If you, or a loved one, are involved in a truck accident you may be contacted by the trucking company, through its insurance carrier, soon after the accident and offered a quick settlement, out of court, if you don’t have legal representation. The reason for this is that the company wants to avoid the possibility of paying out a large judgment after a trial of the case, and also so they don’t have to admit any type of wrongdoing or blame.
What you may not know when you get such a quick settlement offer is that often these companies have already, or will soon retain their own experts to go to the accident scene, and otherwise investigate the accident. Then, they will use what information is learned, along with knowledge of the law that you don’t have, to try to intimidate you into a settlement which may not be fair and adequate for you. Read about the types of compensation for victims of a serious truck accidents.
Further, right after an accident you may not know the full extent of your or your loved one’s injuries. Additional time and doctors visits may reveal more problems than initially thought, resulting in large amounts of additional medical bills and costs that you didn’t initially contemplate at the time of the quick settlement offer, and which after any settlement you would be responsible for on your own.
Consulting with a truck accident lawyer in Indiana knowledgeable with truck accident litigation can help you get the same type of knowledge and expertise on your side that the trucking company has. Each truck accident is different, but depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, our attorneys, staff or other experts we hire, may be sent out to get eye witness accounts, investigate the accident scene, examine the vehicles involved in the collision, and otherwise secure or document important evidence, such as drivers logs, skid marks and other items which can be lost or compromised with time. These and other actions, can help you secure a fair and reasonable settlement or judgment for your claim, if it is determined that the trucking company is at fault. For more information, see “How much is my truck accident case worth?“.
Starr Austen and Miller focuses on representing individuals and their family members in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those often involved in trucking accidents. If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident you can contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case.