If you are injured in an accident involving a big rig or commercial truck, you probably have many questions about filing an accident claim. Claims involving big rig crashes are different from claims involving passenger vehicles only. Below are five important things you should know about big rig crashes.
You Need to See a Doctor
Even if you think you are not seriously injured, you need to see a doctor immediately. Big rig crashes are serious. You have an 80,000-pound vehicle crashing into a 5,000-pound vehicle. You cannot take chances with your health. In addition, you must document your injuries for your accident claim. If you do choose to pursue a claim, you don’t want to give the insurance company any reason to claim your injuries aren’t from the accident, such as a delay in seeking medical treatment.
You Want an Independent Accident Investigation
The cause of the crash is very important; therefore, you want someone working for you that will protect your best interest. An experienced Louisville truck accident attorney can review the evidence and investigate the crash to determine why the crash occurred. You must prove that the driver or other party was at fault if you want to receive compensation for your injuries. Therefore, investigating the accident is very important to determine if the cause was due to driver error, an improperly secured cargo, lack of maintenance, or defective equipment.
Compensation May Be Available
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for a variety of damages. Common damages in a big rig crash include:
- Medical expenses, including costs of future care
- Loss of income, including compensation for future lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Compensation for emotional suffering, physical pain, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish
- Compensation for permanent disabilities, disfigurement, and scarring
The Insurance Company May Try to Settle Quickly
To avoid paying large settlements on accident claims, the insurance company may offer a quick, low settlement. This settlement offer is not the true value of your claim. There is no way to know the exact value of your claim until you complete medical treatment. It is never wise to accept a quick offer without consulting with a Louisville truck accident attorney.
A Lawsuit May Be Necessary
The insurance company for the responsible party may refuse to negotiate a fair settlement amount. If a lawsuit is necessary, it is important to keep in mind that you have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit for a truck accident. If you don’t file your lawsuit before the deadline expires, you lose your right to recover compensation. Contact a Louisville truck accident attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of filing a claim for your big rig crash.
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Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using the online contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Louisville truck accident attorneys. We accept most cases on a contingency fee basis — you don’t pay our attorney fees until we recover money for your claim.