One area of personal injury law that can sometimes prove complex is semitruck crashes. Oftentimes, these large companies want to try to place the blame for the crash on anyone other than the trucker. When this happens, you might have to work to show what happened on the day of the big rig accident. There are several things that we can do to show why the trucking company, trucker or other defendants are liable for the financial damages you are facing.
The investigations after these types of wrecks are often comprehensive. You must look into the results of this so that we can see if there is anything that will help your case. For example, you have to see what the logbook says about how long the trucker was driving. There is a chance that they had driven more than their allowed hours that shift or that they didn’t take the required breaks.
Another thing that makes these cases so difficult is that the defendants might try to offer a low-ball settlement. Sometimes, they bank on the fact that the victim is going to need to pay bills, so they offer a quick settlement, but this might be so small that it doesn’t even cover your bills.
When you are considering a trucking wreck settlement, remember that it needs to cover all of the damages of the crash, even the ones that haven’t gotten yet. For example, you may need extended medical care. The settlement money needs to cover this. Almost all settlements will include a clause that prevents you from being able to seek more money in the future.
Another thing to consider is that you will have to abide by the terms of the agreement. This might include not disclosing anything about it. Plus, the defendants might not have to admit liability. Considering all of the points in the settlement offer might help you to decide if it is right for you.