How Long Does It Take to Recover Damages After a Trucking Accident?
One of the most common questions attorneys get asked after a commercial vehicle accident is how long it will take to settle the case and receive compensation. While all cases are different, it is important to know that if you are hurt or injured as a result of a truck accident you deserve to be compensated for your losses. You are entitled to receive economic damages such as past and future medical expenses and lost wages. You may also be allowed to recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Receiving compensation can take time. You need the help of an experienced attorney who will guide you through the process and help you get the maximum amount of recovery.
After a truck accident, there will likely be an initial investigation. The insurance company will want to review a copy of the police report if one was taken and they will undoubtedly be aggressive in trying to place fault away from their insured. You want to be sure that you have a knowledgeable team working on your behalf to secure all evidence in the case. It is essential that you get mechanical records of the vehicle, a driving history, complaints and other information that may contribute to the case. An experienced attorney will immediately begin gathering information to help protect your rights.
Settling Too Soon
One mistake that people make is settling a case too soon. An insurance company is going to try to resolve the case quickly for as little money as possible if their insured is at fault. Once a case is settled, you cannot go back and ask for additional damages. The recovery time in serious injury cases can take longer than expected in some cases. An attorney may want to wait until the medical expenses become clearer before settling the case. It is in your best interest to allow an attorney to do a thorough investigation, complete negotiations and take the case to trial if it is warranted.