would work on my truck accident case?
- How much does it cost to have a truck accident lawyer?
Learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers. We can answer your questions and go over your legal options. Our offices are located in Toronto, Brantford and Simcoe, but if you can’t come to us, we can come to your home, hospital room or another location that is convenient for you.
What kind of trucks are involved in accidents?
There are many different types of trucks, and any one of them can cause an accident that leaves you injured. These include tractor-trailers that can weigh as much as 53,500 kg when fully loaded. Other types include delivery trucks, box trucks, tanker trucks, refrigerated trucks, logging truck, cement trucks, flatbed trucks and dump trucks.
Negligent parties in any type of truck accident may include driver, trucking companies and truck manufacturers. Our lawyers fully investigate your accident to identify the negligent parties and fight to hold them accountable. Insurance companies know that we build strong cases they have to take seriously.
What should I do if I’ve been hurt in a truck accident?
First, call the police. They will make sure everyone is safe. Get medical attention, even if you feel OK. If you can, gather contact information for everyone involved. Take photos of the accident scene. Also take notes and write down what you remember about the crash. As soon as you can, notify your insurance company that you were in an accident.
Then talk to a lawyer. Our experienced truck accident lawyers can give you honest and helpful advice about your situation. We’ll review the details of your crash and go over your legal options. You may deserve financial compensation for your injuries. We are committed to helping you get the best possible outcome in your case.
What if my truck accident wasn’t in Toronto?
Although a large percentage of our clients are located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Brantford, we have and will represent clients throughout Ontario including cities such as Ingersoll, Woodstock, Kitchener-Waterloo, Simcoe, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Barrie, Parry Sound, Oshawa, Kingston and Ottawa.
Smitiuch Injury Law has three fully operational and staffed offices which service all of Ontario. Our head office is in Toronto and we also have offices in Brantford and Simcoe. Wherever your truck accident occurred in the province, we are ready to meet with you to discuss your case and go over your options.
How can I prove that the truck accident wasn’t my fault?
Truck accidents are often caused by negligence. A driver may have been speeding, texting or was driving under the influence of alcohol. A trucking company may have failed to make needed repairs on the truck. Or in some cases, a part of the truck was defective and led to an accident that left people hurt.
Insurance companies may insist that you were at least partially to blame for the accident. Our legal team investigates your truck accident to get the facts. We gather evidence, review police reports and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists. We know how to prove that the negligence of another caused the accident.
How much is my truck accident case worth?
That’s not an easy question to answer because the value of your case depends on many factors. These include the types of injuries you sustained, the medical treatment you needed, whether you were left with a permanent disability and if you were unable to work. Our lawyers determine the total amount of damages you suffer.
We also investigate your truck accident. Our legal team builds strong cases that prove another’s negligence led to your crash. This can also help increase the value of your case. Many times, insurance companies negotiate a settlement rather than face us in court. We can give you a better idea of the value of your case when you meet with us.
How can a truck accident lawyer help me?
Our firm has been helping the injured since our founding in 2001. We know how to build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. Our legal team investigates your crash. We know where to look for evidence that proves the negligence of another caused the accident that led to your injuries.
Insurance companies know our firm, and they know that our lawyers are always prepared and are never afraid to fight for clients at trial. That’s why they often agree to negotiate a settlement with us. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Who would work on my truck accident case?
Smitiuch Injury Law, PC has a very dynamic team of professionals who work together to assist our clients in all aspects of their case. These individuals include our managing principal Michael Smitiuch and five associate lawyers, as well a litigation coordinator and an accident benefits manager. In addition, our team consists of our paralegals, law clerks and other support staff.
Our firm is fully capable of handling all aspects of a personal injury case, including lengthy or complicated trials. All team members work to ensure that all aspects of a case are moving forward in a timely manner. We’re all committed to helping you get the best outcome possible.
How much does it cost to have a truck accident lawyer?
Many victims are concerned about the cost of taking legal action in a truck accident case. That’s understandable. You are likely facing a lot of expenses right now, and the last thing you need is another bill. We understand the financial burdens that can be put on an injured person and their family.
That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation. We do not request any money up front, including any retainer. All legal fees are based on a percentage of the amount we recover. The amount of the percentage charged is mutually agreed upon at the outset of the case.