Being involved in a car accident can be seriously detrimental to anyone involved, but when you are in a passenger vehicle and get in an accident with a commercial truck, the damage and injuries can be far more serious even if you are traveling at a low speed. The simple reason for this increased possibility of injury is the size difference between the two vehicles. This is why truck drivers are held to a much higher standard for their licensing requirements, the records they must keep of their travels, their restrictions for the amount that they can drive each week, and more.
Since truck drivers are held to this higher standard, it is the hope that there are responsible truck drivers on the roads of Fresno to keep everyone around them safe, but sometimes this is not the case. There are many different reasons that a truck driver may cause an accident, such as fatigue, mechanical failure, or a tire blowout — but a truck driver could also cause an accident as a result of pure negligence. In the event that an accident is caused by truck driver negligence, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
How To Seek Compensation After a Truck Accident in Fresno
If you have been in an accident with a truck driver, you may quickly realize that the process is much more complicated than if you were in a passenger vehicle accident in order to seek money for your injuries and damage. This is because of the extensive documentation and information that truck drivers are required to maintain, as well as how extensive their insurance policies can be. In many cases, a truck driver’s insurance policy will be in excess of $1 million because of the additional risk that they carry with both physical safety and the value of goods that they transport.
The additional documentation can create some complications for a person trying to deal with the insurance company because of how confusing the additional paperwork can be, but it also creates many opportunities for an experienced personal injury attorney to identify examples of negligence that can get their client more money than the insurance company will initially offer.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies After Truck Accidents
When you are working with the team at Grossman Law Offices, we will handle all communications with the insurance company for you. Our experience with these types of claims will be a major help to you and can give you the confidence you need to focus on recovery without the additional stress of worrying about your financial wellbeing. The insurance company will likely make an initial settlement offer that will be very low compared to the amount you truly deserve, and we will then begin a process of negotiations in order to hopefully reach a fair amount without needing to file a full lawsuit.
We will work with you to determine a fair amount of money that we will be working towards, and will then determine the amount that we would agree to a settlement for, versus the amount we will seek in a full lawsuit. An out of court settlement means that we will be able to save significant time and money, so this option may be preferable if we can successfully negotiate for your compensation directly with the insurance company.
Contact Us Today
No matter whether you are dealing directly with an insurance company, preparing for a lawsuit, or simply trying to understand your rights and options after being involved in a truck accident in Fresno, contact the team at Grossman Law Offices now for a free initial consultation, where you will be able to speak with an experienced legal professional about your situation and learn more about how we can help.
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