How Do I Deal with the Trucking Company or the Insurance Company?

Mar 29, 2024 | Blog

Being involved in a trucking accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if you sustain physical injuries. In such cases, it can be helpful to understand how to navigate the legal process and deal with the trucking company and their insurance company. Here are some insights into handling property damage and personal injury claims resulting from trucking accidents in Virginia.

Property Damage Claims from a Commercial Truck Accident

When your vehicle sustains damage in a trucking accident, you may start by handling the property damage claim directly with the insurance company of the trucking company involved. It is essential to gather evidence, such as photographs of the damage, a copy of the police report, and records of any repair estimates or invoices. Contact the insurance company promptly to initiate the claim process and provide them with the necessary documentation. 

Personal Injury Claims

If you sustain physical injuries as a result of a trucking accident, it may serve you to seek legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Dealing with personal injury claims can be complex, and having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can significantly increase your chances of receiving fair compensation. Your attorney will handle all communication with the trucking company’s insurance company or their attorney, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Trucking companies are armed with attorneys who will have their company’s best interest at heart.

Collecting Evidence after a Truck Accident

Often overlooked by many, gathering evidence immediately after a truck accident is a vital step that significantly aids your legal case. By taking proactive measures to document the scene, you provide your lawyer with valuable material to build a strong argument in your favor.

Utilize your phone to capture comprehensive images of the accident site. Be sure to photograph the truck involved in the collision and your vehicle from various perspectives. Check the surroundings for debris, including broken glass, car parts, and tire skid marks on the road. Document anything that appears relevant to the incident.

Additionally, make an effort to discern the potential causes of the accident. Are there obscured road signs or stop lights hidden behind tree branches? Capture images of these circumstances as well.

Witness statements can also play a pivotal role as evidence. If there are individuals who witnessed the accident, obtain their contact information. This information can be invaluable for your lawyer to reach out to them later and gather firsthand accounts of the incident.

Why Hire an Attorney After a Truck Accident Injury

There are several reasons why it is advisable to hire an attorney when dealing with personal injury claims resulting from a trucking accident. First, an attorney will have a thorough understanding of the legal process and can guide you through each step, ensuring that you meet all necessary deadlines and requirements. They will also help you gather evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements, to build a strong case on your behalf.

Additionally, an attorney will assess the full extent of your injuries and damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs. They will negotiate with the insurance company to secure a fair settlement that adequately compensates you for your losses. In the event that a fair settlement cannot be reached, your attorney will be prepared to take your case to court and advocate for your rights.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious trucking accident, there will be a statute of limitations on when you can file a personal injury claim. Contact a personal injury attorney right away, such as Geoff McDonald & Associates in Virginia, who specialize in trucking accident cases. They have the expertise and resources to handle complex trucking accident claims and will fight for your rights to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Geoff McDonald & Associates for a Complimentary Consultation Today

Dealing with a trucking accident and the subsequent insurance claims can be overwhelming, especially when personal injuries are involved. While your first gut reaction might be to handle property damage claims directly with the insurance company, it is advisable to seek legal representation when dealing with personal injury claims. 

When seeking compensation for a truck accident, you may benefit by bringing in an experienced Virginia truck accident attorney. With 20 years of experience, Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., is ready to take on your case. 

Contact us at 804-944-8439 for a free consultation today.

Geoff McDonald and Associates: 804-888-8888.


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