How Can an Attorney Help with My Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accidents unfortunately occur more frequently than most people realize. Due to the massive size of a truck, it is possible for individuals to sustain very serious injuries and property damage. If you have been in an accident that involves a truck, it is best to get in touch with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. In this blog post, we describe the many ways in which an attorney can help with your truck accident claim:
- An attorney can negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf. Insurance companies are notorious for enticing its policyholders to accept low settlement offers to help with their truck accident. It is the job of insurance companies to save money. Understand that it is your right to negotiate for a higher compensation amount. If your insurance company is not negotiating in good faith, an attorney can handle the negotiations for you. Your attorney will ensure that the insurance company is offering you a settlement amount that is commensurate—if not more—than the injuries you sustained and your property damage.
- An attorney can handle the complexities and technicalities of truck accident cases. Truck accident cases are often complicated matters due to the many parties involved in the matter and the potential liability of these parties. For instance, in addition to the truck driver, the truck driver’s employer, carrier, and broker could also be held liable under certain circumstances. Additionally, court rules and procedures for truck accidents differ from state to state. An attorney will have a thorough understanding of what is required in your state regarding truck accident claims. They can also make sure that you file your claim within your state’s statute of limitations period—which is the time period that the state gives individuals to initiate a claim for compensation in connection with the truck accident or risk being permanently barred from filing such a claim in the future.
- An attorney can prove all elements of a negligence claim and prove you have a strong case. Most truck accidents were caused by some form of driver negligence such as inattentiveness at the wheel, driver distraction, intoxication, etc. Your attorney will be able to form a case that places blame for the accident upon the defendant. This includes establishing all elements of your negligence claim: (1) duty of care, (2) breach of duty of care, (3) causation, and (4) injury or damages.
- An attorney knows how to gather evidence that supports your claim for personal injuries and property damage. Your attorney will have experience in handling truck accident cases—a large part of which includes gathering evidence to support your case. Examples of such evidence includes medical bills, proof of your inability to work due to your injuries, estimates of repairs to your property, police report details, witness testimony, etc.
- An attorney can litigate your case and can also help with the initial investigative process. Truck accidents are more detailed than regular car accidents because they often involve expert witnesses. These experts need to assess the value of the damage to the truck, analyze the current condition of the truck, and determine the possible causes of the accident. Your attorney can ensure that your investigation is handled in a manner that is comprehensive in uncovering the details of the accident so that your attorney can better prepare for the negotiation and/or litigation stages.