Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States, and puts everyone at risk who is sharing the road with the distracted driver. In fact, it is estimated that 9 people are killed every day due to distracted driving. Truck drivers are held to much higher standards than passenger vehicle drivers, including increased licensing requirements, driving restrictions, and more, but this does not mean that a commercial truck driver is immune from distraction while they are performing their work.
If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, contact the team at Grossman Law Offices as soon as possible to begin working on your situation and fighting for the money that you rightfully deserve. Call now for a free consultation, and learn more about how we have handled similar situations to your own in the past, as well as how we will handle yours moving forward.
Seeking Damages After a Truck Accident
After you are involved in a truck accident, one of the first things you will realize is that the insurance policies a commercial truck driver has are significantly more complicated than passenger vehicle insurance policies. The reasons for these complicated requirements, records, and documents are to ensure that all truck drivers on the road comply with federal safety standards in order to keep everyone as safe as possible, but they can also mean that a claims process is confusing and stressful — two things that will not help you to focus on recovery.
Whether or not your accident seems to be fairly straightforward at the start, the process of filing a claim and getting the money you deserve will quickly become overwhelming if you are not familiar with commercial insurance policies. This is where the team at Grossman Law Offices will become indispensable. We will work directly with the insurance company during the claims period, handle all communications and recover all necessary information, and will handle all negotiations when it comes time to start talking about money.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
When an insurance company sends a claims adjuster out to investigate an accident, their top priority is to identify the absolute minimum amount of money that the insurance company can legally pay out without leaving themselves open to future possible legal action. Once the adjuster has determined this number, they will offer that amount to the victim.
In many cases, a victim may not be aware of the fact that this initial offer should be used as an opening to a negotiation period. We will work with the insurance company using our history of experience and success with personal injury claims to work towards a number that is fair and equitable given the suffering that you have endured. If we are unable to reach an agreement, the next step is to file a lawsuit for the full amount of money that you are owed.
Determining Damages In a Truck Accident Caused by Distracted Driving
The damages owed to a victim after any sort of accident depend on many different factors, and some are more complicated to quantify than others. “Economic damages” are one type of damage that a victim will seek, and they are applied towards issues of the accident that have actual dollar values attached to them, such as hospital bills, lost wages, or disability payments.
“Non-economic damages” pertain to issues of an accident that do not have market values attached to them, such as emotional suffering, pain, depression, or anguish that an accident and the associated injuries can cause. While there is no simple way to calculate the dollar amounts that a victim is owed for these issues, they are no less important than the economic damages, and we will fight to get you the money you deserve.
Contact Us Now For a Free Consultation
The first step towards getting the help and the money that you rightfully deserve after a truck accident is to contact a trustworthy, professional, experienced personal injury attorney who will help you start the process the right way. We will be happy to work with you and relieve you of the emotional burden of dealing with these complicated legal issues so that you can focus on your recovery.