Were you recently hurt and have questions about being injured in a truck accident? Check out these 3 truck accident tips and call our lawyers.
Truck Accident Claim Value
When addressing truck injury cases here in Arizona, the value of the case is really nestled in the injury that you have received. What are the damages, the injuries that have impacted you… what is the past, present, and future treatment that is going to be necessary to get you back as close to baseline? As it relates to valuing a case and to determining how much the case is worth, we look at a number of factors. It’s generally based on what has happened to you, what are the injuries that have been sustained and the emotional damage and trauma that’s involved. We look at that and then we determine who is liable for this. Are there some third-party folks that are liable so that there’s some comparative fault? Who should be responsible for the damages that have been inflected in you?
Once we get that number, we pursue that from all possible responsible parties, even sometimes from your underinsured motorist coverage. Make sure you talk honestly and openly with your lawyer about the damages, past, present, and future treatment related to this accident, if there was any preexisting conditions that have been aggravated, if you’ve lost any income, lost any vacation money, or whatever it is that you’ve lost. We put all of those things in a spreadsheet and an analysis and then we come out with this number that’s agreeable to the number that we will be pursuing in the case. You want to talk to all of those factors with your attorney when you contact our office.
Injured in a Commercial Truck Accident
There have been a number of accidents where folks have been critically injured. There’s even been cases where folks have lost their lives in truck accidents. If you’re one of the ones that have been fortunate or blessed enough to have survived but you are critically injured, the first thing we would say to you is our wishful thoughts and prayers are with you and wishing you a speedy recovery. We know your life has been impacted in more ways that can be imagined. We’re wishing you a speedy recovery. To that end, our first objective with you is to get you well and get you back to your family. Whatever it takes for us to do that, that’s what we’re willing to do to make sure that you are well, whatever surgeries are necessary, to get you back close to whole that possibly can.
Part of our doing that is taking on the representation and fending off all of the insurance inquiries and putting you in a place where you don’t have to worry about the litigation matters. We will keep your case moving forward in the speed that is necessary while you heal and while you convalesce and get back up on your feet. In that time, we’re still collecting all of your bills, all of your medical data, because it’ll be an ongoing process. There’ll be subsequent surgeries and physical therapy and we walk this path with you. We’re making sure that no statute of limitations expire so that your case is filed in a timely manner and is still being pursued in the courts or through whatever early dispositions that are possible.
Your number one priority is get well. Let us handle the insurance company. Let us walk along the road with you. As you get well, we’ll deal with the bad driver. We’ll deal with the insurance company and make sure that you get everything that you deserve to get as a party who is not at fault in this trucking accident. Call our office. Talk to one of our lawyers. We’ve got you. Take care of you.
Talking to Insurance Companies
After a motorcycle accident, you will have a barrage of calls from insurance companies – your insurance company, the at-fault driver’s insurance company, the healthcare insurance companies – the list goes on and on of folks who will want to talk with you. They’ll want to get recorded statements from you. One thing should be abundantly clear— it is so important that you retain competent counsel as soon as possible after being involved in an accident because the insurance companies will press you for a recorded statement. Please be assured that they’re not recording these statements for your benefit; it’s for their benefit to determine the amount of liability. Yes, your own insurance company can deny liability for your injuries that you have sustained as a result of the accident.
It’s never a good idea just to trust the insurance company and give a recorded statement. It is the best idea to call an attorney early on. They will walk you through the insurance process, talk to the insurance companies for you, and tell the insurance companies, in fact, to not call you at all and to call the law office and deal with them, so you don’t say anything that could be used against you later to devalue your case or minimize the amount of your recovery.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a crash and have questions about these 3 truck accident tips? Contact experienced Phoenix Truck Accident Attorneys at Smith & Green today for a legal consultation.
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