Have you been injured in a trucking wreck? Check out these 3 truck accident tips for guidance, then contact our Stillwater lawyers to get started today.
Truck Accident Injury Claim
I’ve been asked many times what the difference is between a tractor trailer injury case and an automobile wreck case is. They have a lot of the similar types of issues, but the tractor trailer injury case is more complicated. The tractor trailer driver is a professional driver. He has a lot more safety rules he has to obey. The tractor trailer insurance company has their own set of lawyers. The rules and laws about tractor trailer companies and their insurance companies are different in the tractor trailer injury case than an automobile wreck case, so you have another one or two attorneys involved. You have to understand, also, that if a tractor trailer ever runs into a car or a pickup, the tractor trailer’s always going to win. They’re going to win because they weigh 30 times more than the average truck or trailer on the road. Make sure that you understand the injuries are more severe, there’s a lot more insurance, there are more attorneys involved, and so it’s a lot more complicated and detailed. You don’t have to worry about that if you hire a lawyer early on in this case. They can help you navigate through this and answer all your questions.
Truck Accidents and Insurance Companies
In tractor trailer injury cases, I do not recommend that you talk to the trucking company, the trucking company’s attorney, or the trucking company’s insurance adjuster. They are not your friends; they’re not trying to really help you. They’re trying to pay the least amount possible. There are so many things that go into these cases that you need to hire a lawyer or an attorney immediately, so you don’t have to worry about those issues.
Truck Accident Settlement Offers
I’ve had clients ask me, “How long should I take before I hire a lawyer?” or, “How long should I wait to hire a lawyer after I’m involved with a tractor trailer injury case?” My response is always the same: immediately; not three months, not twelve months, and definitely not until the insurance company makes their first offer. Insurance companies always say, “Before you hire a lawyer, will you let me make a first offer? Will you promise me you won’t hire a lawyer until I make my first offer to you? I think we can get this case settled.” That’s exactly the mistake you don’t want to make. The insurance company and the adjuster are not your friends; they’re looking out for number one. They don’t want to pay you a fair settlement. Hire a lawyer who’s experienced with tractor trailer cases to help you navigate all the twists and turns of a very difficult tractor trailer injury case. Tractor trailer injury cases are complicated because the drivers are held to a higher standard, they have things they have to do, and sometimes it takes a lot of work to find out all the violations of the safety rules tractor trailer drivers make.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a commercial vehicle crash and have questions about our 3 truck accident tips? Contact a Stillwater truck accident attorney at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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