Dealing With the Trucking Company After a Dallas Wreck
- May 8, 2013
- Truck Accidents
If you or an immediate family member has been injured as a result of a multi-vehicle accident which involved or was caused by a truck or 18 wheeler, then it is important that you retain the services of an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Even as experienced truck crash attorneys, we never cease to be amazed at the level to which the trucking company and their insurance adjustors will stoop in order to trick good, honest collision victims out of the full and fair compensation they deserve. The sooner you hire a lawyer to protect your legal rights, the better.
Understanding Your Rights as a Victim
Hopefully you’ve never needed the services of a Dallas personal injury or wrongful death lawyer before. If so, it’s likely that you don’t have a great understanding of your legal rights as a Texas accident victim. That’s okay, that’s what we’re here for. To put it most basically, if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you have a legal right to make a claim for compensation. This does not mean suing somebody, rather it involves making an insurance claim in much the same way that you would if your car needed to be repaired after being rear-ended.
Difference between an Injury and Property Damage Claim
The big difference between a personal injury and property damage claim, however, is the amount of money involved. Let’s assume the average new car costs in the region of $25,000. Even if the vehicle is totaled in a wreck, that’s only $25,000 that the insurance company is required to pay. Generally, it’s not a big fight to get them to pay up. Injury cases, on the other hand, are incredibly expensive. Between the cost of medical care, any loss of income you may have experienced through your inability to work, plus any additional compensation Texas law allows you to claim for your pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, the final amount could easily total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since that represents a noticeable dent in the insurance company’s annual revenue, they will do everything they can in order to avoid paying you.
Dealing with Truck Accident Aftermath
Due to the sheer size and weight of the average 18 wheeler truck, it is inevitable that they will cause a tremendous amount of damage to vehicles and people alike any time they are involved in a collision. Since you don’t want to be faced with the daunting debt that a semi truck wreck can cause, it is important that you promptly seek advice from a legal professional who is familiar with handling personal injury claims in both interstate and intrastate truck accident cases.
Never attempt to deal with a representative from the trucking company or their insurance company without the aid of a truck accident lawyer in Dallas. Don’t sign any paperwork or accept any money from them. Also be aware that you have absolutely no legal obligation to provide them with copies of your medical records or to give them a recorded statement. If the insurance adjuster is calling you, politely explain that you are in the process of hiring a lawyer and call the injury lawyers at Guajardo & Marks, LLP at 972-774-9800 for a free consultation.