With all of these people involved, you'd think at least one of them would be responsible to ensure that the person injured was treated fairly, but they're not. The thing that all of the people listed above have in common is that they will try to deflect blame of the accident and likely even cover up any wrong-doing by the trucking company and or the truck driver. This is why it is so important to work with an attorney, the attorney you hire isn't working for the trucking company or the insurance company. I work for you. My job is to make sure that you are treated fairly, and that your case has the best possible outcome.
It doesn't cost anything to have a lawyer review your case, and there is no obligation. I talk to people about their accidents on an almost daily basis, and I never expect anyone to sign up with me immediately. I want you to know your rights, and I want you to feel comfortable with the entire process. While it's helpful for us to get working on your case sooner than later, I will not pressure you if you need time to think about it. If you decide that you would like me to represent you, you still do not have to pay anything up front. I am paid based on a percentage of the settlement I obtain on your behalf. That means that if we don't win, you don't pay.
Even in a normal auto accident, there is a lot of information to put together to build your case. You should be compensated time missed from work, medical bills, estimates for future medical costs and damaged property. There are additional pieces of information to investigate when a commercial carrier and driver are involved. A few of the things your semi-truck accident lawyer will need to do:
A trucking accident lawyer can also help you through the complex process of determining responsibility for the accident. Unlike accidents where two normal drivers are involved, there can be overlapping layers of responsibility shared by a number of parties, including: