There were over 500,000 large truck and bus crashes, 4,455 of which were fatal, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2019 report. Hundreds of thousands of lives each year are upended and forever changed by these devastating roadway events. Most people experience only three to four auto accidents in the course of their life, so after being shaken up and hurt, it can be difficult to know what important steps to take first. Are you unsure if you need a truck accident attorney to handle your truck wreck case? We have compiled five important considerations to help you decide about your need for personal injury protection, and if hiring a truck accident lawyer is the best solution for you.
1. You Have Injuries
Auto accidents of any kind can be exceptionally dangerous, painful, and even deadly. Impact injuries (neck, back, spinal cord, whiplash), crush injuries (broken bones, head trauma) and other trauma (emotional distress, PTSD) can leave victims of these wrecks in need of extensive treatment and therapy, or even surgery. These injuries cause pain and disruption to your life, and they may well affect your ability to work and to live the quality of life to which you are accustomed. Not only this, but injuries and treatment are extremely expensive. Medical bills are the main contributor to sudden financial instability for American households, and it is deeply unjust for an accident that you did not cause to harm your family’s financial stability.
2. The Truck was Owned by a Large Company
When was the last time you won a game playing by yourself against a team of people? The same logic holds true in negotiations with large trucking or fleet companies. These firms have extensive insurance and legal resources at their fingertips that individuals simply do not. Plus, while this wreck was likely your first time in a large truck accident, trucking companies have the advantage of experience, having already navigated past collision situations as a company. Do yourself the favor or playing on even turf, and consult with a truck accident attorney you trust to see if their personal injury services can benefit you after your accident.
3. The Insurance Company Isn’t Helping You
Insurance companies are notorious for dragging their feet. A strategy they often find even more effective than outright denying claims is simply taking forever to respond, process, or move your claim forward. The hope is that this will discourage you from even trying to fight. In addition, they use sneaky tactics like asking trick questions on recorded lines or getting you to sign over unnecessary medical records. The adjusters are actually incentivized at their jobs with bonuses and other benefits to aggressively deny and underestimate claims. If you are hitting a dead end or confused by the insurance provider you are trying to work with, it is by design. Hiring a dedicated truck accident attorney with the resources and experience to fight back against these tactics will get the insurance companies to take you seriously and play fair.
4. You Aren’t Able to Take on a Legal Battle by Yourself Right Now
For most of us, there is no good time to take on a battle like this, but it certainly does feel like when tragedy strikes, it always comes at exactly the wrong time. We often hear from our clients that when they hired us as their personal injury attorney, it was like a weight was lifted from their shoulders. No one has time to chase down insurance companies or ensure that they are available anytime of day for follow up calls. A great truck wreck lawyer can take all of this off your plate. After an initial consultation and sign up, your dedicated legal team can move your case forward. By doing the heavy lifting of investigating, drafting a demand, negotiating, and even with our trial lawyers going to court to win the best settlement possible, your personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on what is most important: your recovery.
5. You Deserve More Compensation