Benefits of Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney

Commercial freight trucks are immense and difficult to maneuver, weighing as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. In an accident with an average 4,000-pound passenger car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are vulnerable to severe injuries or death.

After an accident involving a large commercial truck, injury victims face an onslaught of difficult choices and options. The powerful insurance companies may dispute an accident claim or reach out quickly with a settlement offer for far less than the true value of the claim. By hiring a truck accident attorney soon after an accident, you’ll gain protection against common insurance company tactics and powerful trucking companies that prioritize their profits at your expense. There are several benefits to hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer.

Determining Liability After a Truck Accident

Most accident claims require at least a minimal investigation to determine the at-fault party and prove liability; however, determining liability after a commercial truck accident presents significant challenges. Unlike typical car accidents, even if the truck driver caused the accident, they may not be the liable party. Liability could lie with any of the following, depending on the circumstances of the accident:

  • The truck driver if they are an independent contractor
  • The trucking company
  • A truck maintenance company
  • A negligent freight loading company
  • A negligent truck maintenance or repair company
  • The manufacturer of a defective truck part

A skilled truck accident attorney has the benefit of resources and access to accident reconstruction experts to determine fault for the accident and prove liability against the correct party or multiple liable parties.

Carefully Calculating Damages

The word “damages” in a truck accident claim refers to the economic and non-economic consequences of the accident to the victim—often substantial, or life-altering due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. An experienced attorney examines an injury victim’s medical report, proof of their lost income and anticipated future income loss, and consults with medical experts. Experienced medical experts help determine the cost of future treatment and the amount of pain and suffering expected until the victim makes their maximum physical recovery. A skilled attorney ensures a victim claims the maximum compensation available to them.

Skilled Negotiations for a Settlement

After a truck accident lawyer investigates the accident, proves liability, and calculates the damages, they send a demand package to the appropriate insurance company as a starting point for negotiating a settlement. An experienced lawyer makes a compelling case during negotiations.
About 95% of truck accident claims are resolved through a settlement. Still, a skilled attorney prepares the case as though for trial to present a strong front to the insurance company and to be ready to litigate the matter before a jury if the insurance company fails to offer an acceptable settlement or uses bad faith practices to deny a valid claim.

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

The freight industry and supply chain rely on large commercial trucks, but these powerful vehicles present a growing problem—congested streets and serious or catastrophic truck accidents. If you or a close family member suffered injuries in a serious commercial truck accident, you shouldn’t take on the challenge of a claim alone against a powerful trucking company and their insurer. Call the truck accident lawyers at Younglove Law Firm today so we can begin a strong, individualized strategy for your unique claim.

 

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