Commercial truck accident settlements are determined by the extent of the property damage, injuries sustained, and various additional factors. One of those factors can be the competence of the attorney representing your case.
Thousands of accidents happen each year, many involving semi-trucks. These trucks and drivers are instrumental in making sure the American economy moves at the rate and pace needed. However, accidents involving these trucks can range from devastating to catastrophic. When one of these accidents occur, there is a process that should be followed in order to ensure that the victim receives what is due them. Here are the five steps of commercial truck accident settlements.
STEP 1 – SEEK LEGAL REPRESENTATION
The first step for obtaining a suitable settlement is seeking legal representation to handle your case. After the accident has been reported and immediately required medical attention has been sought, finding someone to handle your claim in court is the first step that one needs to do. This will help as you deal with the authorities, the trucking company, and the insurance companies.
STEP 2 – KEEP MEDICAL RECORDS, APPOINTMENTS, & RECEIPTS
Keep a record of every medical appointment you have. This includes keeping all receipts and documents provided by medical personnel. It is important to keep all of the information pertaining to the injuries, damages, and losses caused by the accident. This will help your attorneys ensure they get the best settlement possible for you.
STEP 3 – GATHER EVIDENCE & BUILD YOUR CASE
It’s important to work continually with your truck accident lawyer at this point. Hopefully, you have hired someone you are comfortable with. It’s important to stay in contact with them and provide them all the information needed for your case: time, date, driving conditions, license plate numbers, contact numbers for witnesses, etc. Working together will get you the best results.
STEP 4 – ENTER NEGOTIATIONS
At this point, it is time to begin negotiations. You should never enter these negotiations without your attorney. Remember that these first offers are only that: offers. It’s important to trust your attorneys to get the best settlement for you possible.
STEP 5 – REACHING A SETTLEMENT
Lastly, once you’ve reached a settlement, read it thoroughly with your attorney. Your personal injury attorney will be able to advise you the best course to take, whether the settlement is satisfactory or below what you were expecting. It is important that you trust your attorney and that you are both on the same page in reaching the right settlement.
There are a number of attorneys who are capable of handling truck accident cases such as these, but finding the right one for you is the key to success. Representatives from our offices would be glad to help you make a decision in finding the best fit for your needs. Feel free to contact us at (210) 934-6609 or by filling out our free online form.