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How Can I Make Sure I’m Getting a Fair Settlement After a Truck Accident?

June 11, 2014

Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses how To Get a Fair Settlement After an Accident.

If you’ve been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler, dump truck or any other commercial truck, the claims process can be much more difficult than if you’d been hit by another car. There are a number of reasons why truck accidents are different, and here are a few issues that you need to be concerned about in a trucking accident:

  • Truck accident injuries are often very severe. The large size and weight of these trucks mean that passenger cars are often totaled on impact, and victims of semi accidents often have severe injuries.

  • There may be many additional parties involved. Aside from the trucker who hit you, you may also have to deal with the trucking company, the trailer company, the person who loaded or maintained the trailer, and insurance companies for everyone involved.

  • The trucking company and its insurance company may try to trick you. Many trucking companies are self-insured up until a certain amount of money. That means the initial money paid on the claim will come directly from the trucking company checkbook.

  • The trucking company and its insurance company do not want to open their checkbooks and cut you a big fat check, they will do everything in their power to minimize your injuries.

Unlike car accidents, which many folks can handle on their own if they choose to, it is not true for a truck accident. So, if you want to make sure you receive a fair settlement, you should at least have a consultation with a lawyer to protect your rights.