In our three-part truck accident series, Stillman and Friedland offered key information on avoiding accident and injury by steering clear of trucks and hazardous situations. In this post we will examine how to maximize your financial recovery in the unfortunate event that you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident.
In review, two components are essential in pursuing your case successfully. The first, which we covered in a previous post, is experience. For truck accident cases, only an attorney with depth of experience can get you the best financial settlement. An inexperienced attorney may miss getting important data, and that may mean that you get less compensation than you deserve.
The second is speed of acquiring information. Truck accidents differ from car accidents in that driver data are often available in the form of company records, but often these records must be obtained as soon as possible after the collision, before they become difficult to obtain. Such records include data on vehicle maintenance, driver hours, training, and many more details involving safety.
Why is truck driver data so important? In car crashes, financial recovery is generally based on the amount of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. In truck crashes, policy limits are higher, and in addition, if improper company compliance with rules and regulations is found to be a factor in the crash, the value of your case could be even higher.
The level of cooperation and early assistance from trucking companies is usually poor, and you will need help with property damage to your car, and a rental car while your car is not drivable, or being repaired.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck crash, our advice based on years of experience, is to immediately find an attorney deeply familiar with these cases.
Stillman and Friedland are committed to act swiftly and compassionately on your behalf and to maximize the financial recovery that you deserve.