Motorists who are involved in a serious accident with a tractor-trailer are forced to cope with massive amounts of stress in a short period of time. They may have to seek medical treatment for their injuries, make arrangements with their employer, secure a rental vehicle, or even begin the painful process of grieving loved ones who did not survive. Even if you find yourself among those who are dealing with this immense strain, it is still essential that you secure legal counsel as soon as possible.
Why Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer is Important in Trucking Accidents
The main reason is because the insurance company which represents the trucking firm will be aggressive in defending its client. In fact, insurers will likely dispatch someone to the scene of the accident the moment they are notified of it. Trucking companies may also destroy paperwork that could prove their negligence, which they are allowed to do sometimes within 30 or 60 days of the truck accident.
So while you and your loved ones are recuperating from your injuries (or you are making funeral arrangements), the insurance company will be working diligently to protect the trucking firm from charges of negligence. That's why you need a truck accident attorney to open an investigation on your behalf and advocate for your rights.
Trucking Insurance Companies Don't Care About "Fair"
Another important concept to realize is that trucking insurance companies are not interested in determining what is a "fair" settlement for your injuries and vehicle damage. The insurer's job is to minimize the payouts to all parties involved in the accident any way they can.
This means that insurance companies may take advantage of your anxiety, grief, or lack of focus to get you to:
- submit a statement about the accident
- sign a medical release
- allow access to your employment records
It is vital that you do not agree to any of these requests without first consulting your attorney. Otherwise, you run the risk of having the information used against you as you pursue your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
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Finding the Right Lawyer to Assist You with Your Truck Accident Claim
When trucks collide with passenger cars, the results will likely be life-changing. Although there will be a lot of questions and important decisions to make during this time, choosing the right legal representation can help you make the most informed decisions possible while you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg, West Virginia will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation - (304) 326-1800.