If you were injured in an accident with a semi-truck and are seeking to negotiate a truck accident settlement to receive compensation, it’s crucial to show that the truck driver was behaving negligently before the crash and that these actions led to the accident and your injuries.
Negligence does not necessarily mean that the truck driver was deliberately creating the situation that caused the crash, although it can. It simply means the truck driver could have taken a different action that would have avoided the crash.
You may want to hire a personal injury attorney to help you build a case demonstrating that the trucker made an error or behaved recklessly. The attorney can investigate the facts in the case with you and help you to establish negligence.
Negotiating a Fair Settlement
Insurance companies handle injury cases on a regular basis. This can give them a significant advantage in negotiations related to settlements.
Although you can attempt to negotiate a settlement on your own, you may want to hire a personal injury attorney familiar with these types of settlements to negotiate your claim. The attorney will have knowledge about how injury cases like this work, and they will know some of the negotiation techniques an insurance company uses.
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Seeing a Doctor
Even if you feel fine after a crash, your injuries may become more painful and obvious in the days after the crash. That’s why seeing a doctor after an accident is a good choice to make for your wellbeing and for your case. If you see a doctor and document any injuries that resulted from your accident, you will be able to provide information that is useful to a lawyer when building your case.
After you receive a diagnosis from the doctor and have laid out a treatment plan, you and your personal injury attorney can formulate a strategy to present your case to the insurance company.
If your injuries only required a few appointments with your doctor or a few missed days at work, you may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on your own.
Even if your injuries are minor, and you are able to return to work right away, having an attorney on your side who is familiar with these types of accidents and knows how to negotiate with the insurance companies can be of great benefit to you. Attorneys are familiar with all the legal aspects of a case and can help you to receive the compensation which you deserve.
Proving Your Case
In some cases, the insurer may accuse you of taking negligent actions that contributed to the accident. In cases like this, the insurer then could try to reduce the settlement it is offering.
Additionally, the insurer may claim that your injuries are not as serious as you are claiming or that they are not a result of the accident. The insurance company will then use this argument to try to reduce the settlement offer.
This is why it is so important for you to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible after the accident. Your attorney can use the medical evaluation to show that our injuries are as severe as you are claiming.
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Meeting the Statute of Limitations
When negotiating a settlement in an injury accident with a truck, it’s important to be mindful of deadlines for starting the process for these types of cases. According to the Georgia statute of limitations, injured parties have up to two years after the accident to start the process.
If you will try to show negligence on the part of the truck driver, it is best to contact an attorney as early as possible after the crash. This will give your attorney the ability to start interviewing witnesses and investigating the crash while the facts are still fresh in the minds of everyone involved.
An Attorney Can Help You Through Every Step of Your Claim
An accident with a truck driver may have left you or your passengers with serious health consequences and losses to your property, and a lawyer can help you strategize how to recover those losses.
You deserve to pursue a settlement that addresses your medical bills, pain, suffering, and reduction in quality of life. Negotiating a truck accident settlement can take time, energy, and knowledge of many legal complexities.
Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can help you with the complicated process of the negotiation. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we will work tirelessly to hold those who caused the accident responsible for their actions, and to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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