One of the worst things that could happen to any driver is getting involved in a truck accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), truck accidents are responsible for taking over 10,000 lives each year. They are responsible for injuring over 500,000 people, and total claims resulting from these accidents go beyond $200 million.
After getting involved in a truck accident, it is important to know what to do next. Usually, the next step is filing a claim with the insurance company and getting the compensation you deserve (for your damages). But there are always a few obstacles on the road; here are the biggest challenges of getting a truck accident claim.
Getting the Right Deal
Following a truck accident, you have to speak with a knowledgeable attorney and determine your next steps. Your best shot is to try and settle with the insurance company outside of court. If you are able to do that, you will save everyone a lot of money.
However, this is not as easy as it sounds. The insurance company will try and protect their interests, and will not always offer you the deal that you are looking for. That being said, you have to expect and be ready for negotiations.
It may be hard getting the deal that you want, but with the help of the Los Angeles truck accident attorney, nothing is impossible. Call us today and schedule your initial free consultation.
Accepting The Initial Deal
Another common question most people are faced with – Is the initial deal worth accepting? Believe it or not, the initially offered deal is usually nowhere close to what you should actually receive after an accident. The insurance adjusters will try to “adjust the offer” so that it benefits the insurance company. This means that if this is your first claim, you will most likely find the offer appealing, and may consider accepting it.
But before you do, you should try and consult with an attorney for several reasons:
- You can find out more about the true worth of your case
- You can get more information on your claim
- You can get someone to assist you in negotiations
- You will learn about the true nature of the insurance company
Be sure to contact one of our available Truck Accident Attorney in Los Angeles, schedule an initial consultation and learn everything about your claim.
The Accident Had a Fatality
If the truck accident had a fatality, things may get a bit complicated. The question that usually pops up is: who is eligible to claim death benefits?
Usually, it is the surviving family members (close family, involving a spouse, children, parents). Getting death benefits from the insurance company may require a lot of “convincing”, as the insurance company will try their best to reduce the total amount of benefits that you should receive. And once again, it will be a challenge getting what you want. For that reason, you have to have an attorney on speed dial. Give us a call as soon as the accident happens, and we will help prepare you and your case for the negotiations.