Idaho Truck Accident Lawyer
There are very few guarantees in life. One of the most certain guarantees is that if you happen to get into an accident in Idaho, and the other vehicle is a semi-truck, you will suffer far more damage than the truck or driver of the truck will. At that point it’s about sheer size, weight, and momentum, and how many more of these elements the truck has over a passenger vehicle. Repairing the damages can be costly and overwhelming without even considering the cost of rebuilding your life after an accident. In such situations, it’s a good time to contact an Idaho truck accident lawyer.
At-Fault in Idaho
Some states have adopted no-fault laws when it comes to accidents and motor vehicles of any kind. No-fault laws mean that your own insurance is used to cover the damages no matter who is at fault, to a limit. In some cases, when you exceed that limit, you may ask for damages from the other party. However, Idaho is considered an at-fault state. This means if you are at fault, your insurance or other financial system will cover the damages. The same is true of your own damages if the other party is at fault. Sometimes this process goes smoothly, but since many insurance companies are looking for ways to save money, it may not. This is especially true because they sometimes have a team of lawyers looking out for their best interests.
What Trucking Companies Face
If the trucking company doesn’t respond as if they are more than eager to take care of medical expenses or even accept their responsibility for the driver, don’t take it personally. These companies have to manage their drivers by answering to several regulations, many of which involve driving records. When one of their drivers is at fault for an accident in Idaho, it puts the company at risk for expenses like ongoing increased insurance costs, training, and fines. For them, paying a lawyer a one- time fee to negotiate is much cheaper than the repercussions and damage to their reputation.
What You Should Do After a Truck Accident
If you have been involved in an accident in Idaho involving a truck, it may be helpful to have images of the accident and the area around it. This can help establish fault, but also establish any mitigating circumstances, like inclement weather. If you can’t do this yourself, ask someone else to. However, you may not be in a situation where you even think of photos. Your lawyer can help you figure out how to gather the evidence you need to move forward with your case.
Address Health Concerns First
Your very first concern should be your health. It’s not just important to take care of immediate problems but to follow through with referrals and treatments. Of course, the end goal is to get you back to being as healthy as you were before the accident, but these steps also demonstrate responsibility and the serious nature of the event. Take care of your vehicle as well. Even if you can’t get it repaired, be sure to get written estimates for the repairs. Contact an Idaho truck accident lawyer who has experience in accidents and dealing with trucking companies and insurance companies.
The attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates are aware of the effects a truck accident can have on your life and your family members’ lives. In addition to the injuries, you have to also face the potential battle with the driver, trucking company, insurance companies, and lawyers representing their best interests. Make sure you have a qualified legal team on your side as well.
If you have been in a truck accident contact our office online or call (800) 404-9000 for a free consultation.