Truck accidents are traumatic events that leave victims like you wondering how to pick up the pieces of their lives. Not only are serious, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries common after truck accidents, but the psychological effects can also be severe. Life can seem bleak during the aftermath of a truck accident, but knowing what to expect and how to move forward can make a big difference in your life and the lives of your family members.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Gallatin truck accident lawyers have found that helping our clients understand the legal process and how we investigate claims goes a long way when it comes to protecting our clients’ health and chances of receiving full compensation. So if you’ve just been involved in a truck accident, read our list of frequently asked questions and then contact our firm to get the experienced representation you need. Just dial fill out a free online form.
1. How do you build a truck accident claim?
Building an effective truck accident claim requires several important steps, including:
In order to get money for our clients, we have to prove that the truck driver, owner, or company caused the accident. We do this by gathering evidence like accidents scene debris, traffic camera footage, witness statements, police and medical reports, driver rest schedules, truck weight and maintenance records, and more. We leave no stone unturned when we investigate truck accidents to find out what caused the accident that injured you and your loved ones.
Calculating your total expenses
Truck accidents cause more expenses than just the upfront costs you may experience from things like medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs. An initial visit to the hospital may turn into extensive physical therapy sessions, and a week off from work can turn into a loss of your job or career if your injuries prevent you from doing the same work you did before the accident. Our attorneys will calculate your current and future expenses before we file a claim.
Negotiating with the insurance company
Because truck accident claims can involve large amounts of money, insurance companies are often hesitant to pay out claims and settlement reductions or even outright denials are common. Our legal team will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf, and we won’t accept anything less than the full amount of money you deserve. We know the insurance companies tricks, and we’ll fight to the end—even if it means representing you in court.
2. How can I help improve my chances of getting compensation?
While your main priority after contacting an attorney is to concentrate on you and your family getting better, there are also a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting compensation, such as:
See a doctor for your accident-related injuries.
It’s important that you see a doctor right away after your accident. Not only will this help rule out any internal injuries, but it also shows the insurance company that your accident was serious. You should also continue seeing the doctor if you suffer from any chronic pain or conditions related to the accident, as these visits will also help prove that were seriously injured in the accident.
Avoid talking about your accident with anyone other than your attorney.
Although you may be tempted to talk to your friends and coworkers about your accident, it’s not uncommon for insurance adjusters to contact those people and use your words against you in an effort to reduce or deny your claim. The less you say publicly about your car accident, the better. Keep all discussions between you and your attorney.
Keep your attorney up to date on your health and employment status.
It’s important that you tell you attorney if your or your loved one’s health becomes worse due to accident-related injuries. Any complications or worsening pain or psychological problems related to the accident should be reported right away. You should also make a note of any changes in employment, whether you lose your job, get demoted or reassigned, or get your hours reduced as a result of your injury.
3. Will my case go to court?
It’s unlikely that you will have to go to court for your truck accident claim. At Matt Hardin Law, our Gallatin truck accident lawyers usually get our clients the settlement they deserve by proving their innocence and the severity of their injuries. However, sometimes insurance companies refuse to pay the full amount needed for accident-related expenses. Because we prepare every case as if it’s going to court from the beginning, we’re prepared to go to trial to fight for your rights to full compensation.