If you have been injured in a vehicle accident with a truck, finding an experienced attorney to help guide you through the settlement process is important.
Semi-truck accidents are traumatic, and sometimes people involved in a trucking accident have no memory of what happened.
The most common characteristics of all accidents between a truck and car involve turning errors, lane change errors, and visibility issues when backing up. Some crashes are caused by some combination of a truck’s braking, acceleration, and visibility characteristics — and the car driver’s ignorance of these characteristics.
However, the truck can also be overloaded, or oversized. There might be excessive speed, fatigue, weather and road conditions to consider as contributing factors — or lack of driver training or poor truck maintenance.
The team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. is ready to do the background work necessary to find out what happened, and who is responsible.
Many clients tell us that they have been approached by the insurance company representing the truck driver or trucking company and offered a quick settlement. Always remember that insurance companies are trying to settle for as little as possible. The initial offer is usually the lowest, no matter how generous they make it sound.
It is essential to have an experienced truck accident attorney with you during any settlement discussion. In our many years of experience in negotiating and litigating the settlement process in these situations — when motor vehicle accidents involve cars and trucks — there are often several rounds of settlement hearings or meetings before an agreement is successfully reached.
Involving us in your case early on means that we’ll be able to assemble documents, interview witnesses, and gather other evidence about your case before too much time goes by, and memories fade. This material is important during settlement hearings, and essential if you decide to file a personal injury claim and go to court.
Proving fault is more complicated than you may think, and actual liability could rest with several entities. The motor carrier may be liable when the driver is negligent, but if the truck was overloaded, it’s more likely the distributor that loaded the truck is liable. If there are mechanical issues, it could be the leasing company responsible for vehicle maintenance who can be held liable.
If you are considering a personal injury claim to recover damages, Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. is ready to meet with you to learn more about your situation and make recommendations. After this free consultation, if we decide to work together, most clients opt for a contingency fee agreement. This means we don’t receive any payment until you get your settlement.
Contact us toll-free today (24 hours) at 866-466-9912 or use our convenient online contact form.
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