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4 Things to Do after an Accident with a Large Commercial Truck

Truck Accident Attorney Indianapolis IN

The Indiana University Public Policy Institute indicates that there were 16,550 collisions involving large trucks in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. This means that, on average, these kinds of incidents occurred more than 45 times each day. If you ever find yourself the victim of an accident involving a large commercial truck, it is essential that you do everything you can to protect your legal rights. Here are four ways you can make sure you get the compensation you are owed after a serious truck accident.

Collect Information

If you can stay at the scene of the accident (meaning you do not need emergency medical attention), you should gather as much information as you can. Examples of things that you should make note of include any markings that identify the trucking company that owns the truck, the truck drivers name, the vehicle’s DOT number, and any damage to the truck that looks unrelated to the accident. Try and get contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident and take pictures of the aftermath of the accident if possible.

See a Doctor

You should undergo a medical evaluation conducted by a medical professional after an accident. This is true even if you think you’ll be fine and that your injuries will just resolve with time. It is important to your case that you have official medical documentation of your injuries and the fact that they were the result of your accident. Without this type of documentation, the trucking company’s insurer may be able to deny your claim by arguing that you were not actually injured or that your injuries were actually the result of a previous accident.

Do NOT Accept a Settlement Offer from the Insurance Companies

Trucking company insurers are savvy. They know that truck accidents can result in significant legal liability and do everything they can to pay out as little as possible to injured victims. One of the ways they do this is by contacting victims shortly after an accident (and before they can find a lawyer, they hope) so that they can talk them into accepting settlements that are far less than their cases are actually worth. Once a settlement has been accepted, it is nearly impossible to obtain additional compensation.

Contact an Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a large truck, you should contact a lawyer right away. You can bet that the insurance company has a legal team ready to go—so should you. A lawyer will protect your rights and fight for a settlement that adequately compensates you for your losses. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer, your lawyer may file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.

Call Us Today to Speak with an Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyer

Accidents involving large commercial trucks and smaller passenger vehicles can result in tremendous damage and catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, there is help available. The truck accident attorneys of the Law Office of William W. Hurst are committed to helping victims get the compensation to which they are entitled under Indiana law and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. To schedule your free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney