If you were involved in a commercial vehicle accident—such as with a semi, tanker, or large passenger bus—don’t hesitate to secure legal representation. The time immediately after a vehicle accident is often stressful and chaotic, and it’s easy for critical details to be overlooked, especially if you are unfamiliar with the personal injury claims process to obtain a financial settlement. What you do in the hours, days, and weeks following the accident can make or break your case, so contacting an attorney should be the next step after you have obtained medical attention.
How a Skilled Missouri Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
A lawyer with experience in truck crashes can help you avoid some of the most common mistakes people make after being involved in a commercial truck accident, such as:
- Not seeking or following medical attention
- Failing to gather evidence
- Not obtaining a police report
- Providing too much information to insurance companies
- Posting on social media
- Accepting a settlement offer that is too low
Commercial truck accidents can be especially complicated, as they can involve multiple defendants who are all pointing fingers at someone else. Many victims leave money on the table because they fail to realize all of the parties who might be held legally responsible for the accident.
The injuries a victim experiences in a truck crash can also be more extensive due to the massive size of commercial vehicles. Your skilled legal counsel ensures that you’re fairly compensated for all of the ways you were harmed.
What Beck & Beck Offers
The knowledgeable legal team at Beck & Beck is experienced in representing people who have been through truck collisions in Missouri. Here’s how our team will work for you.
Manage the Details
Beck & Beck ensures all of the paperwork is completed, medical records are obtained and evidence is gathered. Having someone else handle the case details allows you to focus on recovery from the very beginning, instead of having to spend time and energy stressing about all of the particulars of your case.
Connect You With Resources
If you’re unable to work as a result of your injuries or don’t have health insurance to cover your medical bills, Beck & Beck can help you find ways to cover your expenses until you receive a settlement. We also help you document all expenses you need to track related to your injuries and lost wages.
Certain cases benefit from medical, financial, and crash reconstruction experts to support the details of the incident and how you were affected. We don’t hesitate to utilize their expertise to reinforce your claim.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
If the trucking company or its insurer try to get you to accept an amount that’s too low, unfairly shift blame onto you, or deny your claim entirely, the attorneys at Beck & Beck advocate on your behalf. We’ll strategize to secure a reasonable and more timely settlement, either by working with the insurance company to reach an agreement or by filing a lawsuit.
Understanding Trucking Regulations
Some additional rules and laws apply to truck drivers that the average person without a commercial driver’s license might not know. Our attorneys are familiar with these regulations and will determine that if a trucker violated Missouri’s rules and laws for commercial vehicles, this is factored into your settlement. Our process includes:
- Reviewing commercial vehicle maintenance records
- Examining truck operator driving logs
- Downloading information from the truck’s computer system
- Investigating the truck operator’s prior driving history
- Checking the trucking company’s driver requirements
- Assessing if the trucker might have been under the influence of substances at the time of the accident or the night before
- Taking depositions from the driver, witnesses, and passengers
Recovering from a truck accident and the process of obtaining a settlement is a confusing time, and it’s common for people to have questions about complicated legal procedures. Fortunately, Beck & Beck provides answers in plain, simple language.