Being in a truck accident can change your life in an instant. If you or a relative suffered injuries or property damage in a California truck accident, you may be eligible for significant compensation.
You may be wondering how to navigate the California legal system or what your next steps should be. Here are some tips from a seasoned truck accident attorney at Premier Truck Accident Lawyers.
Hire a qualified truck accident attorney.
You may be thinking, “Of course a truck accident attorney would say that.” But we aren’t just trying to sell ourselves here. Truck accident cases can quickly become complex and overwhelming, especially if you are still recovering from serious injuries. Without an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the legal process and speaks the language of insurance companies, you may end up with a much lower award than you deserve. A truck accident lawyer will investigate, examine evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure you receive the highest possible compensation.
Keep records and gather evidence.
Having clear documentation and evidence is key maximizing compensation after a truck accident. Make sure your accident is properly reported to police, and follow up to request a copy of the police report. Collect photos and videos from the accident scene, medical records, receipts, involved drivers’ license and insurance information, and other pieces of evidence. All these bits and pieces will come together to help your lawyer build a solid case.
Pursue all possible parties.
Depending on who is liable for your accident, there may be opportunities to recover damages from multiple sources. For example, you have a claim against two different drivers, or against both a truck driver and the trucking company.
Understand the different types of damages.
In a California truck accident, there are three types of damages that may be recoverable:
- Economic damages compensate for quantifiable financial losses. Examples include costs of medical or rehabilitative treatment, lost earnings, and vehicle repair.
- Noneconomic damages compensate for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, lessened quality of life, loss of companionship, or emotional harm.
- Punitive damages may be awarded in rare cases when a truck accident is caused by willful wrongdoing. Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter others from the same misconduct in the future.
Do not trust insurance companies.
In the months following your accident, it is very likely that you will receive a settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company. It is extremely important that you do not verbally accept or attempt to negotiate the offer without the advice of a trusted attorney. Insurance adjustors can be predatory and do not have your best financial interests at heart.
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Premier Truck Accident Lawyers represents victims throughout the entire state of California. We leverage more than 50 years of combined experience in the California legal system to deliver results for accident victims. Our areas of focus include truck, bus and other vehicle accidents; personal injury law, wrongful death suits, and more.
About the Author
For over 40 years Steven Peck's dedication to law has been unyielding. His approach to client representation and care is deeply respected by his colleagues and clients alike. Steven has extensive trial experience, with millions of dollars in damages recovered for clients in lawsuits throughout California.