People call our Texas personal injury law firm, Ted B. Lyon & Associates, every day with questions about what to do after serious motor vehicle accidents. We understand exactly why they have questions: because accidents are overwhelming, life-changing experiences, the legal system is complex and the pressures faced by accident victims are very real.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Please feel free to pick up the phone and call us at 800-TedLyon or contact us online with your own questions. We offer free and confidential consultations.
I’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident. What Should I Do?
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering what to do. Your priority should be to take care of your health. Make sure that you get the medical treatment you need. Follow doctors’ recommendations. Attend all appointments. Participate in rehabilitation or physical therapy, if that’s recommended.
Keep records of everything you do or every communication you receive. You might want to get a special folder or binder just for accident-related documents. Mark appointments on the calendar. Keep a journal about the pain you experience.
You should also talk with a lawyer. You will likely hear from many different people very soon, like insurance agents and medical bill collectors. If you have an attorney, he or she can give you the guidance you’ll need to protect your rights.
What if the Insurance Company Makes a Settlement Offer?
Insurance companies often try to make early settlement offers to truck accident injury victims. They pressure the accident victims into taking the offers right away—before they know the extent of their injuries.
While the amount may sound like a lot now, it may not be nearly enough in the long term. And if you settle now, you will not be allowed to collect later. It is always wise to talk with an attorney before accepting a settlement offer.
Are Texas Truck Accident Cases Hard to Win?
Each case is different. It is impossible to predict the outcome of a case without knowing all the facts. But we can tell you that truck accident cases can be hard to win for several reasons: One is that they typically involve multiple parties, including truck drivers, trucking companies and manufacturers. The other is that these parties are often represented by skilled insurance defense attorneys who work hard to protect their clients from liability. A skilled attorney is needed to take on the insurance companies and win.
How Much Will It Cost to Get a Lawyer?
It costs nothing to hire a personal injury attorney. Initial consultations are free, and cases are handled on contingency. That means that the attorney is only paid if you recover compensation for your injuries through a settlement offer or verdict at trial. The attorney takes a percentage of the amount recovered. If you do not recover compensation, you do not pay attorney’s fees.
You should never put off talking with a lawyer after an accident because you are worried that you cannot pay. If you have been injured in a truck accident call our Dallas – Fort Worth Metropolitan area law firm at 800-TedLyon or contact us online for a free consultation.