Were you injured in a commercial vehicle crash? Read these 4 ways to get ahead on your truck accident case, then call our Boise lawyers now.
1. Differences Between Car And Truck Accident Cases
Commercial truck accident injury claims in Idaho and car accident injury claims in Idaho are very different things. It seems like a commercial truck accident case is just a big car collision case – it’s not. The reason for that is there are statutory standards that these drivers and trucking companies have to meet, and that makes sense because they cause so much damage when they are involved in collisions as opposed to cars. Obviously, cars can cause substantial damage, too, but when you have 105,000 pounds of rolling death on the interstate causing a collision, you want to follow up with all the regulatory evaluation. Why the wreck happened is a big question in any trucking collision case, not just did the driver not pay attention but the reason the driver didn’t pay attention.
Professional truck drivers have lots of standards they have to meet. There’s lots of regulations on the safety and the safety of the vehicles themselves and standards that limit what they can carry and how they carry it. We often find that inside one of these large trucking semi-truck collision cases there are things that have happened that raise the culpability of others above and beyond merely the driver. Sometimes, it’s the driver and the owners are just looking the other way while the driver is doing things that are not legal and not allowed, and they’re not allowed because they’re recognized by law as being unsafe. We want to be able to track those things down so all damages and full and fair compensation for your losses can be identified and obtained. As a driver gets beyond merely negligent to reckless or an extreme deviation of standards of behavior, the measures of damages change under Idaho law.
These complexities can only be evaluated by a competent personal injury trial attorney with substantial knowledge and understanding of the differences between trucking collision cases in Idaho and car collision cases in Idaho.
2. Settlement Timeline
Figuring out how long a truck accident collision case in Idaho takes from start to finish can involve complex issues. Because trucking collision cases are more complex than straightforward car collision cases, an accident injury case in Idaho involving a truck might be one that takes longer than you would like it to. Often, they take longer than you would like it to, but that’s the only thing you can do to get full and fair compensation for the injuries that you’ve incurred in this wreck in Idaho with this semi-truck, a commercial vehicle.
You have to go through the process of evaluating not just the damages that have been incurred and what the liability of the driver is, but, as a trial attorney who understands these cases, you want to look at issues underlying like why the collision happened and not merely that the collision did happen, not just the truck driver causing the wreck but why he caused the wreck. Was he overtired? Was he carrying a load he shouldn’t carry? Was he sent to a place he shouldn’t have been sent? Many things need to be looked at, so that can make these cases take longer, when dealing with trucking cases in Idaho, than other ordinary cases.
What you want is somebody who will diligently pursue your case and get a result for you for full and fair compensation for your losses as quickly as reasonably possible.
3. Insurance Investigation
One thing you’ll quickly learn if you’re involved in a collision with a semi-truck is the insurance company is going to reach out to you. They’re not reaching out to you to help you. They’re not trying to give you a hand. They’re trying to take advantage of you. You need to understand that talking to the insurance company after an Idaho trucking collision case is generally a mistake, and it is certainly a mistake to do so without first consulting with your own attorney who has your interests in mind, as opposed to the truck driver’s trucking company and the insurance company’s interests in mind, because that’s what the insurance company for that trucker has in mind when they are trying to reach out and talk to you about your Idaho trucking collision case.
4. Accepting an Initial Offer
One thing you’ll learn if you’ve been involved in a collision with a semi-truck or any other type of commercial vehicle in an Idaho collision is that insurance company is going to reach out to you, and you want to be careful of that. You want to be careful of that first offer they might make you to try to put the case away. The chances of that offer providing you full, fair, and complete compensation for all your losses is about zero. There will be things that they do not acknowledge, and they will be trying to get out of the case as cheap as they possibly can— that’s their goal. Their goal is not to take care of you and your family, it’s not to really provide compensation for you and the losses you’ve incurred, but it’s to put an end to the potential for a lawsuit and a claim against the driver and the company and put that case to bed from their perspective.
You, on the other hand, have to live with the damages imposed on you of this Idaho trucking collision accident. You have to live with those damages for the rest of your life, and you want to be sure that your compensation is complete. When you hear that first offer, the answer is no.
Were you in a crash in Boise and have questions about these 4 ways to get ahead on your truck accident case? Contact our experienced Boise Truck Accident Lawyers at Hepworth Holzer today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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