What to Do If You Have Been Hit by a Tractor Trailer or Semi
If you have been hit by a tractor-trailer or semi, this may be a traumatic time for you. You may be injured, and you may also be suffering from emotional trauma that the accident case. The future ofyour job is uncertain, the hospital bills are piling up, and you are in a constant state of worry. You have heard many ideas about what course of action you should pursue. The insurance company is pressing you to settle. You’re confused, and you feel like you are on your own.
What You Need to Be Aware Of
There were 333,000 accidents that involved semi-trailer trucks just last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of these accidents occurred because of driver negligence. As required by law from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, semi trucks are held to an entirely different standard, and their accidents are treated differently than those that involve a passenger vehicle, such as a car, pickup truck or motorcycle. Insurance policies on commercial vehicles like semi trucks can cover $1 million, which is why it is important to talk to an accident and injury lawyer about your case.
Talk to the Right People
After your accident, many people may try to give you advice. You may hear about other people’s cases and how much money they obtained from the insurance, or even from the judgment.The truth is that every accident is unique, and every case is different. Even if you were injured similarly as someone else on the same road, with the same conditions, it still is not the same. The core circumstances of your accident are different, and the insurance may settle for more or less than the stories you hear.
Never Settle Quickly
Insurance companies will usually try to settle quickly because it is in their best interest, not because it is in your best interest. By settling quickly, you may discover that you had injuries you were unaware of, resulting in extensive medical bills. The diagnosis of your injuries may change as they heal or worsen over time. This may affect your type of treatment and how long you need to be treated for your injuries. It is hard for you to judge quickly the toll the accident will take on your life in both physiological and psychological aspects. You need time to properly evaluate them with the care of a knowledgeable doctor.
This is just a brief outline as to why you need to have an experienced attorney oversee your claims. Your lawyer can make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. You have suffered enough with your injury, so let as professional of the law handle your insurance to help you receive everything you need for a proper financial and physical recovery.
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