Delivery trucks have become a common sight on Texas roads as more and more people rely on online shopping for groceries and other purchases. Companies promise customers a quick delivery, which often puts a burden on delivery truck drivers to reach their destination faster than might be safe. With the emphasis on speed rather than safety, delivery truck accidents happen frequently—and like all truck accidents, they can be serious.
When crashes do happen, the company will do everything it can to deny that their driver was liable. Having an attorney is essential because of the complicated legal issues that come into play after a commercial truck accident. An experienced attorney can ensure you secure a fair settlement so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Understanding the Need for an Attorney After a Delivery Truck Accident
Many people believe that they only need an attorney if the accident was their fault or if there is a question about liability for the crash. But even when the accident wasn’t your fault, an attorney is essential for the following reasons:
- To go over your legal options. In addition to filing a claim against the at-fault driver and other potential defendants, an attorney can review your own insurance policy to see if there is any coverage that may be available to you.
- To build a claim on your behalf. An attorney can help ensure you have a strong claim by conducting a thorough investigation of the crash that includes collecting evidence, interviewing eyewitnesses, and more. Without an investigation, it is just your word against the other driver.
- To deal with the insurance company. The goal of any insurance company is to either deny a claim or to pay out as little as possible. If you try to negotiate a settlement on your own, you will not achieve the same result as when an attorney handles the situation. You could end up with a much smaller settlement that leaves you responsible for a large portion of your accident-related expenses.
- To take your case to trial. Although most claims are resolved before getting to trial, you should have an experienced attorney who is prepared to fight for you in court if necessary.
Damages You Might Be Able to Recover After a Crash
If you’ve been injured after an accident with a delivery truck and it is determined the driver was at fault, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills, including costs for emergency care, hospital charges, physician bills, surgery, therapy, and rehabilitation following your injury
- Loss of income, including earning potential in the future if you become permanently disabled because of the accident
- Property damage, including damage to your vehicle and anything you might have had in the car, such as a cell phone
- Other financial costs related to the accident
- Noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering, physical impairment, or disfigurement
Hire an Experienced Car and Truck Accident Attorney
It’s never a good idea to go it alone after an accident, and this is especially true for truck accidents. These types of accidents are usually more complicated than other vehicle crashes because there is a lot of money involved, and there may be more than one defendant. After an accident with a delivery truck, it’s essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. An attorney will protect your rights and help ensure you recover the maximum amount of damages.
Dealing with insurance companies after a crash can be overwhelming, and your focus should be on recovering from your injuries. Contact The Button Law Firm to ensure your rights are protected. Since we work on a contingency basis, you do not have to pay any fees or retainer upfront. We get paid only after the recovery of damages. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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