Have you been injured in a big truck accident? Are you facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and other damages? Do you feel lost because you do not know what to do or who to turn to? If so, our Bloomington truck accident attorney can help.
Truck accidents are not like a regular car crash. Huge insurance companies and trucking companies work extremely hard to limit the amount of money they must pay to accident victims. For this reason and the reasons below, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible following a crash with a big truck.
Your Truck Accident Attorney Will . . .
Protect Your Interests
This is one of the most important things a lawyer can do for you after a truck accident. The trucking industry employs huge teams of accident investigators who begin working almost immediately after a truck crash to mitigate liability so the insurance company and/or truck company will not be required to pay you the full amount of your damages. A truck accident lawyer levels that playing filed by putting a legal team on your side who is working even harder to protect your best interests.
Conduct a Truck Accident Investigation
Part of protecting your best interest, your truck accident attorney will begin an immediate investigation of his own. Truck accidents must be handled differently from other types of motor vehicle accidents; therefore, you want an attorney with experience in this time of accident. Your attorney will search for and identify key evidence that can be used to prove the other party was at fault and then take steps to preserve that evidence so that it is not lost or destroyed (i.e. the truck’s black box, driver logs, maintenance records, employment records, etc.).
Understand Laws Governing the Trucking Industry
There are specific laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. Some of those laws may be useful in proving you case against the defendants. For example, knowing the maximum hours a truck driver can operate a rig without taking an extended break is useful in determining if the truck driver may have been driving while fatigued or drowsing. A truck accident attorney understands these laws and regulations and how to use them to benefit your truck accident claim.
Identify All Potential Defendants
A truck accident attorney understands that there could be more than one potential defendant in a truck accident lawsuit. In most car accidents, the other driver is the only party at fault for the collision. However, in a commercial truck crash, multiple parties could be held liable for the wreck. Identifying and naming all of these potential defendants increases your chance of recovering full compensation for your injuries. Potential defendants include but are not limited to the truck driver, the truck company, the manufacturer of the truck and/or trailer, the shipper, and the maintenance/repair facility.
Negotiate With the Insurance Company
A skilled and experienced truck accident attorney knows when it is best for a client to negotiate a settlement and when the other side is being completely unreasonable. A truck accident attorney can value your claim correctly to determine if the other side is offering a fair settlement. If not, your attorney can file a lawsuit before the time expires to file to protect your right to receive compensation for your losses, damages, and injuries.
Call a Bloomington, IN Truck Accident Attorney
The Ken Nunn Law Office represents clients in Bloomington and the surrounding areas who have been injured in truck accidents. We offer free consultations so you can get answers to your questions about a truck accident claim.
Contact our office 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our Live Chat option online or call 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to speak with someone who can help you recover the compensation you deserve from the party or parties who caused your accident.