Accidents can happen anytime, either because of mechanical failures or driver’s behavior. The latest data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows passenger vehicle occupants comprise the most deaths in large truck crashes. People traveling in smaller vehicles are more vulnerable, it says.
Just last April, a crash near the Crown Valley Road exit involving an overturned propane truck injured at least five people, including a mother and a child. A camper and a sedan were also part of the accident where four of the five patients were reported to be in critical condition.
Being involved in a fatal accident is a traumatic experience. Not only will you suffer from physical injuries that can affect your way of life, but also from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What should you do to get due compensation for the experience?
File a Truck Accident Claim
If the accident occurred because of the negligent truck driver, you may file a truck accident claim. You may receive compensation for the damage caused in the accident. A truck accident attorney can help you process your lawsuit based on the laws in Los Angeles.
Right after the accident, seek medical attention to determine if you have sustained any injuries. Make sure to properly and accurately document the incident. Take note of the details of the vehicles as well as the information of the drivers involved and file a report with the police.
Additionally, you can also gather information from witnesses. They can give you unbiased accounts of what they have witnessed. Take photos of the accident scene in different angles, too. These photographs can help to establish liability with an at-fault truck driver.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Getting the other driver’s insurance information, together with the name of the company where the truck driver works, makes the process of recovering damages faster. It’s usually present in the police report, but it’s better to get it yourself, too.
Insurers tend to call accident victims to access their medical records and other pieces of evidence. They might also offer you a settlement, especially when the liability lies with them. In cases like this, remember not to accept their offer or talk to them. You might inadvertently make a statement that could implicate you as the one at fault for the crash.
When the insurance company comes to you, tell them to speak with your attorney instead. Your attorney knows how to negotiate with them to receive the settlement you deserve.
Seek Legal Assistance from an Experienced Lawyer
Filling a truck accident claim is a complicated process as it involves different factors. The possibility of having multiple individuals affected by the truck accident, for instance, can prolong the process. Work with an attorney who has years of experience in handling truck accident claims. You’ve suffered from your accident already. You shouldn’t suffer again when you seek compensation.
Haffner Law helps you get favorable compensation. We will negotiate with the insurance company and establish your case on your behalf. Our team will make the process as smooth as possible to reduce the stress you’re under. We will provide aggressive representation to recover the full compensation you need.
Contact us to learn more.