Truck Company Tricks
Ways Trucking Companies Will Try to Gain the Upper Hand
Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are the lifeblood of the shipping industry. They help transport cargo, goods, and materials throughout the United States and the world. However, these big machines can be deadly or cause severe injuries when they're involved in accidents.
Worse than that, these trucking companies have a wide-range of resources at their disposal. They use many different tricks to minimize the amount of money they have to pay after an accident. We think you might be surprised to find out some of the tricks these companies use to reduce injury claims.
Beware of What You Say and Sign
It's important to know that truck companies get their lawyers to the accident scene immediately. Before you've even made it to the hospital, their attorneys are collecting evidence – they have a head start.
After your trucking accident, the company will most likely attempt to contact you. They'll ask you to record a statement, sign papers, provide detailed reports, and more. Beware of this tactic, as it's a trick to get you to slip up, say something that's inaccurate, or otherwise jeopardize your claim.
Large trucking companies have access to many resources. That's how they're able to constantly request statements and paperwork from you – the victim. Consult with a truck accident lawyer before you sign anything or agree to a recorded statement. It's your legal right to seek an attorney.
Look Out for a Lowball Settlement
Medical bills, lost time at work, your pain and suffering – these are all things that begin to add up after a trucking accident. Yet, the truck company will often send you an initial settlement offer that's well below what you deserve. They do this with the hope that you'll accept whatever they offer. Chances are it won't come close to covering your actual injury costs.
With the hope that you'll take any amount they offer, truck companies can get away with minimizing the amount of money paid to accident victims. The only thing this tactic protects is their bottom line – not your legal rights.
Never accept a settlement from a trucking company – especially after an injury – until you've consulted with a trusted, experienced attorney. If you settle, then you won't be able to pursue further compensation if you discover you need it.
Destroying the Evidence
After an accident, truck companies might attempt to get rid of any evidence that works against them, including driving records, mileage numbers, and more. The right attorney will make sure this doesn't happen. Among other things, an attorney can issue a letter that will put the truck company on notice.
The longer you wait to consult with an attorney, the more evidence could be discarded or destroyed. Remember, there are time limits to your truck accident claim. Don't hesitate to contact a lawyer.
Drawing Out Your Claim
If there's one thing trucking companies excel at, it's delaying your claim to the point of frustration. After an accident, you want to get your injury claim settled quickly, especially as bills continue to roll in and you're missing time at work. However, the truck company knows that they can drag their feet on your claim in hopes that you'll give up or back down.
It's one of their oldest tricks, and one of their most effective too. Because they have the finances and resources, it doesn't harm them to take as long as they want. But for someone who needs to pay bills and put food on the table, time is of the essence. That's why it's important to get an attorney.
Hire the Right Truck Accident Lawyer
Get the right truck accident law firm. Make sure they have the resources, experience, and track record to successfully handle your case. Hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference when you're dealing with injuries, medical bills, lost time at work, and more.
Our law firm has over 35 years of experience helping victims injured in truck accidents. Our consultations are always free. Contact us at 412-394-1000 or complete the form in the top right corner of this page. If you'd like to chat with one of our representatives, click on the box in the bottom right.
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