Were you injured in a truck accident in Kansas? Read our 4 truck accident tips that may help your case, then contact our attorneys today.
1) Accepting the First Settlement Offer
We got a call from someone the other day who had been injured in a truck accident in Kansas. They had received a settlement offer from the insurance company and wanted to know if they should take that initial offer. You really should not take the initial offer that an insurance company makes.
First, the insurance company will oftentimes try to make an offer early on the case before you’ve even received all the treatment that you need or before you have an idea of the full extent of your damages. They do that because they just want to be able to finalize the claim on their end and move on when you’re not even done with treatment and may need a lot more treatment than you realized at the beginning.
Most of the time, the initial offer made by the insurance company is not the full amount or the top dollar that the insurance company is willing to pay for your claim. Most of the time there will be some back-and-forth negotiations that need to occur to get the insurance company to the top dollar, so I would not recommend taking the initial settlement offer from the insurance company and instead recommend that you hire an attorney right away to help you with that process.
If you have any questions about this or any other questions about your truck accident case, give us a call and we’d be happy to help you with that.
2) Differences Between Truck & Car Accident Claims
We were talking to somebody the other day who had been severely injured in a trucking accident here in Kansas, and they were asking what the difference is between a truck accident case as compared to a regular auto accident case in Kansas. There are some very important differences that you’ll want to be aware of. One is, generally in accidents with trucks, the injuries are more significant and more severe, so therefore the damages are higher. As such, it’s important to get the best recovery to compensate you for those injuries.
Another thing is that oftentimes these types of cases are very complicated. There’s usually more than one party and it can involve multiple insurance companies. You could be dealing with the driver of the truck, who might be different than the owner of the truck, or the company who hired the driver. There’s just a lot of complex details that impact your right to recover and who you can recover from, and, because of that, it’s very important to have an attorney who is experienced in handling truck accident cases.
The insurance carriers and the trucking companies, because of the severity of the injuries and other factors, will work hard to delay and deny your claim, so you definitely want an attorney who knows how to handle these cases, knows how to work with these trucking companies and their insurance carriers, and can take your case to trial if they’re not willing to pay a fair amount for your injuries. The goal is to get the best recovery for you, and you want to make sure you have an attorney that can do that.
If you have any questions about this or any other matter, give us a call. We would be happy to answer your questions.
3) Case Going to Trial
We were talking to a client the other day who had an injury from a trucking accident in Kansas. She was really concerned about not wanting to go to trial and wondered if she was going to have to go to trial. Really, for the most part, we can negotiate a settlement with the insurance carrier in these types of cases before having to go to trial. It’s really all dependent on the insurance company and how fair and reasonable they are in offering to pay your damages. If they’re not willing to be fair and reasonable, then we have to be prepared to take your case to trial.
If we do need to take your case to trial, then we will be prepared. We will make sure you are prepared and that you have nothing to worry about. Even though most cases are able to get settled without going to trial, if we do need to go to trial to get you the best recovery possible, then we’ll be prepared to do that.
If you have any questions about this or any other questions about your truck accident case, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions.
4) Case Value
A lot of people want to know how we determine the value of a truck accident case in Kansas. There are several different things that go into determining the value. One is your economic damages, which are just the things like medical bills, lost wages, and might also include the cost of future medical treatment that you will need. Then there are also non-economic damages, which are a little more difficult to determine the value. Those are things like pain and suffering, the effect that this has had on your life, all the ways in which this has impacted your life and the impact it has had on your family.
Once you’ve obtained the treatment that you need and we’re able to really determine the full impact that this has had on you and your life and what the future looks like for you, then we will be able to provide you an idea of the value of your case and help you determine the value of your case.
If you have any questions about this, give us a call and we would be happy to talk to you about it further.
Were you or a loved one severely injured in a truck accident in Kansas and have questions? After reading our 4 truck accident tips that may help your case, contact our experienced Kansas truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Like us on Facebook