Do I Need an Attorney to Pursue a Truck Accident Claim?

If you were injured in an accident, there are many reasons why you might want your attorney to pursue a truck accident claim. While it is true that you are not required by law to seek legal counsel, handling your case on your own could put your financial recovery at risk.

There are several reasons why taking on a personal injury case on your own is risky. From dealing with insurance adjusters to navigating who to talk to about your case, many circumstances exist where a misstep could damage your chance at recovery. The guidance of your truck accident lawyer could be invaluable in these circumstances.

Speaking With the Insurance Company Alone Could Put Your Recovery at Risk

One of the most important ways your attorney could help with your truck accident claim is by dealing with the insurance company on your behalf. Trucking companies are required to carry insurance, meaning it is usually necessary to deal with a provider to resolve an injury claim.

Insurance companies make their money by avoiding as many claims as possible. They do this by actively working to diminish the value of injury claims or deny valid claims entirely.

Speaking directly with the insurance adjuster often gives the company an excuse to deny your claim. Adjusters are trained to push you into admitting fault and will even take your words out of context as an excuse to deny your claim. By allowing your attorney to advocate on your behalf, you could avoid these pitfalls.

The Liable Parties Might Not Always Be Obvious

It is easy to assume the driver of the commercial vehicle is solely responsible for your truck accident. In reality, other parties could share in the blame. If you handle your injury case alone, you might not identify all of the liable parties. This could limit the financial recovery available in your case.

Often, victims can pursue legal action against the truck driver and the driver’s employer, as well. Specific grounds could allow you to pursue an employer. Your attorney could help you understand if these grounds apply in your case.

Your attorney could identify defendants that were not directly involved in the accident at all. For example, they could determine if a defective part resulted in the crash. This could lead to additional defendants in your injury case.

Evaluating Your Case Is Difficult

If you have never been involved in a personal injury case before, placing an accurate value on your potential recovery could be difficult. Some aspects of your recovery might be easy to identify, at least at first. While you might be able to recover damages based on your medical bills or vehicle repair expenses, this could represent only part of your potential recovery.

Determining the value of subjective losses like your pain and suffering is not as simple. Often, these calculations require an understanding of how a judge or jury would typically award damages based on these subjective losses.

Your attorney could also help you identify potential future costs. You might understand the total value of your medical bills before your civil suit. However, your future medical expenses could be significant as well. Your attorney could help you determine what you need now and in the future.

Your Attorney Could Develop a Theory of Liability

Suffering an injury in a truck accident does not entitle you to a monetary award on its own. You must establish that another party’s negligence played a part in obtaining financial recovery following an accident.

Making a case for liability can be difficult on your own. Liability is a legal theory, and experience with handling these cases could be useful in establishing liability in your case. Often, the negligent act will not be immediately obvious.

For example, a truck accident could have been caused in part by negligent hiring practices of the trucking company. Your attorney could investigate every aspect of the accident to determine how negligence played a role.

Let Your D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ Attorney Help You

These are only a few of the reasons why you might want an attorney to pursue a truck accident claim. You never need your attorney, but hiring them can be beneficial. If a truck accident harmed you, your legal representative could provide invaluable guidance as you pursue financial recovery.

D.Miller & Associates, PLLCTM could serve as your advocates following a truck accident. If you are ready to pursue a financial recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more, our team is here to help. We are prepared to review your case and answer questions during a free consultation. Call 1 (855) PRO-LAWYERS as soon as possible.