How to Get a Fair Settlement After an Indiana Truck Accident
Feb. 4, 2015
It's not rocket science to see that when you're driving on I-80/I-94 there are a gazillion trucks. These trucks jack knife and cause accidents every day.I recently received this question from a person injured in a truck accident. She wanted to know how she could make sure that she would get a fair settlement after an Indiana Truck Accident?
This may appear self serving but the best way to make sure that you will receive a fair settlement in an Indiana truck accident is to at least consult with an attorney and here is why:
Injuries in truck accidents are often severe. The large size and weight of these trucks means that passenger cars are often totaled on impact, which increases the likelihood of significant injury.
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 all these potential parties.
Many trucking companies are self-insured up to a certain amount of money. This means the initial money paid out on the claim will come directly from the trucking company's checkbook, which can directly impact the company's profit.
The trucking company and the insurance company do not want to open their checkbooks and cut you a check for a fair amount. They will do everything in their power to minimize your recovery like disputing that the truck driver was at fault for the accident and/or your injuries are not as severe as you say or are not related to the crash.
Unlike car accidents, which many folks can handle on their own if they choose to, it is not true for a truck accident because there are so many moving parts, which adds multiple layers of complexity.
In closing, if you want to make sure you receive a fair settlement, you should at least have a consultation with a lawyer and learn about the specific actions that you can take to protect yourself.