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How an Attorney Can Help after Your Truck Accident

Posted onMarch 4, 2022

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Being in a serious truck accident can bring personal and professional life to a screeching halt. Until you repair or replace your vehicle, seek any necessary medical treatment, and ultimately receive compensation for the damages caused, you will not be whole. When you suffer injuries in an accident caused by another party, you are entitled to compensation. Below, we’ll explore how, after your Tulsa truck accident, a lawyer can assist you with holding the at-fault party responsible while ultimately recovering the compensation you deserve. 

One of the experienced Tulsa truck accident attorneys from Wandres Law is standing by to answer any questions you might have about your accident, so please reach out for a free case evaluation. 

Truck Accidents are Dangerous

The reality is that large truck accidents are very common in the country and unfortunately,  cause a great deal of injury and death each year. About 500,000 truck accidents are estimated to happen per year in the United States. In 2019, there were 5,237 fatal accidents involving large trucks in the United States, and during that same year, there were around 127,000 accidents involving significant injury. Large trucks are both heavier and higher than traditional motor vehicles, and are, therefore, more likely to cause serious injury or death to the occupants of traditional motor vehicles in a crash. Many truck crashes happen due to driver error, but there can be other causes as well.

Collecting Evidence

When you need to file an injury claim with an insurance company, you will need evidence to support that claim. Trucking companies very often dispatch investigators, and even lawyers, immediately following a collision to begin gathering evidence after the accident. They are not trying to help you but are gathering evidence to reduce or avoid liability whenever possible. We have had numerous clients describe themselves or their loved ones being visited in the hospital by an investigator for a trucking company, or their door being knocked on at home within hours following coming home from the hospital.

You want your own advocate to begin gathering evidence to support your case as soon as possible. Sometimes, trucking companies might lose or destroy evidence of liability, so you want your attorney to send notice of your claim to the at-fault company (and their insurance carrier, if applicable) right away, requesting that they preserve any possible evidence. This might include:

  1. Driver records
  2. Black box data
  3. Dashcam footage
  4. Cargo loading and shift records
  5. Damage to the truck
  6. Accident reports
  7. Driver discipline records

(Your attorney will know how to access this information when it becomes necessary.)

Your Attorney Negotiates with the Insurance Company for You

Insurance companies will seldom if ever, offer you a check that appropriately covers all of your losses. Instead, they will usually start with a low offer, and your attorney will need to negotiate for the appropriate compensation you are entitled to. If a claim settles without a lawsuit or during litigation, there can be several rounds of negotiation during which your attorney can provide additional information or evidence to support liability and damages in your claim.

It is never wise to communicate with adjusters or accept a settlement offer on your own without legal guidance. Too often, this leaves accident victims with much less than they deserve, and they may have to cover losses stemming from their injuries in the future. The best thing to do is to have a lawyer handle all communications with insurance adjusters from the start.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney?

You might worry that you cannot afford an attorney to assist with your claim, but it is important to know that your truck accident attorney should not cost you anything at all out of pocket. If a truck accident attorney takes your case, they should do so on a contingency basis, which makes it so everyone can afford legal representation for injury claims.

Contingency fee arrangements mean that:

  1. Your case evaluation will be free
  2. The lawyer will begin representing you with no upfront fees
  3. You will not pay fees during your case
  4. If you win your case, the legal fees come directly from your settlement
  5. If you do not win, your lawyer does not receive legal fees

Connect with a Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney Now

If you have been in an accident with a truck, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages, and the best way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve is with an experienced Tulsa truck accident attorney. Reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident will ensure that immediate steps are taken to avoid compromising your claim, you can shift the burden of trying to handle it on your own so that you can recover from your injuries, and so that you receive proper compensation to cover your losses.

Reach out to Wandres Law to schedule a consultation to discuss options regarding your possible claim as soon as possible.

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