Do I Need an Attorney After an Accident with a Truck?

Written by Greg on January 22, 2019

semi truck driving down a road in Houston

Accidents happen all the time. In fact, in Texas alone, an accident occurs about once every minute. Luckily, most accidents are minor, but when you get into a crash with a commercial truck, it is often a different story. Large trucks are heavy and cause a lot of damage when they crash into other vehicles. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles states that commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. As a driver or passenger in a vehicle struck by a big rig, you may suffer serious injuries. Some people wonder whether they need to talk to an attorney following an accident with a truck.

Working with the Insurance Company

One of the last things on your mind immediately following an accident is talking to an attorney. You want to concentrate on getting well and you should take the time you need to heal. At the same time, you may be contacted by the trucking company’s insurance representative. They will want to get a statement about the accident as well as information about your injuries.

It is important to realize that most insurance companies record all conversations. They can and will use something you say against you later if necessary. It is therefore best to seek legal help immediately after the accident. Your attorney will take over negotiations with the insurance company to try to obtain a fair settlement that provides you with the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Taking the Matter to Court

The majority of personal injury cases are settled through successful negotiations. Your attorney will work vigorously to protect your rights and make sure that you receive a fair settlement. However, there are times when a settlement can not be reached. In these cases, the matter will need to be resolved in court. Your law firm has the resources necessary to prepare your case for court.

Truck accident cases can be extremely complicated. Your case may require a number of depositions, medical reports, expert witnesses and maybe a crash reconstruction. These are all important aspects of your case that are needed to prove your damages in court. Your legal team is dedicated to ensuring that all of the details are taken care of in order to get the best possible results.

How Much Does an Attorney Cost?

One of the most common reasons that accident victims fail to seek legal help is their fear that they do not have the financial resources to pay for an attorney. Rest assured that you can get top-quality legal representation on a contingency basis. This means that you will pay for the attorney’s fees out of the proceeds of the settlement that you receive. The attorneys will handle the case on contingency if they feel that your case is meritorious.

Insurance companies have legal teams in place that are dedicated to handling only truck accident cases. In order to go up against them, you need a strong and experienced legal team that will fight for your rights. We are here to help you do just that. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case consultation.

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