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What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer?

August 14, 2023

When you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious or fatal truck accident, one of the most important steps you can take is to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer. From the moment the accident happens, there are several ways an experienced lawyer can help you.

Here are some of the main benefits of hiring a truck accident lawyer: 

1. You Can Get Free Advice About How to Handle Your Situation 

Hiring a lawyer after a truck accident costs nothing out of pocket. Truck accident lawyers represent their clients on a contingency-fee basis, which means their clients only pay if they win. 

This also means that you can get free advice about how to handle your situation. When you hire an experienced truck accident lawyer, your lawyer will walk you through everything you need to know. Your lawyer will explain the steps you need to take yourself, and your lawyer will also explain the steps he or she can take on your behalf. 

After a serious or fatal truck accident, it is extremely important that you make informed decisions. Mistakes can be costly; and, if you trust the insurance companies, you won’t end up with the financial compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will have your best interests in mind, and your lawyer will provide the advice you need to maximize your chances of a full financial recovery. 

2. Your Lawyer Can Determine the Cause of the Truck Accident (and What Company is Responsible)

Truck accidents can result from several different factors. In order to pursue a truck accident claim, you need to know the specific factor that led to your (or your loved one’s) crash. This involves conducting a comprehensive investigation—and ideally doing so as soon after the accident as possible. 

Even if the police and insurance companies investigate the accident, you still won’t have all of the information you need to make informed decisions about your legal rights. To gather this information, you need to have a lawyer investigate the accident with a specific focus on determining how the accident happened and why. Once your lawyer determines the cause of the accident, then your lawyer can determine what company is responsible for your damages.

Read More: How to Prove Fault in a Truck Accident 

3. Your Lawyer Can Deal with the Insurance Companies For You

Regardless of the company (or companies) that are responsible for your damages, recovering your losses after a truck accident will generally involve dealing with the insurance companies. Not only can this be frustrating and difficult, but it is also very different from filing an auto insurance claim after a “normal” vehicle collision. There are several additional steps and challenges involved, and insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid liability for the accident. 

When you hire a lawyer, your lawyer will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Your lawyer will use the available evidence to prove liability, and your lawyer will negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. Since you won’t be dealing with insurance companies directly, you won’t have to worry about them taking advantage of you.

4. Your Lawyer Can Calculate the Long-Term Financial and Non-Financial Costs of the Accident 

To make an informed decision about when (and if) to settle your claim, you need to know how much you are entitled to recover. Serious and fatal accidents can leave victims and their families facing significant long-term financial and non-financial losses. Your lawyer can calculate your losses for you, and then your lawyer can use this information during the settlement negotiation process. 

5. Your Lawyer Can Take Your Claim to Court if Necessary 

While most successful truck accident claims settle, it is important that you are prepared to go to court if necessary. Under no circumstances should you consider settling for less than you deserve. Hiring a lawyer will show the insurance companies that you are serious—and this alone can have a substantial impact on how they handle your claim. If the insurance companies still refuse to settle, your lawyer can take your claim to court; and, in court, your lawyer can use his or her experience to present a strong case for a favorable verdict. 

Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer for FREE

If you were injured in a truck crash, the experienced truck accident attorneys at Coplan + Crane want to hear your story. Contact our office today online or at (708) 358-8080 for a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas.