Most of us know what to do when a big truck accident occurs ─ call the police, get a police report, get insurance information from the involved parties and take pictures. It is the aftermath that can present its share of challenges, however. You may be unable to work due to physical injuries caused by the accident. You may be emotionally struggling to put the experience behind you. A personal injury lawyer specializing in big truck accidents can work on your behalf to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering. Knowing what a lawyer can do for you after a big truck accident can help you decide if it is worth the time and expense.
Be Your Representative
A lawyer can act as your representative when physical injuries you sustained in a big truck accident leave you incapacitated, or if you do not have the knowledge— or the desire—to deal with the legalities involved in a personal injury case. The attorney can handle paperwork, contact relevant parties and tell your side of the story. He can advise you of your rights and provide information about the law and how it works—and how it does not work—in your favor. A responsible lawyer will not shy away from telling you if you do not have a case or have little chance of winning a case. Lawyers work to protect your rights, and they see to it that all parties involved in a big truck accident abide by every letter of the law that regulate their particular entity.
Truck operators and owners are bound by state and federal laws that regulate the trucking industry. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) outlines federal trucking regulations, and each state has its own regulations in place. A lawyer specializing in big truck accidents will be well-versed in these laws and depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, will pursue the appropriate parties to determine if your accident was caused by driver error, inattentiveness or negligence, the trucking company, or another party.
Deal with Insurance Companies
You should consult with a lawyer before you talk to any insurance company, be it yours or that of any other party. Insurance companies will try to get you to settle for an amount that is much lower than what you are entitled to. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying out huge sums of money, and he or she will make sure that they do not succeed in cheating you out of fair compensation.
A personal injury lawyer can be a strong ally to have should you decide to you file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party in your big truck accident. Depending on the nature of your loss, you may be entitled to monetary damages for lost wages/earning capacity, medical expenses, pain and suffering or loss of companionship (e.g., loss of affection in a marriage or loss of a loved one.). A personal injury attorney will work diligently on your behalf to ensure you receive all damages to which you are entitled.
We Can Help After a Truck Accident
Recovering from a big truck accident is hard enough without having to deal with the legal aspects. Call today and set up a free consultation with one of our seasoned personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.