When you are in a traffic accident and have sustained injuries, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney. But if this accident was with a truck and this truck is a part of a fleet for a business, you need to seek out an attorney with experience with this type of litigation. The following are a few reasons for this.
They have experience with trucking companies
This is important because businesses with large truck fleets will inevitably have their truck drivers get into accidents. This means their legal staff has a great deal of experience in getting a quick settlement before it reaches the level of an insurance claim. Insurance claims mean higher insurance rates, so it is often a better idea to settle quickly. Without an attorney, you may think the check you are being offered is fair and not bother filing a claim.
They are better able to negotiate with an insurance company
Even if you were to resist a quick settlement offer from a large business, the insurance carrier that underwrites a fleet of trucks will use all of their skills to give you the least amount. Granted, it will be more than the truck fleet owner offered, but it will not be a fair amount, and you are not likely to understand this. A truck accident attorney will have experience with the insurance company or one like it. A lawyer will be able to negotiate directly with the insurance company to get all the compensation you are entitled to or take the insurance company to court.
They understand the nature of truck accidents
You are likely to have an accident with one of these fleet trucks while you are driving in the city or town where you live. There are often several narrow roads or turns that need to be made, and it is here that accidents can occur. A lawyer will have experience in knowing what probably happened even before he or she looks at an accident report. There is also the issue of debris falling from a truck. The trailers may not have their back doors secured, allowing for a variety of dangerous items to fall to the street or onto your car. All the accident types in a city will be familiar to an attorney, as well as the extent of the damages that can be expected.
There is no advantage in attempting to negotiate with anyone from the truck owners nor filing a claim with their insurance company. An attorney with experience will understand the nature of the accident and how much compensation you are entitled to. They will do all the negotiations, so you don't have to speak to anyone but your attorney.