What to Do When You’ve Been in a Trucking Accident
So you’ve been in an accident involving a trucker. You might be feeling fear or pain—you might be suffering from a loss. In any case, these are harsh, difficult times, but regardless of the difficulty, it is also a crucial time for taking necessary action. The first action you need to take is to contact a trucking accident attorney.
Why You Will Need a Lawyer
Insurance companies are legally obligated to begin investigating claims within two weeks of filing. As a result, you will want to be legally protected as soon as possible after the accident. If you were involved in a trucking accident in which a trucker suffered or caused a great deal of property damage, the other party’s insurance company (or the trucking company's insurer) may reach out to you as part of its investigation.
This is a very dangerous step for you. By answering questions without representation, you are putting your ability to recover damages at risk. For this reason, insurance companies are strictly forbidden from speaking with you when they know that you have legal representation. It is also a good idea to make that clear if they call you.
In addition, your own insurance company may resist awarding you damages that are due to you as part of your policy. Whether you need medical bills paid, repair or replacement of your vehicle, reimbursement for use of a rental vehicle, or other expenses covered by your policy, you have the right to those benefits. Insurance companies are legally bound to provide you with payment promptly, but they may employ tactics intended to delay payment. This is illegal.
Trucking Accident Lawyers Can Fight for Your Interests
An experienced and highly-skilled trucking accident attorney can represent you on both fronts. For your own insurance company, an attorney could aid you in receiving prompt and sizable payments for your medical, mechanical, and emotional needs. For the insurance companies that represent other parties, including truckers or their employers, a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney can defend you from wrongful claims and represent your interests, getting you the compensation you deserve. In either case, you need the legal guidance a high-quality lawyer can provide.
If you have suffered financial or personal losses as a result of a trucking accident, contact the trucking attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP. We offer free case evaluations to help you determine your options.