Immediately after a crash with a commercial truck, you'll probably be contacted by the trucking company’s attorneys or insurance company—especially if its driver was clearly at fault. You might be told there's no need for you to hire an attorney to represent you.
Don’t believe it. While you can technically settle your claim without an attorney, you'll likely not get the full value of your claim without one. And because commercial truck claims can be worth a lot, you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
How an Attorney Can Help With a Truck Accident Claim
With a knowledgeable truck accident attorney working for you, you can bypass some of the tactics transportation companies use to avoid paying the full value of a claim. Your attorney will do the following to support you:
- Conduct a thorough investigation. The trucking company will have vital information about what caused the crash, including driving logs, inspection records, the vehicle's black box, and more. While it would be difficult for you to get a hold of this evidence, an attorney can make sure it's preserved and shared.
- Fight claims that you were partially to blame. In order to reduce their client's liability, lawyers for the trucking company might insinuate you contributed to the crash. Your attorney will present evidence to dispute this.
- Negotiate for a fair settlement. By gathering evidence and building a case, your attorney is in a strong position to negotiate for the compensation you deserve.
- Take your case to trial. If the trucking company’s lawyers refuse to agree to a fair settlement, your lawyer will be ready to go court so a judge can rule on the evidence.
As you recover from the catastrophic injuries you sustained in a collision with a semi-truck, you shouldn't have to worry about being fairly compensated by the at-fault driver.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Truck Accident Attorneys
Contact Mahaney & Pappas, LLP as soon as possible after your Massachusetts truck accident. During a free consultation, we’ll review your case and give you the facts you need to make the best decisions moving forward. If we think we can add value and increase your odds of a successful claim, we'll tell you how.