What Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Do?
If you're involved in a truck accident, whether as the truck driver, the driver of the other vehicle, a passenger, or a pedestrian, you may want to seek compensation for the injuries or losses you have suffered.
But a lot of work is involved before you can get the compensation, including interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and negotiating with insurance adjusters, such that it may be almost impossible to do it on your own. And this is where a truck accident lawyer comes in. Continue reading to learn what these lawyers do.
Help Victims Determine Liability
Truck accident cases are usually more complex than passenger vehicle accidents. You may think that the truck driver is solely responsible for the accident only to find out later that numerous parties were liable for your injuries. By then, the window for filing a personal injury claim may be closed.
Other potentially liable parties for the truck accident may include the trucking company, the cargo loading company, the truck manufacturer, and the truck maintenance company. A competent lawyer will determine all the liable parties in your accident, thus increasing your chances of getting higher benefits.
Build a Compelling Case
Before your personal injury claim has been approved by your insurer or the other party's insurer, you'll need to prove that the other party was indeed responsible for your injuries or car damage. This can be difficult, especially when multiple parties are involved in the accident.
A truck accident lawyer has handled many truck accidents before. They'll investigate and collect evidence, for example, by taking photos and videos from the accident scene, collecting witness statements, and reviewing police reports. They'll also gather enough medical reports to prove you have suffered injuries from the accident.
Negotiate With Insurers on Behalf of the Victim
Insurance adjusters use manipulative tactics to lower settlement offers to victims. Without proper negotiation skills, chances are you'll end with a settlement that doesn't cover all your losses. And once you have accepted the offer, you lose all rights to make other claims.
Luckily, truck accident attorneys have interacted with insurance companies for many years. They cannot be manipulated into accepting an offer that doesn't match the losses. By hiring them, you have a higher chance of getting what you rightfully deserve.
Determine the Best Legal Strategy
There are many ways to resolve a truck accident case. For example, after reviewing various aspects of your case like the strength of evidence available, settlement outcomes in similar cases, your chances of success at trial, and your monetary resources, your truck accident lawyer may advise you to accept an out-of-court settlement.
If you have a strong case with the potential for higher damages at trial, the lawyer may also advise you to seek legal recourse in court. They'll then represent you to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.