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Crash Accident Lawsuits Invariably End in Settlements

Steve Wagner

An April 10, 2012 crash, involving a semitrailer and a Jeep, resulted in the death of a Valparaiso, IN woman. The truck driver ran a red light and crashed into the Jeep. The family of the deceased has filed a federal lawsuit against the trucking firm, accusing the truck driver of carelessness and negligence, and seeking $10 million in damages for wrongful death. The truck driver has countered the claim, stating that he was distracted due to an uncontrollable cough that suddenly seized him. The parties finally went on to settle the case, though it is not clear what the settlement included as the details were kept confidential.

Settlements are commonplace in cases similar to this one. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that 4,897 individuals died and 130,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck in 2002 alone. Many victims or their relatives would prefer a quick settlement, rather than relive, and prolong the agony of the unpleasant incident through a lengthy courtroom trial, if a satisfactory settlement can be reached. The defendant will also almost certainly prefer a settlement rather than risk a debilitating verdict that a jury might pronounce. In any case, most would prefer to settle the case and move on rather than go through a costly and time consuming court case, with an uncertain outcome.

Settlement, however, cannot be taken for granted. It is never wise to approach a lawsuit lightly, expecting that the defendant will be eager for a settlement. The defendant’s lawyer will explore every loophole within the law and will agree for a settlement only when they have no other recourse. It takes the services of a highly competent Indiana truck accident lawyer to file a watertight case that leaves no escape route for the accused, which would then nudge them towards a settlement.

Again, the process of settlement is by no means easy, and very often, requires difficult negotiations to arrive at a favorable amount. There are many legal considerations as well that are attached to the process, which require expertise and knowledge to handle. Wagner Reese, with its team of skilled and experienced Indiana truck accident lawyers, is the right choice to represent you in trucking accident cases.

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