If you’re recovering from an accident with a semi-truck, you already know that dealing with the logistics and your injuries are becoming far more than an inconvenience. Negotiating with a commercial insurance agency and navigating the legal process of recovering damages after this type of accident is overwhelming. The truck driver who was operating the vehicle that hit you has a commercial driver insurance company with a fleet of lawyers, and they have the resources to begin advocating for the semi-driver while first responders are still on the scene.
The legal side of this puts you at a disadvantage almost immediately. A rapid response team is deployed on the fleet’s behalf to collect evidence favorable to the semi-truck driver while evidence favorable to you is overlooked. Negotiating a fair settlement is very difficult unless you bring in someone experienced very early in the process. You can’t afford to wait and see if you can handle the negotiations on your own. You are losing wages, accruing medical bills, and the fleet’s attorneys are hoping you’ll be too overwhelmed to think logically and accept a low settlement offer.
You need to know your options.
The semi-truck’s insurance adjusters are experts in negotiating. They may go as far as to act in a way that makes you feel like they do care about your situation and they’re getting you the best settlement they can. Unless you bring an experienced truck accident attorney to the table, no one advocates for you. If you accept a low settlement too quickly, your case is over. You may not even know the extent of your injuries yet. You may not be able to return to work when you plan to. With so many variables at play, accepting a settlement without experienced advice could financially burden you for a long time. Most people don’t have a personal injury lawyer at the ready, but the sooner you hire one, the sooner you can settle for fair compensation, and the sooner you can put all of this behind you.