Like all other drivers on the road, truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and stay up to date on all current laws and regulations. For drivers who operate semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and multi-trailer trucks, the responsibility is even greater. With all of that in mind, there is still a chance you could end up in an accident as a result of negligence on the driver’s behalf.
The aftermath of an incident can be overwhelming and unpredictable. However, one of the few things you can count on is the at-fault trucking company calling you soon after the incident asking questions and potentially presenting you with an offer to settle before you have the chance to speak with a professional trucking accident attorney.
What Will the Trucking Company Ask?
The trucking company (or their legal representatives) may try to get an initial idea from you about what happened at the scene and gather any facts that may be favorable to them. Ultimately, their goal is to do whatever it takes to limit the fault of the trucking company and work towards a lower settlement. It is imperative that you do not take any calls or start a dialogue with the trucking company before speaking with a qualified trucking accident attorney.
Why is it Important to Speak with a Trucking Accident Attorney First?
Although there are myriad reasons why it’s important, perhaps most paramount is that an attorney can advise you on the best course of action relative to the severity of your pain and suffering following the incident. Sometimes, injuries don’t appear for a number of days, and that may increase the amount of money you need to help recover from them. Establishing contact with the trucking company, their insurers, or their representatives could lead you to unknowingly establish that your condition is less severe than it actually is, and that could mean a lower settlement amount.
In short, never talk to the trucking company following an accident without consulting a trusted trucking accident attorney first. Rabb & Rabb, PLLC knows the ins and outs of trucking law and the situations that may constitute further legal action. Call today at (520) 888-6740 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.