Truck accidents are instances that can inflict great stress. In severe cases, your injuries may be debilitating enough to keep you away from work for weeks at a time, while less severe accidents can result in immense property damage and numerous emotional injuries. Many people believe that if they do not sustain any injuries — sometimes even in the instances that they do –, they do not need to acquire legal representation. They often figure that they merely need to contact the insurance company to receive compensation, but it’s not that simple.
Truck accidents are nothing like car accidents. Although both involve the collision of two vehicles, the post-accident claims procedure can be more tedious than imagined.
Possibly Multiple At-Fault Parties
In a car-to-car collision, you record the other driver’s insurance information, contact them, and negotiate a fair settlement. In truck accidents, there can be multiple at-fault parties as the manufacturer, driver, contractor, and government entities all could share liability in the matter. Failing to identify and address one guilty party can result in the statute of limitations expiring, disallowing you from recovering compensation for your accident-related damages.
One also runs the risk of pursuing the wrong party and allowing precious time to pass. An example of that would be relentlessly reaching out to the truck driver and hearing nothing back when you should actually be contacting the trucking company. Not to mention, once you identify the liable parties, you must negotiate with each of them individually. The average person is not expected to be aware of such factors in a truck accident claim, which is why it is to your benefit to hire an experienced truck accident attorney.
In-Depth Legal Knowledge
Truckers holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) must abide by the regulations set by their specific trucking company and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Truck accidents commonly occur as a result of the driver being in violation of one or more regulations. An experienced truck accident attorney is not only aware of the rules they must abide by but knows where to look to discredit their claims.
Dealing with multiple parties who deny responsibility for your damages and injuries requires expert legal attention. Knowing that you are without legal counsel, they will likely drag out the process in an attempt to get you to accept the first settlement offer which is often insufficient. With the help of an attorney, you can rest assured knowing that you have someone who is experienced navigating the legal system and can implement the most appropriate legal strategy.
The Louisiana truck accident attorneys at E. Orum Young Law Offices can do just that. With over 35 years of experience representing ailed truck accident victims, we are well-aware of the intricacies of the claims process and can use our in-depth knowledge to your benefit. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Our Trial Guarantee ensures that we will take your case to trial per your request.