Reasons You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney to Settle Your Truck Crash Claim
The likelihood that you will suffer catastrophic injuries in a truck accident is much greater than if you were hurt in a crash involving two passenger vehicles. This is because of the much larger weight and size of a big-rig truck. As a result, your claim for compensation could be worth more, which can also mean that the truck driver and trucking company will fight harder and longer to deny or reduce your claim. Retaining an experienced truck accident attorney soon after your crash is essential if you want to receive the settlement you deserve.
Why Retaining a Skilled Truck Accident Attorney Is Crucial to Winning Your Case
For many reasons, negotiating a settlement of a truck accident claim is much more complicated than a car collision claim. When hiring a lawyer, you need to pick one that is experienced in handling these cases and has a track record of settling and trying them—and not just car accident cases. Here are the ways a truck accident attorney can help you:
Determining liable parties. There can be many liable parties in a truck accident case. The truck driver, trucking company, shipper, and company performing maintenance on the truck are some of the parties that may be responsible for compensating you. An experienced attorney will be able to identify who is responsible based on the circumstances of your case, which increases the likelihood that you will be fully compensated in your settlement.
Investigating your accident. An experienced truck accident attorney will understand the importance of a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident. This can include interviewing witnesses, inspecting the truck, obtaining the truck’s black box, hiring an accident reconstruction expert, and much more. He will also be able to quickly send the trucking company a spoliation letter advising them of your claim and instructing them not to destroy vital documents in their possession that may help prove the trucker’s and their negligence.
Understanding federal regulations. A skilled attorney who handles truck crash claims will understand the complex federal regulations, such as the hours of service regulations, which govern truck drivers and trucking companies. These rule violations may be the basis of a claim of negligence against the trucker and trucking company and can strengthen your claim for compensation.
Negotiating your settlement. An attorney will have the experience to accurately value how much your claim is worth and the skill necessary to negotiate complex negotiations—often with multiple parties.
Filing a lawsuit. If the trucking company, truck driver, and other liable parties are not willing to pay you what you deserve in a settlement, an attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and litigate your case. When hiring a lawyer, you want to select one who is experienced in taking these cases to trial as well as settling them.
If you were injured in a truck accident, a member of our experienced truck accident legal team will be happy to explain our experience in helping other clients in these cases and your legal options for compensation. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.