Insurance Companies and Truck Accidents
Our attorneys help explain the claims process
Victims of truck accidents in the Dallas area may feel isolated, alone, and overtaken by their pain. It's hard to sort out your options when you've been hurt, and just as hard to think that you even have any. The lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters know how to help when it comes to truck accidents. The needs of our clients come first, and we have more than a century of combined experience to helping them recover compensation.
Insurance companies can be hard to deal with after a truck accident. Here's what you should know about handling them.
What causes truck accidents?
Due to the nature of trucking companies, and drivers themselves, negligence often plays a large role in the cause of accidents. Drivers may be drowsy or sleep-deprived at the wheel, distracted, or pushing themselves to meet company deadlines. In injury cases involving truck accidents, it could be a combination of the company and driver both carrying fault, or one holding slightly more responsibility. Many factors can contribute to a truck accident, such as:
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Speeding, usually to try and meet company travel deadlines
- Inadequate driver training/an inexperienced driver
- Unsafe driving including road rage, failure to use turn signals, and sudden lane changes.
Common issues with insurance companies
Don't be fooled, an insurance company representing a truck driver or their company has been hired to protect them, not look out for your best interests. If they contact you and ask you to make a statement, politely decline and tell them you'd like to consult your lawyer first. Remember, these companies are representing their clients, not the victim. They can use your recorded statements to try and twist words and make you seem at fault.
They may still make you a settlement offer. But it will likely be very low, and won't cover the true costs of your claim. Or, they may try to deny the claim entirely. That feeling of hopelessness may creep in again, and you may wonder if your case is lost.
We can help
When it comes to pursuing justice, compensation and peace of mind, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Truck accidents can seem intimidating, and are often traumatic. You don't have to go through the claims process alone. Contact us today. We can help gather valuable and solid evidence to bolster your case. We seek to obtain crucial information on both the trucking company and its driver, and deal with the insurance companies o you don't have to. If you were injured by a negligent truck driver or their company, they need to be held accountable. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.