Trucking Accidents

One of the most frightening accidents occur between cars and trucks.  Severe accidents involving large trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers or semi-trucks often result in severe injuries or death. Consulting with a truck accident lawyer is important to understand your rights and recovery options.

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The severe, debilitating and permanent injuries from auto accidents involving trucks, tractor trailers, 18 wheelers and semi-trucks result in significant financial losses for those involved and their families. However, the law ensures an injured person the right to recover the damages, which include medical expenses, lost wages, expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic losses. Spouses and family members of those injured are also able to recover the loss of consortium. Although nothing can repair the emotional turmoil of a personal injury, recovering monetary loss can ease financial stress.

The company for the truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler or semi-truck and the insurance company will begin an immediate investigation. Both parties will try to limit the recovery of the injured person to the lowest possible amount. Because of this, these companies have established specific procedures to handle auto accident claims, especially in the early stages.

During this time (typically within the first week following the accident and, in most cases between 2 and 48 hours), the insurance company will:

  • Take recorded statements from those involved,
  • Have the vehicles examined and photographs taken
  • Obtain the police report to establish the extent of injuries suffered

Insurance companies try to reach a quick settlement with the injured person to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages likely to develop. This is a trap that the injured party needs to avoid as it typically takes months to completely assess the injuries from an accident. Sometimes, surgery or extensive treatments are required for injuries that may leave permanent disability or require further corrective surgery. Because of this, the value of a claim can only truly be assessed after a firm prognosis by a doctor. There is no need to rush a settlement with an insurance company.

Other significant issues develop from auto accidents. For example, if your health insurance pays for your medical bills then they will often seek reimbursement from your settlement despite significant limitations on their right to do so. Similarly, worker’s compensation insurance will try to obtain reimbursements for medical expenses as well as lost wages, also despite limitations. This is why it is vital to understand your rights prior to agreeing to any settlement.

Determining the value of a claim is complicated as it is based on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include:

  • Evaluation of the nature and extent of the injury
  • Consideration of any potentially recoverable economic losses and liability issues
  • The location of the trial
  • Prior injuries suffered by the claimant

Because insurance companies are skilled in obtaining the lowest settlements possible, it is vital that you have someone experienced to help you navigate the settlement process. The Law Office of Arnold N. Hirsch provides expertise in auto accidents and personal injury claims and will work on your behalf to ensure a fair settlement.

If you or a loved one has been injured or in a car accident involving trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers or semi-trucks in Mesa, Tempe, Apache Junction, Santan, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale or anywhere in Arizona, call The Law Office of Arnold N. Hirsch at (480) 832-3000 to schedule your free consultation.

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