If you’re in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you must take the proper precautions in protecting yourself legally, mentally, physically, and financially.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know where to begin. The average American driver lacks the critical legal knowledge needed for handling a wreck with a commercial vehicle. The good news is that help is available. Little Rock Trial Lawyers is your best bet at getting the assistance and support you need in this stressful time.
Little Rock Trial Lawyers have over 45 years of applied experience in representing drivers just like you who have found themselves reeling in the wake of an accident with a big rig on one of Arkansas many roadways. We can provide you with a Little Rock truck accident lawyer to represent you during the claims process and help you seek out the maximum amount of compensation available. Call us at (501) 404-2333 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.
Until then, we’ve compiled a list of important questions to ask your truck accident attorney. The answers to these questions can give you the confidence you need to move forward with a case.
Do I Have a Case?
It may sound simple enough, but in many instances, it is difficult for the average person to tell what information and circumstances amount to a credible case. Don’t be discouraged by your own assessment or the advice of family and friends. You may have a strong truck accident injury claim despite many factors that would seem to stand in your way. For instance, even if you received a ticket as a result of your accident, you very well may still have a case against the commercial driver or the corporation that owned the truck.
For the most part, the same traffic laws that apply to daily drivers apply to commercial drivers. However, there are additional rules in place for long-haul truckers to make sure they are operating responsibly. Many factors come into play when determining whether or not a case can be made, and our attorneys will need to complete a full assessment of the parameters surrounding your claim before offering you specific advice or representation.
An attorney at Little Rock Trial Lawyers will gladly go over the details of your accident and begin putting the pieces of the puzzle together. They can determine what causes of action you have, what damages might be available, and what evidence can support your claim.
We generally start with your statement, gather statements from witnesses and obtain a copy of the police report. Often, time is of the essence because we will hire an accident reconstruction expert to visit the accident scene and hire experts to obtain critical evidence from the truck itself.
What Do I Need To Do?
- Hire a truck accident lawyer to assist you immediately. Time is of the essence as oftentimes critical evidence, such as skid marks on the pavement, the “black box” data from the truck and even dash cam video footage can disappear unless they are properly preserved through experts that Little Rock Trial Lawyers will hire on your behalf.
- Do not post information on social media, talk to insurance companies or strangers about your case. Any information you put out there, whether via phone calls, social media, or police statements, can be turned around and used against you. This is especially true if you make statements consistent with the idea that you don’t think someone else is at fault or you don’t think you have significant damages. Because of this risk, reach out to a lawyer who is experienced in handling truck accident claims before speaking to any insurance companies or posting on social media.
- Take photos of your car and document your injuries through photographs. These can be very helpful in the pursuit of your case before the insurance company and a jury that might hear your case.
- Take care of yourself and follow your medical care provider’s advice. A common defense asserted in truck accident cases is that the injured person did not follow the doctor’s advice in the course of their treatment.
How Experienced Are You In Handling Cases Similar to Mine?
Perhaps one of the most important pieces of “homework” you can do when vetting a potential truck accident lawyer is to take a look at their track record. How many cases involving parameters similar to yours have they taken on? How many have they won? How many have they lost? What caused a loss? How many jury trials have you conducted?
You’re not just looking for any experience; you want specific, applicable, understanding. You want to make sure you aren’t wasting your time working with a newbie or someone who dabbles in many areas while excelling at none. You also want to be sure your potential legal representative has the resources to take on a case like yours.
No two cases are identical, but an attorney who has successfully handled situations similar to yours can confidently fight on your behalf. They will know what you are up against, understand how the process works, and know what kind of work needs to be done. Ask for client testimonials if you feel uncertain.
What Does This Process Typically Involve?
Remember: your attorney works for you. You should feel comfortable asking them for details and examples. Communication goes a long way in preparing you for what’s to come. If you have properly vetted your truck accident attorney, you should be able to ask them to walk you through the typical process for an injury claim and give you an idea of what to expect.
We start by taking action to secure the available evidence. This may involve hiring an accident reconstruction expert to visit the accident scene to secure critical evidence such as skid marks, defaced road signage, guard rails and other photographic evidence.
We collect your medical information to document your injuries. Be mindful that your case can not settle or go to trial until you have reached maximum medical improvement.
We contact the motor carrier and their insurance company on your behalf to asset your claim.
Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, we make a monetary demand on your behalf. If the insurance carrier won’t acknowledge your claim, we file formal litigation.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect?
This may be one of the more uncomfortable aspects of working with a lawyer, but there is no shame in asking about compensation and possible outcomes. You want to make sure that you will be able to recover all your losses. Plus, your time is valuable.
Be mindful, every case is different. Various factors can impact the value of your case. Venue, the specific facts, the cost of your medical care, lost wages and any permanent injuries can all impact the value of your case. An experienced truck accident attorney should be able to give you some idea of how much compensation to expect. Every case is unique, but ballpark predictions can be given based on your injuries, broad case details, evidence, and your lawyer’s experience.
How and When Do You Collect Your Fees?
Legal fees are a big part of the decision-making process when speaking with a truck accident lawyer in Arkansas.
The collection of fees can vary. Your attorney should be able to tell you how this part of the process plays out once they have gathered the appropriate information for your specific case.
Typically, personal injury attorneys will take your case through a written contingency agreement. A contingency agreement means that your attorney will ask for no money upfront and they will only charge you if they recover money for you. However, every lawyer is different, so it’s better to learn from the onset what they intend to charge and how their billing works.
What Do I Need To Do To Begin This Process?
If you are ready to move forward, ask your truck accident attorney what is required to get the ball rolling on your case. One of the truck accident attorneys at Little Rock Trial Lawyers will be happy to guide you every step of the way.
Reach out to us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Book your appointment when you call (501) 404-2333 or contact us online now.