Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious, even fatal, injuries to the occupants of the involved vehicles. When one of the vehicles is a tractor-trailer or other large truck, the likelihood of serious injuries increases significantly. If you were injured in a trucking accident in New Orleans and the truck was at fault in the collision you could be entitled to compensation for the damage to your vehicle as well as the injuries you’ve suffered in the accident. Of course, that may leave you wondering “ How do I negotiate with a trucking company after an accident? ” There is no law or rule that requires you to retain the services of a trucking accident attorney to assist you after a trucking accident; however, there are several reasons why you should consider doing so. Though the concept of a trucking accident is the same as any other motor vehicle accident there are a number of important differences that make it more difficult to try and negotiate a settlement by yourself. One of the biggest differences in a trucking accident is that there are frequently several potential defendants, unlike a passenger vehicle collision where the only potential defendant is the driver of the car. When a tractor-trailer is involved you may be entitled to seek compensation for several different potential defendants, including:
- Driver of the truck
- Owner of the truck
- Trucking company
- Owner of the merchandise being hauled
- Manufacturer of the truck
- Third party maintenance company
In order to successfully negotiate a settlement you must first determine who is at fault, or negligent, in an accident. When multiple defendants are involved negotiating a settlement can be extremely difficult. In addition, the injuries a victim suffers in a trucking accident are frequently the type that never completely heal. Therefore, you may have medical expenses relating to the accident for years after you settle your claim. Unless your future expenses are properly factored into a settlement you could end up covering those expenses yourself out of your pocket. Finally, determining the value of non-economic damages (pain and suffering) is never easy. In a trucking accident it is often made that much more difficult because of the extreme trauma a trucking accident often causes the victims; yet, if you fail to include those damages in a settlement you will forever waive your right to be compensated for the emotional impact of the collision. If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer or other large truck you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To ensure that you fully and fairly compensated for all your injuries, contact the Louisiana trucking accident attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 855-231-6873 to schedule your appointment today.