Truck accidents are not unheard of in Miami. Commercial trucks and 18-wheelers weigh much more than passenger vehicles, and when fully loaded, a commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Expectedly, accidents involving these huge, loaded vehicles often lead to catastrophic outcomes. If you were hurt in such an accident or have lost a loved one, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. While most personal injury claims come with inherent challenges, truck accidents are often the most complex, and it makes no sense to file a claim on your own when you don’t know much about the laws. Consider consulting DDRB Lawyers for a free consultation for your case. In this post, we are discussing why hiring an attorney is so relevant for truck accident claims.
The trucking companies are huge
There is a high chance that you would be up fighting against a mighty trucking company that possibly makes millions of dollars each year in profits. These firms have the money to pay for settlements but often hire legal teams to deny as many claims as possible. A trucking company may have the best lawyers representing their interests, and if the accident happened because of the company’s or trucker’s fault, their lawyers are likely to be more aggressive. Get an attorney before you deal with the claim.
Know what your accident claim is worth
The insurance adjuster representing the trucking company will contact you soon after the accident, hoping that you will accept the initial offer. Most accident victims don’t understand what their losses are worth, and because they are already dealing with financial distress, they end up accepting whatever is being offered. A skilled lawyer can help determine the value of your claim and negotiate with the insurance company so that you get the amount you are entitled to.
A lawyer will help find liability and fault
One of the key challenges of such claims is determining liability and fault. While the truck driver may seem to be apparently at fault, the trucking company or even the vehicle manufacturer could be potentially liable parties. An attorney can investigate the accident, determine who is responsible for your losses, and handle the case accordingly. This often means working extensively with accident reconstruction experts.
Call an attorney soon after the truck accident to get the best possible assistance, and the first meeting doesn’t cost anything.