Many law firms tell you that they have the lawyers to deal with car accidents. They’ll tell you that they handle all kinds of vehicular accidents. They might even go on to say how they have the best attorneys to help with all kinds of cases that involve accidents and so forth. One thing we have discovered though is that for as many law firms in this town say that they’re the best choice for vehicular accidents, it’s not easy to find a good Los Angeles truck accident attorney. Those are far rarer than the others. It’s one more reason that, should you be in such an accident, you should come to us.
Our Los Angeles truck accident team specializes in accidents involving trucks. That shouldn’t be such a revolutionary idea, but it is. Too many other law firms tell people that they specialize in cases involving truck accidents when they really don’t. Then, when their clients sign with the firm, they get their cases foisted over onto an attorney that’s never handled any kind of case involving trucks. However, they may have done a lot of car accident cases. The client is expected to be fine with this being the exact same thing. It absolutely is not.
No matter which side of the accident you’ve been on, a truck accident attorney can tell you that a truck accident is far different from a car accident, at least in the eyes of the law. However, there is a lot of crossover and similarities for people who have been in such accidents. The first, most obvious similarity is the most important one: get medical attention. The best thing you can do if you’re in any kind of accident involving a truck is to get medical attention from a medical professional as soon as possible. That means not waiting around “to see if it’s bad,” or “if it keeps acting up.” No, if you’re hurt in an accident involving a truck, then the best thing you can do is get medical attention quickly.
It’s important to stipulate here that this is true no matter what kind of truck is involved in your accident. You should do this if you’re in an accident where you’re hit by a pickup truck, semi truck, tow truck, ice cream truck, garbage truck, or any other kind of truck. Should you be in a vehicle that’s struck by a tuck and you’re hurt, get medical attention. The same goes for if you’re driving said truck. Should you be in a truck and you’re hit by someone, it’s so critically important that you get the medical attention that you need. As this government link shows, there are more truck accidents than most people think.
In fact, our attorney team has actually found that sometimes, it’s harder for truck drivers to actually get the medical attention they need. Driving a truck is a hard profession. It appeals to people who have an exacting nature, works when they aren’t 100%, and believe in toughing it out. It’s perfectly natural for a person like that to not want to have to go see a medical professional. Beyond that, even if they do, it’s absolutely reasonable for such a person to not want to do what the medical professional tells them to do. However, it’s critically important that you do just that. Not only should you follow the medical professional for your health; you should do it for your case.
See, the insurance company is not on the side of anyone who’s not already a member of the insurance company. The insurance company is on the side of the insurance company. So, the insurance company is always looking for a reason to not give someone who’s hurt in an accident the money they deserve for said accident. That’s why you have to do everything you can not to give them any kind of opening to say that you’re exaggerating your injury, or somehow brought it on yourself. They’re going to try and do that anyway; it’s their nature. Don’t help them out with their job.
If you don’t go to see a medical professional right after having been in a truck accident, the insurance company is going to be able to use that again. They can say that you really weren’t as hurt as you said you were. After all, you didn’t go to see a medical professional. How hurt could you be? There’s no way to argue “actually, I was toughing it out but didn’t want to go see a medical professional until the pain got too great.” That may be what happened, but that’s not going to help you to get all the compensation you deserve for everything that you’ve been through.
You can apply that same argument to the advice or medication that the medical professional gives you. Many times, the doctor may tell you to do something you don’t want to do. Or, they may give you some kind of medicine or therapy that you absolutely don’t want to see through, for whatever reasons. However, when you do that, you’re doing exactly what the insurance company wants. They’re just hoping that you’ll do something like this, so that they can say: “see, the injured party couldn’t be that injured if they wouldn’t even do what the doctor said!” As absurd as that may feel to you, it’s absolutely the kind of argument they’ll make.
An experienced truck accident attorney can point out how these cases are different from car accident cases. For example, in cases involving large trucks, there may be multiple parties involved. That’s part of the reason you need an experienced attorney so that we can put together the kind of investigation to know exactly who to go after. If you get an attorney from a smaller, less experienced firm, they may not be able to give you the kind of investigation you need to determine what’s best for you and your case.
When you’re in a car accident, while a lot can go into a case like that, it’s fairly straightforward who may or may not be at fault. There’s one driver, one other driver. Or maybe, there’s one driver and one pedestrian – no matter how it goes, everyone who could be responsible is on the scene. The same cannot be said of a case involving a truck accident. These cases can involve the truck driver, whoever loaded the truck, the trucking company, and so many other organizations could be involved. It can be difficult to determine who’s at fault and who isn’t.
However, when you have a great truck accident attorney on your side, it gets much easier to figure out how the case should go. We can help you to figure out whether you deserve compensation from the company that employed the person who may have loaded your truck wrong. Or, if you deserve to be compensated by the company that didn’t properly maintain your truck, or perhaps you deserve to be compensated by the company that made a defective truck (or truck part) in the first place. With us by your side, we can navigate this maze, always heading towards the main goal: compensating you for what you’ve been through.
No part of a truck accident is easy. The pain, the suffering, the recovery, the case, all of it – every single part is difficult, and every single part is difficult in its own way. That being said, here at the LA Injury Group, we’ve helped so many people to get through difficult trucking accident cases. It’s a great source of pride to help people get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (818) 240-1800 or head to our site.