Do I Need a Trucking Attorney?
After getting into any sort of vehicle crash, you may ask yourself, “Do I need an attorney?” Well, as lawyers often say, it depends.
If you’re in a fender bender collision with a truck and you have no injuries and little or no property damage, you can likely handle your insurance claim without needing an attorney. You want to go this route because most personal injury attorneys charge a contingency fee when you settle a claim. If you have a small claim, you can keep more money in your pocket if you don’t hire an attorney.
On the other hand, we highly recommend you hire an experienced trucking attorney as soon as possible if you or someone you love suffers catastrophic injuries or dies as a result of a truck crash. Why?
Trucking insurance companies are in the business of making and keeping money. They are not in the business of paying you or anyone else fair compensation if you make a claim. A trucking company’s insurance company will never offer you what your case is worth if you decide to speak with them directly before hiring an excellent attorney.
Insurance companies know that you don’t have the resources, experience, and knowledge to maximize the value of your case like a seasoned trucking attorney would.
Here’s a good general rule of thumb: If you have injuries that need medical treatment – especially EMT or ER treatment on the day of the crash – it’s worth your time to meet with an experienced trucking lawyer to discuss your options.
What are the benefits of hiring a trucking lawyer?
1. Hiring an attorney will reduce your stress
Litigation can be a stressful environment even for people that deal with it every day. Someone like you, who has no experience with the court system, can be stressed out even more. Many of our clients don’t have the stomach to be constantly taking with insurance adjusters trying to resolve their case.
By having your lawyer shoulder the burdens and stresses of your lawsuit, you can focus on recovering from your injuries – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
2. Experienced trucking attorneys will build and improve your case
A great trucking attorney looks at any new cases with eyes on the finish line: a jury trial. In order to maximize your recovery, your attorney needs to know what evidence to collect, how to collect it, and how to present it to a jury. The jurors need to understand your injuries and the affect they have had on your life.
An experienced trucking attorney also knows how to “peel back the onion” of the trucking company’s operations in order to learn why this crash happened. Oftentimes, our investigation reveals that the crash was totally preventable had the trucking company played by the rules or prioritized safety over the bottom line. Jurors typically don’t like when trucking companies put profits over the safety of the motoring public, which can be reflected in jury verdicts.
3. A trucking attorney will guide you through the lawsuit
A good attorney will act as your shepherd through the often complex world of litigation. Before and after your case is filed, your attorney should tell you how to best preserve your rights and your claims. This includes when and with whom you can disclose facts about your case.
Your attorneys should be able to answer all of your questions about the unfamiliar litigation process promptly. He or she can also counsel you on all the benefits available to you to help you get by during the lawsuit, including insurance, disability, or unemployment benefits.