Were you injured in a commercial wreck? Learn these 4 things you need to know about truck accidents, then contact our Boise attorneys today.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Common Mistakes
People who have been injured in a semi-truck collision in Idaho make some basic mistakes that we see that ultimately can impact and reduce their ability to recover full and fair compensation. Among those mistakes are talking to the insurance company for the trucker right away before you’ve talked to an attorney protecting your interests. Why is that? Because they’re looking for ways to minimize the amount of money they pay, ways to blame you, ways to say that your injuries were not caused in this wreck or that your injuries are more minor than they are. A lot of times people, being the decent people that they are, will say things that they don’t understand can be used against them in the course of litigation or in the course of their claim for their Idaho trucking accident case. Don’t talk to an insurance company until you’ve talked to a lawyer. It’s a number one rule in cases like these and one of the number one things people do wrong.
Another thing people do is, when they’re talking to their physicians or their family members or their own insurance company, they’ll minimize the amount of damage or the amount of suffering that they’re going through and try to say, “I’m doing fine,” when in fact there’s a substantial problem going on. Again, this is just language or comments that can be used to reduce the amount of full and fair compensation you ultimately are going to be able to recover.
Were you in a crash in Boise and have questions about these 4 things you need to know about truck accidents? Contact our experienced Boise Truck Accident Lawyers at Hepworth Holzer today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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