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The Difficulties of Filing a Truck Accident Claim

Truck accidents are extremely dangerous and the process for getting compensation for injuries from an accident can be extensive and complicated. Trucker companies have a lot of people on their side the protect their reputation and their funds. However, with the right legal team on your side, a truck accident claim can be won with fair compensation. Below, our expert team of truck accident injury attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the difficulties of filing a truck accident claim and how getting an attorney on your side can help. 

Why Filing a Truck Accident Claim is Difficult 


Filing a truck accident claim can be hard because trucking companies are equipped to protect themselves, their reputation, and their funds. The following are some ways in which truck accident companies make filing an accident claim difficult for their drivers to win a settlement in their favor: 

  • Truck companies sometimes falsify their records. Truck companies have to follow certain regulations though they often encourage or force their drivers to violate these regulations and later cover their tracks by falsifying records. The most common way this occurs is for work hour violations. Truck drivers are prohibited by federal law to drive for more than 14 hours a day and must take a 10 hour rest period before driving again. However, many times, to complete the truck delivery sooner, truck drivers are pressured by their employers to continue driving out on the road, creating dangerous conditions that can cause an accident. They might falsify records and receipts to make it seem as though the drive time was lesser than what it was on the road. Falsifying records is a way that truck companies protect themselves from being held liable for work violations and the causing of accidents. 
  • Truck companies that belong to government enterprises or large companies have extensive budgets for defense to protect them from liability for property damage and personal injuries. Since truck companies have a lot to risk, they have many different players on their team to protect themselves. This is why after a truck accident, you need an attorney who also has extensive resources to help defend your case and the finances to help you get your medical bills covered while the investigation is ongoing. They might even have to hire technical experts. You need a well respected, well funded attorney on your side who will use all their resources to ensure that you get the compensation and recovery that you deserve.
  • Truck accident companies work quickly. At the scene of an accident, the truck company might send out a representative to collect evidence and start building the case that will protect them from liability. They might do this while the trucker is still processing the accident and recovering from injuries. The sooner that a trucker can get legal assistance to help them build their case, the better. 
  • Several other companies might be involved. In the case that an accident occurred due to a mechanical, product, or system failure, the part manufacturer will also need to get involved in the case. However, sometimes it might be hard to trask just which company it was that produced the part since trucks are made up of so many different parts, each from many different companies. 
  • Evidence can be destroyed. Evidence is essential to building a case to file an insurance claim against a company. However, federal regulations allow trucking companies to get rid of data and log entries after just six months. It’s essential to secure and preserve all evidence before it gets destroyed.

Tips for Filing a Truck Accident Claim


While filing a truck accident claim can come with a series of its own issues, there are steps truckers should take to make their truck accident claim filing more easy. Here are some essential tips to take to win your truck accident claim: 

  • Preserve all evidence. The aftermath of a crash can be flooded with emotion, however it is important to secure all the evidence that you can on scene. Gather photos of the scene of the accident, of any other vehicles involved, any injuries, and property damage. Keep records of the driving logs, receipts from the driving trips, messages from your employer, and any other essential evidence that can build your case. 
  • Get medical treatment as soon as possible for your injuries. It’s important to receive immediate medical attention and continuous treatment for your injuries in order to have a successful injury case to win your claim. 
  • Get an experienced truck accident attorney who will use the evidence and their expertise to build your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. They can help determine liability, help get your medical bills paid, build your case to file an insurance claim, negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you get maximum compensation, and represent you in court if you need to file a lawsuit. 
  • Don’t speak to anyone or answer any questions. The truck company and insurance company will ask you questions that they can use against you to prevent being held liable for causing an accident. Don’t speak to them or any of their representatives, not about the accident or any of the injuries that you sustained. Once you get an attorney, you should direct them to speak to your attorney only - they will take care of the rest. 

Need a Truck Accident Injury Attorney? West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help


Get the compensation that you deserve! Our experienced team of truck accident injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you cover medical bills as they come in and ensure that you receive compensation for all of your losses by negotiating with the insurance companies and/or filing a lawsuit if needed. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate expert personal injury legal team.

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