Whenever you are involved in a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver, one of your first steps should be to hire an experienced attorney. This is even more essential if a truck driver caused your injuries. These cases are very different from passenger vehicle claims, and you cannot hope to obtain a fair settlement without the assistance of an experienced truck wreck attorney.
Reasons You Need to Hire an Experienced Attorney Following a Truck Crash
When selecting your attorney, you do not want to retain one who only handles car collision claims. You need an attorney who has experience negotiating settlements for victims of truck wrecks and has a track record of success in doing so. Here’s why hiring this type of attorney is so critical:
- Regulations. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow many federal regulations regarding the hiring and retention of truck drivers, maintenance of trucks, pre- and post-trip inspections, and much more. These regulations were implemented to protect other motorists. Violations of these regulations may be the cause of your injuries, and you need an attorney who understands these laws to hold the trucker and trucking company accountable.
- Multiple parties. In some cases, more than one party could be responsible for compensating victims of truck crashes. For example, if the load was not secured properly, the shipper may face some responsibility. An experienced truck wreck attorney will be able to identify the liable parties based on the facts of your case. By pursuing claims against multiple parties, your attorney can increase the likelihood that you will be fully compensated.
- Preservation of evidence. A truck wreck attorney will know the importance of a thorough investigation of your crash—more complicated than when two autos are involved—and the preservation of evidence that could prove your right to compensation. He will be able to send out a spoliation letter to the trucking company quickly to prevent the destruction of evidence and will have a network of qualified experts who can assist him in determining the cause of your crash.
- Complex negotiations. In car crash cases, an attorney often only has to negotiate a settlement with one party—the negligent driver’s insurance company. Because more parties could be responsible in a truck wreck, the negotiations to settle your claim can be much more complex than when only passenger vehicles are involved. In addition, the insurance company may fight harder to deny or reduce your claim because injuries in truck wreck claims tend to be more serious, making the value of your claim higher.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the actions of a negligent truck driver, let the experienced legal team at the Hart Law Firm investigate your crash and negotiate your settlement for you. Review our case results to see how we have helped other clients and then call our office to schedule a free case evaluation to learn about your legal options.