Truck Accident Settlements - What to Expect & How to Maximize Your Compensation
If you are involved in a commercial trucking accident, you may suffer severe or catastrophic injuries and vehicle damage. That is why pursuing a settlement from the insurance company is so important. Our firm represents clients who have been injured in truck crashes, and we can provide informative legal services as you seek justice for your case.
After a truck accident, a thorough investigation will be conducted. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and police will gather evidence to determine what caused the crash. This may include pictures of the scene, witness statements, and other documentation. There may be many different parties who are responsible for the accident, including the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance crew, or truck manufacturer. It is important to obtain experienced legal services to uphold your right to a settlement after a truck wreck.
In order to try to maximize the amount of compensation you will be entitled to, you should:
- Obtain copies of your medical records
- Speak with your doctor to understand your prognosis
- Wait to settle until you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI)
- Keep a journal to document your emotional trauma after the accident
- Get a quote on the cost of vehicle repairs or replacement from a qualified mechanic
- Get copies of your employment records and documentation
Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive a settlement for past, present, and future expected medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages. The insurance company will likely offer you an initial settlement, but this is usually lower than what you need. It is important to avoid signing an insurance release form until you have spoken with knowledgeable legal representation.
Passionate Truck Accident Lawyers Serving San Francisco
If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial truck accident, Scarlett Law Group can provide efficient representation. We have guided numerous clients to successful outcomes. Being involved in a truck crash is a confusing and stressful situation. With our San Francisco truck accident attorneys, you can receive personal assistance every step of the way as you seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact our firm today to receive a free case evaluation.