Truck accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck crash, or you lost a loved one, it’s common to grieve over the accident and how your life was suddenly changed. However, what you do directly after a truck accident plays an important role in what you’re able to do later on. Here are some key points to keep in mind.
Trucking Companies Often Alter or Destroy Records
Legally speaking, a trucking company has the right to destroy logs or records unless a motion is brought forward to state that those records will be involved in a pending lawsuit. It is absolutely critical that after your accident, you contact an attorney who can file a motion to preserve this evidence before the trucking company is able to alter or destroy it.
Logs may indicate that the driver was fatigued or had driven more hours consecutively than allowed. The “black box” that trucks are equipped with may have recorded that the driver was speeding. All of this information may come into play if you bring forward an accident claim and will have an important role in proving fault. Do everything you can as soon as possible to ensure this evidence is preserved.
Trucking Insurance Companies Will Try to Low-ball You
Trucking companies are well-versed in how to settle accident claims in a way that protects their best interests. Usually, this is done by low-balling accident victims with a settlement that is far less than what their injuries and damages were. Never accept the first settlement offer made to you by the trucking company’s insurance agent, because it will unlikely be enough to cover your current medical expenses, let alone lost wages, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
Instead, work with an attorney to put a value on your claim and know the minimum settlement offer you are willing to accept. Your attorney may also be able to help negotiate directly with the insurance company, increasing the chances that you are offered a fair and adequate settlement. In the event that no adequate settlement is offered, you may need to pursue litigation.
Contact Pepper & Odom, P.C. Today
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a truck accident, it’s important that you reach out to an attorney right away. We can help — call for a consultation at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.