Is It Worth Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer?
It may be worth hiring a truck accident lawyer in many instances because an attorney knows how the process works and can navigate it on your behalf. As a result, you will have much less stress. Your time will also be freed up so you can focus on undergoing treatment, recovering from your injuries, and putting your life back together.
At the same time, a truck accident attorney can build a stronger claim than you can on your own. They know the types of evidence and documentation needed to prove the damages in a truck accident claim, and where to look to find it.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), there were over 500,000 large truck accidents in 2018. Over the years, these accidents have been on the rise. Insurance companies have gotten stronger in their defense due to the increasing amount of truck accidents that occur every year. Obtaining a truck accident lawyer can help give your case a fighting chance.
If you try to fight your case alone you may be going up against a corporate insurance carrier or team of attorneys. Your case against the insurance companies will be better off with an experienced and knowledgeable truck accident attorney by your side.
Truck Accident Claims Require Evidence to Prove Several Things
When you work with a lawyer on your truck accident claim, he or she will use their experience handling other similar commercial vehicle accident claims to take all the necessary steps to prove your claim for seeking compensation. He or she will gather evidence to prove:
- You suffered serious injuries and can pursue a fault-based claim.
- The truck driver acted negligently, causing your accident.
- The trucking company meets the criteria to be vicariously liable in your claim.
- You suffered injuries, expenses, losses, and other damages as a result of the accident.
Each of these requires us to investigate your injuries, accident, and the surrounding circumstances, and collect evidence to support your claim. Only once we can prove all of these things can we pursue a payout based on the value of your damages.
An Attorney May Be Able To Recover Overlooked Damages
In many instances, it is not just the stress relief and time saved that makes it worth hiring a truck accident lawyer. It may also be worth it because you could recover more compensation in your settlement, despite having to pay the law firm for its services. Many truck accident attorneys can identify and prove damages that the victims might overlook.
While current medical treatment costs, lost wages, property damages, and out-of-pocket expenses are relatively easy to prove, it is sometimes easy to overlook a receipt or bill. In addition, there are many other types of recoverable damages that are commonly forgotten or difficult to value properly, which may include:
- Future medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Future lost wages or reduced earning ability
- Smaller expenses, such as rental car costs, parking at the hospital, etc.
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other types of intangible losses
While you hopefully have never been a victim of a truck accident before, we have handled many claims similar to yours. We have a good understanding of the types of losses victims often experience and how to document them for an insurance claim or lawsuit. We also know how to put a fair settlement value on your claim, even your intangible, non-economic damages.
When we handle your claim, you will pay a percentage of your settlement to us. However, because we often seek overlooked damages and negotiate until we reach a just settlement, we often recover more for our clients than they would have settled for without our representation.
A Lawyer Can Help With Filing a Lawsuit
If the insurance company will not provide a fair payout or there is another reason why you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the liable party responsible, we do not recommend you represent yourself in court. Having a lawyer on your side protects your rights, ensures you are prepared for court, and gives you peace of mind about your claim.
Depending on your state, you may only have up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit and up to 2 years to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a truck accident claim. If you believe this may be necessary, or if you want help with your insurance claim after suffering truck accident injuries, reach out to us today.
Speak to a Truck Accident Lawyer
Distasio Law Firm offers complimentary claim reviews for truck accident victims in our area. Contact us today to speak about your collision and injuries for free. If we accept your claim, you will not owe us anything until we receive a settlement or other compensation in your claim.