Spokane Truck Accident Frequently Asked Questions
If you were in an accident with a semi-truck, it is highly likely that you were injured in the crash. The time after an accident is filled with uncertainty. Medical bills, vehicle repairs, determining fault—you probably have a number of questions and just want some clear answers.
At Craig Swapp & Associates, we can answer any questions you may have related to your truck accident during a free consultation. In the meantime, here are some Spokane truck accident frequently asked questions and their answers:
Who is going to pay for my medical bills?
If you have auto insurance, your own insurance company should provide you with a claim number that you can use at the doctor’s office. The doctor will then bill your insurance company directly to receive payment.
Over the course of your lawsuit, it will be determined who was actually to blame for your wreck, and their insurance company will be responsible for reimbursing yours.
Who should I sue?
This is a more complicated question. In a truck accident, both the truck driver and the trucking company could be responsible. To determine who you should sue, we first need to investigate and determine the exact cause of your accident.
For example, if the accident was caused by a mechanical failure due to the truck being in disrepair, the trucking company would bear responsibility. Conversely, if the accident was caused by distracted driving, the truck driver would be to blame. In some cases, both parties bear mutual responsibility.
Can I handle my accident claim on my own?
This is a good question, and you’re certainly within your rights to try to settle the case without the help of an attorney. However, we do not recommend it because the truck driver and trucking company will have a team of attorneys representing them.
This puts you at an unfair disadvantage, and if you end up in trial, you will face unfamiliar courtroom procedures and protocols that can directly influence the success of your case.
How can I tell what my injury claim is worth?
After you have been in an accident with a truck, you are almost certain to have suffered physical injuries, emotional trauma, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can request compensation for all of the ways that your injuries have impacted your life. We will calculate the full value of your claim after the case investigation has been completed.
Do I have to sue the at-fault party right away?
No, you have three years in which to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations is exceeded. However, this time goes by quickly so it is wise to hire an attorney and file as soon as possible.
What do I do if the trucking company is blaming me for the accident?
This is actually fairly common. The trucking company will want to blame you because it will reduce how much money they will have to pay for your accident and prevent their insurance premiums from rising.
Your best option at this point is to hire an experienced attorney. Once retained, we can gather evidence that demonstrates that it was their fault and not yours.
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. We can negotiate on your behalf, and if the negotiations go well, there will be no need to go to court. A trial only becomes necessary when the other party refuses to pay a fair settlement amount for the injuries you have suffered.
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