If you’re injured in a truck accident in South Dakota, the time to contact an attorney is soon. While some car accidents might not require a lawyer because they result in minor injury and minimal property damage, truck accidents are a different story.
Because of their sheer size and weight, trucks often cause serious injuries leading to high medical bills, significant lost wages, and extreme pain and suffering. Since some truck crash injuries might not be noticeable right after your accident, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. The second thing is to contact an attorney for a consultation, which is usually free, to determine whether your claim is valuable enough to require a lawyer. If it’s not, you lose nothing; if it is, your attorney will know the steps to take to get the compensation you deserve.
Investigation, Evaluation, and Negotiation
The serious injuries often caused by a truck accident can lead to higher awards than do other vehicle accidents, so the trucking firm’s insurance adjusters will work harder than usual to save money. They might dispute your claim, offer you a low settlement early, and/or claim that you were partially or fully at fault. An experienced attorney will know how to:
- Thoroughly investigate your accident to prove the fault of the negligent driver.
- Determine how much you should claim for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
- Put a dollar amount on your pain and suffering.
- Recognize an unacceptably low offer and negotiate to get you a fair award.
- Fight for you in court if your case goes to trial.
Avoiding Mistakes After Your Accident
Many victims of truck accidents hurt their chances to receive fair compensation by not knowing the right steps to take or the mistakes to avoid after the wreck. The sooner you consult an attorney, the more likely you are to avoid common mistakes that can reduce your award. Seeking legal representation right away also gets your investigation started while the accident is fresh in your mind and the minds of any witnesses. You don’t want to wait until memories get fuzzy and crucial evidence is lost or misplaced.