Every year about 500,000 truck accidents are reported across the US. A large truck going down the road can be dangerous and scary as it becomes involved in a truck accident.
Whether the truck driver is at fault or the accident is caused by the negligence of another driver, the sheer size and power of a truck can make this type of accident impactful and dangerous for every driver and passenger involved.
Are you a truck driver who’s been involved in a truck accident? Are you wondering how to get the whole accident resolved and make sure your expenses are covered? Are you maybe even worried about your job now that you’ve been involved in an accident?
Are you wondering if you should consider hiring a truck accident attorney to help you with your case? There are a whole host of important reasons to protect your personal interests after being involved in a truck accident. Read on to learn more about the value of hiring a truck accident lawyer.
1. Protect Your Legal Rights
Anytime there’s any kind of accident, the result is many parties involved. There are the people who are a part of the accident. Then their respective insurance companies. Often each party has its own lawyers. It can get complicated quickly with so many involved parties.
Could you try to muddle through all the involved parties without legal help? You could but it probably isn’t a good idea.
One of the important reasons to hire an attorney after a truck accident is you’re protected. You need a lawyer who will watch out for you and protect your interests as all the parties start to sort out the accident.
2. Find and Evaluate All the Important Evidence
it’s very possible following your truck accident you were in no position to evaluate the accident scene. Maybe you were injured and getting medical attention or even taken to an emergency room.
Following an accident often the advice is to look around for what might have happened. See if there are witnesses. Even take photos if possible.
The truth is that if you were involved in an auto accident, you might not be in a position to do any of that. That means someone has to sort that out after the fact to understand the accident.
An accident attorney will know how to gather evidence and find witnesses to the accident. This will be important especially if there’s a truck accident lawsuit related to your accident filed.
Don’t underestimate the true value of having an accident attorney who is experienced in this type of law on your side. An experienced attorney will be able to give you advice on how best to proceed with your case.
They will know what to expect as the case proceeds and even understand what you should be asking for in compensation from your case.
Experience will help guide their interactions with others involved in the accident and in dealing with the insurance company.
If your attorney has the experience, they can also use the knowledge of previous cases that are similar to your case and use that experience to guide decision-making about your case.
4. Dealing With the Insurance Company
You want a truck accident lawyer to deal with your own insurance company and the other ones too. The truth is, no matter how on top of it you are, the insurance companies involved with your accident are not going to be as cooperative with you as an individual as they will be with an experienced attorney.
They know how to approach negotiating with the insurance company to get what you need and deserve. This is especially important when the respective insurance companies are passing the responsibility onto each other.
5. Employee Relations
Often, as a truck driver, you are an employee of a company. This makes the case complicated in another way since it isn’t just you and the other drivers and the insurance companies. There is also your employer to consider.
Your attorney can also represent your interests with your employer. They can help to address:
- Your employment status following the accident
- Who pays for your damages as a result of the accident
- Insurance compensation and damages
- Acceptance of worker’s compensation
An employer’s insurance will look out for the employer. You want someone who is protecting your interests.
6. Court Case
Sometimes a case will need to go to court. Perhaps the insurance companies are cooperating to pay for expenses and medical care. Maybe you deserve compensation for pain and suffering as a result of your accident.
Often it becomes necessary to file in court and start a trial. This is, again, where having an experienced truck accident attorney is so important. They will know how to proceed with a trial and how to prepare you for going to trial. They can prepare your case and be ready to argue on your behalf.
7. Reaching a Settlement
It’s not uncommon for an accident case to go to trial and still have the respective parties negotiating. The reality is that the insurance companies will do whatever it takes to not pay out money.
Of course, as the victim of a truck accident, you want your expenses, damages, and medical care covered. You should also want some compensation for being a victim of the accident.
Your attorney will not only know how to negotiate on your behalf but also how to calculate what you deserve. Then the attorney can work either with the involved parties negotiating or at trial to get you what you should get in a settlement.
Get the Help You Need Following Your Truck Accident
Being involved in a truck accident isn’t just scary, it can have some lasting effects on your life. From damages to injuries, you need to make sure you’re getting the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been in an accident and need the help of an experienced attorney, we are here for you. Contact us at Sweet Lawyers. We can meet and do free case evaluation for you and get you the help you need following your accident.