Your First Steps After Suffering Injury in a Truck Accident
Large trucks absolutely destroy other vehicles in a collision, leaving drivers and passengers dead or seriously injured. Any time that a person survives a collision with a large truck, they are very fortunate that the experience did not take their life.
Of course, if you recently survived a truck accident, you probably have some serious injuries that require ongoing attention. But, once you stabilize and are on the path to healing, there are many things to consider about how you should pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses you suffer as a result of the accident.
In most cases, it is wise to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can advocate for fair compensation on your behalf. Getting everything you deserve out of the insurer of the driver or, in some cases, the driver's employer, requires detailed negotiation. You should have the freedom to focus on your physical and emotional recovery without having to also carry the weight of negotiating fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Determine who is at fault in the accident
This is usually the issue that carries an entire claim. If you suffered injuries from an accident with a truck, you have much more leverage for complete compensation if you are not also at fault in the accident.
This can prove difficult to settle, but police reports and other investigation can help determine fault.
Many survivors of a truck accidents worry that they cannot receive compensation if they have some fault in the accident. The good news is that even if you hold some portion of the fault in the accident, you may still recover compensation for your injuries. In simple terms, you could simply receive less of an award according to your relative amount of fault in the accident.
Of course, the driver and his or her employer is motivated to claim that you carry the majority of the fault, so it is always helpful to have an advocate in your corner who can fight against unfair characterization of your fault in the accident and protect your future settlement or award prospects.
Get the help you need to focus on recovery
The reality of any personal injury claim after a truck accident is that fair settlements take time. Can you receive a settlement quickly and move on? Absolutely you can, but this usually entails accepting less than you deserve.
Insurers know that they can often offer a victim much less than the value of the claim because many victims would rather have cash in their hands now than wait on a truly just offer. With careful guidance from an experienced attorney, you can focus on your recovery while your attorney works to secure truly fair compensation.
As your advocate, this attorney can also work with medical care providers to ensure that they work with you when it comes to billing so that you do not drown in medical debt waiting for your settlement to come through.