As a Saginaw 18 wheeler accident lawyer, I have handled numerous personal injury and property damage cases against commercial trucking companies over the years. In that time, I've learned that the most important thing semi wreck victims can do is to hire an attorney to defend their legal right to compensation as soon as possible after the accident took place. There are many reasons for this. Most obviously is that most people don't understand their legal rights and responsibilities; they don't understand what they can and can't do - or what they shouldn't do. An experienced lawyer does.
Insurance adjustors representing the trucking company are also notoriously sneaky. I've heard of instances where adjustors even turn up at truck wreck victims' hospital rooms unannounced and try to get patients to sign a release to make the case go away and get the trucking company off the hook. The stakes are huge when it comes to big truck wrecks. For victims, it can have an incredible effect on the rest of their life; not just because of any physical injuries but because of the long-term financial implications as well. It is critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side, looking out for you and defending your legal entitlement to fair compensation.
It has been known for commercial trucking companies to destroy pertinent records following a collision which caused injuries to innocent motorists and/or their passengers. This could either be intentional or done routinely in accordance with their standard record keeping procedures. Either way, Federal regulations do exist which require carriers to maintain and preserve records for various lengths of time and the destruction (or spoliation) of such documents can lead to sanctions against the trucking company.
This might sound like an extreme example, but I have been a Saginaw personal injury lawyer since 1991. I have seen firsthand the trucking company and their insurance providers try to pull all manner of dirty tricks to either get the injury victim to surrender their legal rights or else conceal evidence that it was their truck driver who was at fault for the accident in the first place.
There is no way that an average individual could successfully handle a personal injury claim against a trucking company without the aid of a lawyer. Their number one goal is always to get away with paying the least amount of money possible. You need to remember that you're not just trying to recover the cost of repairing or replacing your car. Texas law entitles you to be reimbursed for any medical expenses incurred as a result of being injured in the collision - as well as for any future doctor visits. You can also recover any lost income (both past and future) because of your involvement in the crash, as well as compensation for your pain, suffering and loss enjoyment of life.
For more information and for immediate assistance with protecting your legal rights and fighting for the full and fair compensation which you deserve, please contact the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275. You can also call us locally at 817-294-1900 or else contact us online and one of our experienced attorneys will call you back as soon as possible. There is absolutely no reason for you to delay. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better.
Mark Anderson grew up in Sagniaw and went to Boswell High School.
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