Truck Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a truck accident - whether you're a truck driver, motor vehicle driver, or pedestrian - then you are entitled to make a truck accident compensation claim. With a truck accident injury claim, you can gain a compensation payout. How much compensation you receive depends on the extent of your injury, medical bills incurred, and lost wages, among others.

Truck drivers play an important role in Australia's economy. However, truck driving is also a high-risk industry that may lead to serious injuries. Statistics show that an average of 200 people are killed every year due to truck accidents in Australia alone. In addition to this, the latest hospitalisation data shows that approximately 510 heavy truck drivers are hospitalised from truck accidents every year.

Using the help of expert truck accident lawyers, you'll be able to claim truck accident compensation. Smith's Lawyers has assisted many car accident victims in receiving truck accident compensation to cover medical treatment and lost income. We operate on a No win, No Fee, No Catch promise which provides no financial risk to our clients. We have never had a client out of pocket in over 25 years.

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The Truck Accident Compensation Claims Process

The truck accident compensation claims process can seem daunting sometimes, but our personal injury lawyers ensure that you understand the process enough that you’ll have confidence in your truck accident claim. The truck accident compensation claims process consists of five main steps: 

Seek Medical Treatment And Keep a Record. 
The first and most important step of making a truck accident claim is to seek medical care if you have been hurt or seriously injured. Be sure to keep an official record of everything. Before you seek compensation and make a personal injury claim, you must gather evidence on which to build your claim. This will make it easier to verify facts during legal proceedings. 
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Make a Compulsory Third-Party Insurance (CTP) Claim. 
In Queensland, all motor vehicles must have ‘compulsory third party insurance’, otherwise known as CTP. You need to make a CTP insurance claim so that your truck injury lawyer can initiate your claim with your insurer and the at-fault party’s motor vehicle insurer.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer to Set Up a Free Initial Appointment. 
Contact one of our personal injury lawyers and share the evidence you have gathered. Your truck accident lawyer will assess your matter and keep you informed of the entire process.

During your first meeting with us, we'll need to know the following information: 

- What happened and who might potentially be at fault. 
- The severity of your injury. 
- Your medical history. Your employment status. 
- Whether you have insurance or superannuation cover.
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Investigation And Gathering Evidence.
Our truck accident lawyers at Smith's will investigate the accident circumstances meticulously and gather the evidence while you recover from your injuries. Following this, we will brief medical specialists to examine you and provide expert evidence reports. We will then formulate a report summarising how the injury has impacted you and your family at home and work. 
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Attend An Informal Settlement Meeting. 
After our truck injury lawyers have gathered the evidence, they will formulate your damages demand. They will then appoint an out-of-court meeting to negotiate the resolution of your claim settlement. 
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Case Settled or Court Proceedings. 
Statistics show that more than 97% of compensation claims are settled outside of court. In most cases, the claim is resolved successfully during the informal settlement meeting, and you will receive the compensation to which you are entitled. 

In the rare occurrence that your case has not been resolved at this stage, our truck accident lawyers will take it further to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to, according to the law. 
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Common Truck Accident Injury Types
Many truck drivers and passengers are at risk of suffering serious injury when involved in a motor vehicle accident. Here are some of the most common types of truck accident injuries one may suffer from:

- Broken Bones
- Whiplash
- Abrasions
- Head Injuries
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
-Internal Injuries
- Brain Damage

Most truck accident injuries are due to truck drivers' working conditions. Truck driver injuries are related to sedentary work, shift work, poor work hours, and fatigue. Sometimes truck drivers take risks for their trucking company and drive in unsafe conditions to meet deadlines. This is caused by truck drivers being under immense pressure to meet deadlines for businesses and suppliers.
What You Can Claim For Truck Accidents
Your truck accident compensation may include four main claims. But the amount depends on the severity of your injuries, your earning capacity, your age, and whether any injuries are permanent. Here's what your truck accident compensation claim can include:

- Medical bills and medical treatment.
- In-home care and necessary rehabilitation.
- Loss of income and earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering endured as a result of your injuries.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You Bring a Claim
Smith's truck accident legal services offer to help you with your truck accident compensation claim. Whether it is to seek legal advice or whether you seek compensation, our expert truck accident lawyers know exactly how to help.

It’s important to note that your entitlement to a truck accident compensation depends on who was at fault for the truck accident. In the case that you were partially responsible for the truck accident, the compensation payout you’ll receive may be reduced. If you are unsure whether you do have the right to claim or not, our truck accident lawyers can help you determine your eligibility by assessing your truck accident case.
Tips When Dealing With The Compensation Claim Process
1. Get an Expert to Help You Complete Claim Forms
The claim form can seem overwhelming and confusing. Get the help of one of our truck accident lawyers to ensure that you choose the appropriate compensation for your injuries. We provide our clients with free advice, so there is no need for legal fees at this point. 
2. Ensure All Sections of Your Compensation Claim Form Are Completed
You must provide evidence of your injuries along with supporting information to back it up. That's why expert truck accident lawyers are very useful during all stages of your compensation claim. 
3. Lodge The Form to The At-Fault Party's Insurer
Whether you may be partially at fault or the other party is entirely at fault, you must lodge your forms with the other party's insurance company. 
Make a Truck Accident Compensation Claim From Any One of These Locations in QLD:
Smith's Lawyers are situated in three convenient locations across Queensland. These offices are in Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. If you cannot attend our offices, we can also come to you or meet at a specific location.
Do you stay in Brisbane? So do we! We guarantee you great customer service and in addition, you won't need to worry about legal fees until after your case is resolved. And if you don't win your case, you don't have to worry about paying your lawyer or anyone else. No Win, No Fee, No Catch. 
Gold Coast
Call and organise a meeting with one of our lawyers in Gold Coast.Our office is conveniently located near the Southport tram stop which is just 300m walk away. 
Sunshine Coast
Call and book an appointment with our Sunshine Coast office lawyers. The closest bus stop to our office is Innovation Pkwy near Metier Linkway, which is a 100m walk to our office. 
Greater Queensland
If you're situated in Greater Queensland and need a truck accident lawyer, Smith's Lawyers can help. We service all of Queensland and offer phone appointments if you aren't able to come to one of our offices.
Truck Accident Compensation Lawyers FAQs
1. How Long Do I Have to Make a Truck Accident Claim? 
If you have sustained personal injuries during the truck accident, you can have up to three years to make a claim, starting from the date the accident occurred. If no personal injury has occurred but your truck was damaged, you have up to six years to make the claim. 

However, you must start your personal injury claim as soon as possible. This way, the evidence and witness statements are fresh and can be presented as part of your compensation claim. In Queensland, strict time limits should apply to all truck accident compensation claims but may vary depending on the circumstances of your case. 
2. What Makes a Successful Truck Accident Claim?
After any truck accident, it's important to survey the vehicle, if possible. This will help you to determine the extent of the damage and what caused the accident. Make sure that your version of the accident is clearly explained to the police and your supervisor - if you are a truck driver. 

Also, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform them of all your injuries and issues. Return regularly for follow-ups to create an official record of the changes in your condition. 

Many people will ask you to describe what happened, what your symptoms are, and when particular events occurred. Your statements must remain the same so that your statement becomes trustworthy. 
3. What Kind of Evidence Do I Need to Keep And Collect?
Make notes of what happened during the truck accident. You should also record the names and addresses of witnesses. Take photos and videos of your injuries. These might help show the severity of those injuries. In addition, you should take pictures and videos of the object that injured you. 

Take pictures and videos of the place where you were injured. Lastly, collect documents that show your loss of income and earning capacity. There are still many other types of evidence you should keep, but these are the main ones. If you would like to get further clarification on these matters, contact Smith's Lawyers today.
Lodge A "No Win No Fee" Claim
If you suffer injuries while at work, you don't have to worry about the whole process of making your claim or the legal fees involved. Here at Smith's Lawyers, we offer free consultation services for injured workers looking to kickstart their claims. As mentioned before, we also have a no-win no fee, no catch policy.
Get in touch with us to give yourself the best opportunity to receive the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
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