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Truck Accidents: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

Due to their great size and force, truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. These accidents are overwhelming, and you may not know what to do next. Read answers to some of our clients’ frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, call Sarkisian Sarkisian & Associates P.C. at 219-265-6061 for counsel.

Do I really need a personal injury lawyer after a truck accident?

You’re not required to have an attorney after a truck accident, but it’s certainly a good idea. Your personal injury lawyer will be the one person looking out for you and your family in the aftermath of a semitruck collision.

Won’t the insurance company help me after a truck accident?

Not really.

We’re not trying to be glib or drag them through the mud; there’s a very good reason the insurance company will not be jumping into action on your behalf: It isn’t good for their bottom line. To them, your care and other expenses are a line item in a budget threatening to create red ink.

To a personal injury lawyer, you are an individual who deserves a strong advocate as you work to recover from your injuries. Your lawyer will look out for you, not the bottom line of the insurance company or anyone else.

Can’t I just accept their settlement offer after a truck accident?

Can you? Yes. Should you? No. Think about it: if the settlement was in your best interest why would they be offering it? Chances are it’s a self-serving gesture being made to avoid providing you with the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and property damage.

What should I do after a tractor-trailer accident?

If you’re able, call the police and check on others involved. But once the scene is safe, talk to witnesses, take photographs, seek medical treatment and seek the assistance of an attorney. Learn more.

I feel OK after getting in an accident with a truck. Do I really need to see a doctor?

You may feel fine in the moments after an accident, but that may not be the case tomorrow, next week or next month. It can take time for symptoms to arise. By seeing a doctor as soon as possible, you create a record of your treatment that will be important if the need for a personal injury claim arises.

Who is responsible for the truck accident?

Depending on the unique circumstances of the accident, liability for damages could lie with the truck driver, the trucking company, or both. For example, a driver is responsible for falling asleep behind the wheel, but the trucking company would also be responsible if they were pressuring truck drivers to violate regulations for how many hours they are allowed to drive in a given time period.

Schedule A Free Consultation To Learn More

If you have additional questions, contact us online or call 219-265-6061 to schedule a free consultation. From our offices in Portage and Valparaiso, we handle trucking accident claims throughout Indiana and Illinois. You will owe no attorneys fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.