Crashes involving commercial vehicles are complex and involve unique federal and state laws and regulations different from those that apply to motor vehicle crashes.
Quick tip: Plaintiff lawyers work on a “contingency fee” basis.
Your lawyer does not get paid a fee unless and until your case is resolved.
Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash can help. In previous cases, we have located witnesses not listed on the police report, discovered evidence not identified by law enforcement, and pinpointed causes of the crash that different from those concluded by law enforcement.
- Contacting witnesses.
- Getting photographs and measurements of the scene.
- Preserving evidence.
- Retaining crash experts who can offer professional testimony to the court on crash causes and contributing factors.
- Locate the ECM, and have the crash information correctly downloaded.
- Help you document your losses and injuries.
- Review and resolve insurance problems.
- Deal with insurance company adjusters.
Quick tip: you must send an official letter to the motor carrier requesting that they do not destroy or alter evidence— including the truck itself.
When you hire an attorney to represent your legal interests in a truck crash claim, they send letters of representation to the insurance companies. Tell anyone who contacts you about the crash, the claim, or your injuries, to talk to your lawyer.
After investigating, and gathering all the reports, bills and records, your lawyer will consult with expert witnesses to assess your claim.
When the injured people are recovered or medically stationary, the firm will commonly prepare a demand for settlement. If a person was killed in the crash, there are different legal formalities for opening an estate and calculating damages.
The insurance companies will review the demand, and may make an offer to settle your case.
But most of the time, your lawyer will need to file a complaint with the court.