If you were injured in a truck accident, you are much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death than in a car collision. In addition, your claim for compensation from the negligent truck driver will be more complicated.
Retaining an experienced truck accident lawyer in Roswell is crucial if you want to win your case and receive all the compensation you deserve in your settlement. Here are five reasons an attorney is important.
Investigation of Your Truck Accident
A lawyer will conduct an extensive investigation into the cause of your truck accident and collect the evidence you need to prove your case. He will understand the importance of promptly sending the trucking company a spoliation letter advising them of your claim and not to destroy documents that may be important to your claim. The evidence he will obtain for you includes:
- Witness statements
- Pictures of the accident and damage your vehicle and the truck
- Trucker’s employment history, qualifications, and results of drug and alcohol tests
- Truck inspection and maintenance records
- Inspections of the damage to your vehicle and the truck
- Truck’s black box
- Trucker’s logbook
- Trucker’s cell phone records
- Your medical records
Understanding of Federal Regulations
Truckers and trucking companies must comply with complex federal regulations designed to prevent accidents. A lawyer who handles truck accident cases will understand the rules that may have been violated in your case. These include requirements for inspections and maintenance of trucks and the hours of service rules that limit the number of hours a trucker can work without taking a break.
Multiple Parties Could Be at Fault
Unlike car accidents, multiple parties could be at fault in causing a truck accident. The truck driver, trucking company, and shipper are some of the potential liable parties. A lawyer will be able to identify the negligent parties and pursue your claims with all of them—which increases the likelihood that you will receive the maximum amount you are owed.
An attorney who handles many truck crash claims will be able to value your claim accurately and will be skilled in negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. This can be even more complicated if he must resolve claims with multiple parties simultaneously.
If the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement, you need a licensed attorney in New Mexico to sue the negligent parties. He will know the laws and procedures you must follow when filing your lawsuit in New Mexico. He will also ensure that you sue the negligent trucker, trucking company, and others before the deadline, referred to the statute of limitations, expires.
Our knowledgeable and dedicated truck accident lawyers are here to explain your legal options to you and to fight for the compensation you deserve. To find out how we can help you and your family obtain justice and move forward in your life, call our Roswell office to schedule your free consultation today.