If you have been hit by an 18-wheeler in North Carolina you may be seriously injured and in need of representation. Commercial trucking companies have sophisticated insurance agents whose job it is to save their clients’ money by paying out as little money as possible in a trucking accident. Read on for how The Bishop Law Firm can help.
Do you need an attorney for your case?
It is often necessary to hire an attorney to get the most money from your accident. The attorney will get the trucking company’s insurance policy and find out what the limits are. Commercial trucking companies often carry multi-million dollar policies to cover accidents, but they will not tell someone without a lawyer what their policy limits are. In fact, by law, insurance companies do not have reveal their policy limits unless a lawsuit has been filed. In reality, often insurance companies are willing to reveal their insured’s policy limits to an attorney to avoid the attorney’s filing suit just to find out the limits. Many of these cases settle out of court before a lawsuit is filed, but it depends on whether the insurance company is willing to offer a fair settlement. Your lawyer and you can discuss what a fair settlement is, based on similar cases the lawyer has handled and the facts that are unique to your case. Ultimately, the decision to settle or go to court is up to you (the client).
Hit By An 18-wheeler in North Carolina?
Accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in catastrophic injuries because of the size of the truck and the small size of the car relative to the truck. This means the medical bills for those injured in these types of cases are often extraordinarily high. Some trucking accident victims will need lifetime care for their injuries. These are important factors to consider when settling your case or trying it in front of a jury. Once a case is settled, the accident victim cannot get any more money, even if they have more medical complications down the road. Sometimes a surgical incision will become infected, and some patients have even lost limbs from these infections after they have already settled their claim with an insurance company. This means they will never be compensated for the loss of their limb. That’s why it’s important not to settle a case prematurely.
Find out from your doctor what the likelihood is of your needing care in the future or possible surgeries and consider hiring an attorney to fight for your needs, help you get your bills paid, and deal with the insurance companies so you don’t have to. A trucking accident victim should only have to focus on getting better. Those who are seriously injured are often suffering from a concussion if the injury was severe enough and are in no position to make legal decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives. If you would like to hire an attorney with experience helping those hit by an 18-wheeler in North Carolina , The Bishop Law Firm can help.