If you’ve been in a car crash, and have followed all traffic laws, you might think to yourself, “It’s obvious the other driver is at fault, getting money to fix my car and medical bills shouldn’t be too difficult.”
The problem is that the insurance company doesn’t always play nice and some cases, even if they seem simple, can become complicated in a blink of an eye. This is particularly true when a trucker caused the accident by driving recklessly. The truck driver may have run a light, weaved into your lane, or braked too hard causing his truck to jackknife. Any of these reckless actions can cause tremendous damage. But the trucking company and the insurers will still fight to avoid paying you and/or minimizing the payout.
Why Are Reckless Trucker Cases So Complicated?
Trucking companies and their insurers tend to fight bitterly to reduce their claim settlements, and go to extremes in lawsuits to avoid paying compensation. They make simple cases complicated to delay or deny any settlements.
They have investigators at the scene of the accident taking photos and interviewing witnesses. And they are not doing this to help you get paid. They are trying to find reasons to assert that their driver was not at fault. For instance, a trucking company might allege that it was poor road conditions, another car, or even you who caused the crash. For this reason, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight for your right to compensation.
How Having A Lawyer Can Help
An experienced personal injury lawyer won’t be intimidated by a trucking firm and their insurance company. Personal injury law firms have their own teams of professionals who investigate the facts of the collision. They will be able to counter the trucking company’s efforts to shift the blame and assertions that you were responsible for the crash. They may be able to find evidence such as a light camera or tire skid marks that demonstrate the trucker’s recklessness. They will be able to demonstrate how the truck driver’s recklessness caused the accident. In short, they will obtain the evidence needed to prove the truck driver’s negligence. When your lawyer shows the evidence that he has collected to the trucking company and its insurer, the defendants will be more likely to settle because of their fear of a substantial verdict if the case goes to trial. Even the act of retaining a lawyer could encourage a trucking company to settle for a higher amount.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a truck driver’s recklessness, it is essential that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible so he or she can begin investigating your case before evidence is lost. If your accident happened in Los Angeles or anywhere in Southern California, please call the personal injury lawyers at Sheridan & Rund, PC.