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When to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney

When to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney

shapiro.admin January 25, 2021 Trucking Accidents

Any vehicle accident can be a scary experience. However, accidents involving large trucks can be particularly devastating and leave victims suffering from catastrophic injuries. The vast majority of vehicle accidents are resolved through a settlement with insurance carriers, but accidents involving trucks usually have added layers of complexity when it comes to who is involved. This includes multiple insurance agencies, trucking companies, a truck driver, and more. Here, we want to discuss when a truck accident victim should consider hiring an attorney as well as why an experienced Scottsdale truck accident attorney will be beneficial for these cases.

Truck accident claims can be complex – work with an attorney early

In a traditional car accident claim, we will typically see relatively few parties involved. This will include the drivers involved as well as their respective insurance carriers. However, an accident involving a large commercial truck is likely going to involve:

  • Any traditional vehicle drivers involved
  • Traditional insurance carriers
  • The truck driver and trucking company
  • Commercial insurance carriers
  • Possible legal teams
  • Possible state and federal regulators

You can be sure that the trucking company and their insurance carrier will do anything in their power to limit the amount of money they payout in a settlement. They will typically have the resources necessary to push back against large claims that have been made against them.

That is why it is crucial that any truck accident victim in Arizona seek assistance from a skilled truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. While the number one priority after a truck crash must be seeking medical care, the very next phone call should be to an Arizona truck accident lawyer who can handle the entire process for you.

What will an attorney do to help an Arizona truck accident claim?

The role of a truck accident attorney is going to be multifaceted. The sooner you discuss your case with an attorney, the quicker the attorney can begin:

  • Helping you determine whether you have a viable claim
  • Ensuring that you receive adequate medical care
  • Working with financial experts to help calculate your total losses
  • Start the investigation process

The investigation into a truck accident is going to be much more extensive than an investigation into a traditional vehicle accident on an Arizona roadway. Commercial trucks are heavily regulated, and this often means that an attorney will have to dig deeper to obtain inspection and maintenance records, truck driver safety records, the safety history of the trucking company involved, and more. In addition, a truck accident lawyer will also work to obtain the following types of evidence:

  • Photographs from the scene of the crash
  • Any video surveillance footage from nearby buildings or dash cams
  • The truck’s “black box” data
  • Any mobile device data
  • Statements from eyewitnesses to the crash
  • Accident reports from law enforcement

An attorney will also handle all communication with insurance carriers or other legal teams involved. It is crucial that a truck accident victim not say anything to other parties that could jeopardize their claim. Unfortunately, insurance claims adjusters are trained to use various tactics to get crash victims to say or do something that could jeopardize their settlement. An attorney will ensure that the truck accident victim does not make any missteps throughout this process.

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