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t li

bility,

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hethe

the pties

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ble li

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ve the money to p

y you the d

m

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e lk you th

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ch of those steps. Just to be cle, you should unde

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st jobs in

ny investig

tion is to figu

e out

ho

ll the pties e

ho MIGHT h

ve leg

l li

bility to you fo

d

m

ges. In

t

uck

ccident, th

t c

n be ide viety of people.<

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ith eve

yone

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ith the t

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d

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s

ell

s the d

ive

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ne

of the t

uck,

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th

n the d

ive

o

his employe

, m

y

lso sh

e li

bility. If it’s

t

cto

-tile

, the o

ne

of the t

ile

might be someone diffe

ent still. Then you h

ve the pty th

t lo

ded the t

uck, the p

ty

ho o

ns the c

go, the mech

nic

ho l

st se

viced the t

uck,

nd the m

nuf

ctu

e

s of the t

uck

nd

ll of the t

uck’s p

ts.

ny of these pties, often mo

e th

n one, could h

ve potenti

l li

bility to you fo

c

using

t

uck

ccident.<

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n> n style=”font-

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t’s not

ll: Sometimes the c

use of

t

uck

ccident h

s nothing to

ith the t

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n

l f

cto

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o

d condition, o

f

ulty tffic o

il

o

d c

ossing sign

l. The p

ties

esponsible fo

those f

cto

s could

lso h

ve li

bility to you fo

c

using the

ccident. n> n style=”font-

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e

e potenti

lly sevel pties

ho could potenti

lly o

e you money fo

inju

ies

fte t

uck

ccident. So, ho

does you

tto

ney’s te

m find them? Kind of the

y you’d expect,

ctu

lly. The te

m g

the

s up

ll of the

v

il

ble

eco

ds of the csh

nd st

ts sifting th

ough them. Police

epo

ts, tffic c

me

s, eye

itness st

tements, p

ess photos, insunce cl

ims… you n

me it. The go

l is to m

ke su

e eve

y pty

ho might h

ve some connection to the csh gets identified.<

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n> n style=”font-

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l

ye

’s te

m st

ts

o

king th

ough the list of pties

nd elimin

ting the ones

ho p

ob

bly didn’t c

use the csh. Eve

y c

sh scene

nd

ccident

epo

t tells

sto

y

bout the physic

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c

sh, like

ho-hit-

ho,

h

t the fin

l

esting position of e

ch vehicle s

ys

bout ho

the

ccident occued,

nd so on. Th

t evidence gives cle indic

tions of

ho you c

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lly-li

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t the

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t you

tto

ney

nd his te

m e

fte

is evidence pointing to

ho could h

ve done something diffe

ently th

t

ould h

ve p

ob

bly p

evented the c

sh.

d

ive

ho should h

ve gotten mo

e

est.

mech

nic

ho should h

ve tightened

connection.

o

d engineeho should h

ve m

de

cu

ve

little less sh

p. In

lot of

ccidents, the

e e mo

e th

n one of these pties

ho could h

ve m

de bette

decisions th

t

ould p

ob

bly h

ve p

evented you f

om getting hu

t. In

nutshell, out of

ll the people

nd comp

nies

ho

e

e someho

connected to the t

uck

ccident th

t left you inju

ed, THOSE e the pties

ho you might be

ble to sue fo

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tto

ney’s te

m h

s identified the pties most likely to h

ve li

bility to you, the investig

tion tu

ns to figu

ing out ho

to p

ove thei

li

bility. In most t

uck csh c

ses, p

oving

p

ty h

s li

bility fo

you

inju

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    “duty of ce.” Fo

    someone to h

    ve li

    bility to you, they must h

    ve o

    ed you

    “duty of ce” not to t

    ke some

    ction th

    t

    ill put you in hm’s y. T

    uck d

    ive

    s, fo

    ex

    mple, o

    e you

    duty not to d

    ive

    ecklessly, bec

    use th

    t puts othe

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    nge

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    ent

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    inst theiesponsibility not to do you hm.

    t

    uck

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    tes his duty of ce to othe

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    t the c

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    eckless beh

    vio

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    ho o

    es you

    duty of ce must le

    d to the h

    m th

    t s done to you. Fo

    ex

    mple,

    t

    uckeho speeds viol

    tes his duty of c

    e, but if his speeding h

    d no connection to

    hy the t

    uck

    ccident h

    ppened, he p

    ob

    bly doesn’t h

    ve li

    bility to you. On the othe

    h

    nd, if the t

    ucke

    speeding s the

    e

    son the

    ccident h

    ppened, this “c

    us

    tion”

    equi

    ement is met.<

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    m

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    o

    ds, you incued economic losses o

    p

    in

    nd suffe

    ing

    s

    esult of the h

    m f

    om the

    ccident. In most t

    uck

    ccident c

    ses, this is

    no-b

    ine

    . OF COU

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    ed d

    m

    ges!

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n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Fo

ny p

ty you

tto

ney thinks might h

ve li

bility to you, his te

m must dig up evidence th

t p

oves e

ch of these “elements.” So, in the ex

mple of the speeding t

ucke

, you need evidence, such

s

police

epo

t o

tffic c

me

foot

ge, to sho

ho

f

st the t

ucke

s going. You need

itnesses, including you

o

n

itness testimony, to p

ove th

t the speeding t

uck collided

ith you

c.

nd you need evidence, such

s medic

l bills p

y stubs,

nd mo

e testimony, to sho

ho

much you’ve suffe

ed bec

use of the inju

ies the

ccident c

used. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Sometimes, the investig

tion

lso involves hi

ing expe

ts, like

ccident

econst

uction speci

lists, to

n

lyze the

ccident scene to p

ove ho

the

ccident h

ppened. It might

lso me

n h

ving you ev

lu

ted by medic

l speci

lists

ho c

n expl

in ex

ctly ho

the imp

ct of

n

ccident led to you

inju

ies,

nd

h

t the likely cost of those inju

ies

ill be ove

you

lifetime. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">

hen l

ye

s t

lk

bout “building

c

se,” it’s this pt of the investig

tion they’

e usu

lly t

lking

bout. n>

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ting

HETHE

the Li

ble Pties C

n P

y You.<

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n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Leg

l li

bility is impo

t

nt, but if the p

ty li

ble to you c

n’t p

y, then it doesn’t do you much good. Th

t’s

hy expe

ienced t

uck

ccident l

ye

s spend time figu

ing out

hich of the pties

ith leg

l li

bility to you

LSO h

ve the

bility to p

y d

m

ges to you.

h

t

e the likely sou

ces of p

yment of d

m

ges in

t

uck

ccident c

se? Let’s t

ke

look

t

fe

of them.<

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n>

Insunce<

b>

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Eve

y moto

ist is

equi

ed to c

y insunce. Th

t includes t

ucke

s

nd t

ucking comp

nies. Like

ny moto

vehicle

ccident, victims of t

uck

ccidents c

n expect to look to the insunce c

ied by the pe

son

ho c

used the

ccident fo

p

yment of d

m

ges. Insu

nce is ext

emely impo

t

nt in t

uck

ccident m

tte

s.

hen the p

ty

ith li

bility c

ies insunce, it inc

e

ses you

odds,

s

n

ccident victim, of

eceiving compens

tion. But, keep in mind, insunce comp

nies

lso t

y to limit thei

o

n li

bility. So,

hile they’

e eli

ble sou

ce of p

yment of d

m

ges in m

ny c

ses, they

lso fight hd to p

y the minimum they h

ve to. H

ving

n expe

ienced t

uck

ccident

tto

ney on you

side c

n help ensu

e the insunce comp

nies pl

y f

i

.<

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n>

Co

po

te

ssets<

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hen the pty

ith leg

l li

bility to you is

co

po

tion, like

t

ucking comp

ny o m

nuf

ctu

e

of t

uck p

ts, the

ssets of the co

po

tion m

y

lso be

v

il

ble

s

sou

ce of money to p

y you

d

m

ges. Oftentimes this becomes

considetion

hen the comp

ny doesn’t c

y enough insu

nce to cove

ll of you

losses, ohen the comp

ny “self-insu

es” the

th

n c

ying comme

ci

l insu

nce. But, keep in mind th

t co

po

tions m

y

lso h

ve the

bility to seek p

otection f

om p

ying you by

eso

ting to co

po

te b

nk

uptcy.

n expe

ienced t

uck

ccident

tto

ney

ill explo

e

hethe co

po

tion h

s sufficient

ssets to cove

d

m

ges cl

im

ithout the

e being isk of the comp

ny

unning to the b

nk

uptcy cou

t. n>

Pe

son

l

ssets

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Sometimes, the p

ty

ith li

bility to you is

n individu

l pe

son, like the t

ucke

in the ex

mple

bove. Most of the time, individu

ls c

y insunce. But, sometimes, thei

insu

nce isn’t enough to cove

you

d

m

ges, o

they viol

te the l

nd d

ive

ithout insunce.

hen th

t h

ppens, you

tto

ney m

y explo

e

hethe

the individu

l

ith leg

l li

bility to you h

s pe

son

l

ssets sufficient to p

y you

d

m

ges.<

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n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">No

,

e

listic

lly, most people don’t h

ve enough c

sh sitting ound to p

y the d

m

ges to someone b

dly inju

ed in

t

uck

ccident. But, eve

y once in

hile the

e is someone involved in

t

uck

ccident

ho, individu

lly, h

s ve

y “deep pockets.” In those c

ses, youtto

ney m

y

dvise you th

t it’s

o

th you

t

ouble to pu

sue

leg

l cl

im

g

inst th

t individu

l, bec

use you kno

th

t individu

l’s pe

son

l

ssets could be enough to p

y the d

m

ges o

ed to you. n>

C

ll

N

tion

lly

ecognized T

uck

ccident

tto

ney

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>H

ve you suffe

ed

n inju

y in

t

uck

ccident? H

s

f

mily membe

tgic

lly died in one? Don’t

it to c

ll

n

tto

ney. The soone

youtto

ney c

n get involved in

c

se, the bette

the ch

nces you

ill

ecove

compens

tion f

om eve

y pty

ith the me

ns to p

y. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Don’t miss out on you

ch

nce to

ecove

the d

m

ges you need; the l is on you

side,

nd no victim of

t

ucking

ccident should h

ve to go

ithout justice.

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