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How do Injured People go up Against Trucking Companies?

Posted on July 20, 2022 in

Accidents involving larger commercial trucks often result in significant injuries and extensive property damage, and it is crucial for victims to be able to recover compensation if the incident was caused by the truck driver or truck carrier. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly challenging for injured individuals to go up against trucking companies. Here, we want to discuss how individuals are typically successfully able to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against trucking companies.

The Trucking Companies and Their Deep Pockets

When a collision with a commercial truck occurs, it is imperative that any individuals who sustain injuries or property damage be able to recover compensation for their losses. However, going up against a truck driver and their company can be incredibly intimidating, particularly for everyday individuals.

These incidents are not like vehicle versus vehicle collisions where individuals deal with another driver and an auto insurance carrier. When an everyday driver has to file a claim against a trucking company, they have to deal with:

  • The commercial truck company
  • The company’s insurance carrier
  • Any legal teams hired by the trucking company

The sheer nature of the trucking industry typically means that those involved will have more money than the regular passenger vehicle driver that they can call on to defend themselves against a claim. Additionally, trucking companies have an added incentive to lessen their liability or deny the claim altogether because if they are found to be at fault, this not only could significantly raise their premiums but it could be bad for their public relations and cause a loss of business.

Working With an Attorney

There is usually no way for everyday drivers to successfully stand up to commercial trucking companies on their own. When an accident occurs, it is imperative for individuals to speak to a skilled truck accident lawyer who has an understanding of how to take on these parties. There are a few reasons why this is important. An attorney will have:

  • An understanding of the legal processes involved in filing these claims
  • Experience standing up to larger companies and well-funded legal teams
  • The resources necessary to handle every aspect of the claim so you do not have to pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs

Most people do not realize that affording a truck accident lawyer is easier than they think. When there is a valid claim, most truck accident attorneys in Colorado will take these cases on a contingency fee basis. What this means for a truck accident victim is that they do not have to pay anything out-of-pocket, and this is important. Upfront, the cost of battling trucking companies and their insurance carriers can be tremendous, at least much more than most people have available to spend. A lawyer will put forward all this money in order to ensure the claim is successful.

Yes, eventually, individuals will have to pay legal fees, but only if their attorney is successful with their claim. As part of the contingency fee basis, the individual will pay a certain agreed-upon percentage out of the final insurance settlement or jury verdict amount. Overall, truck accident victims will typically still recover more money by using an attorney than they would have recovered if they tried to handle the claim on their own.

Call us today to speak with a Denver truck accident lawyer.