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How Long Do Semi-Truck Accident Cases Last?

How Long Do Semi-Truck Accident Cases Last?

shapiro.admin September 26, 2021 Trucking Accidents

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Accidents involving large commercial trucks can result in devastating injuries and significant property damage. Any person injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company should be able to recover compensation for their losses. However, truck accident claims in Arizona can last a while. There are several factors that go into determining how long a truck accident claim will last. 

Here, we want to look at how long truck crash victims can expect to claim to take if they resolve the incident with an insurance carrier as well as how long the claim could last if they have to file a personal injury lawsuit.

If Your Claim is Resolved With an Insurance Carrier

Even though the vast majority of truck accident claims in Scottsdale will be resolved through a settlement with an insurance carrier, there are still certain processes that must be completed before any type of compensation is paid.

You can be sure that insurance carriers and legal teams for the truck driver and trucking company will do anything they can to avoid paying out compensation for these claims. This means that there will be an extensive investigation conducted by all parties in order to properly determine liability. These investigations cannot be rushed. 

A skilled truck accident lawyer in Scottsdale will use their resources to gather all evidence needed to prove fault for the crash. While doing this, they will also ensure that their client is evaluated by trusted medical and economic professionals who can help estimate total expected losses.

An attorney will engage in vigorous negotiations with the truck company’s insurance carriers in order to recover fair compensation. This entire negotiation process can take a few months or even up to a year or more.

We caution all truck accident victims to be wary of initial settlement offers put forward by insurance carriers or a trucking company. If these entities think that they are going to eventually lose a claim, they may offer what seems like an enticing settlement. It can be tempting to want to take these early settlement offers, particularly if an injury victim has medical bills and other expenses piling up. However, initial settlement offers are usually far below what an injury victim should be receiving for their claim.

If You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Unfortunately, there are times when insurance carriers for the truck company or driver refused to offer a fair settlement. In some cases, they may deny a claim altogether and try to place all of the blame for the incident on the injury victim.

When this happens, the truck accident victim and their attorney will have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Arizona civil court. When a truck accident claim enters the civil court system, this can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to recover compensation. The case will enter the discovery phase, which will mean continued investigations and sharing of information between both parties. There will also be continued negotiations and possibly even mediation between the parties. It can take years for a truck accident claim to be resolved once it reaches the civil court system.

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