Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Wrecks
The aftermath of any motor vehicle accident is scary and uncertain, but especially so after a truck wreck. You likely have numerous questions right now and may not know what to do next.
On this page, we’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions we receive about truck wrecks from prospective clients. After reading, you can contact The Bettersworth Law Firm to get answers to your own questions during a free initial consultation.
How much does it cost to hire a truck wreck lawyer?
Many personal injury attorneys, including those at our firm, take cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means we don’t charge any upfront fees, and clients pay no attorney fees unless we help you recover money in a settlement or jury trial.
When we do win your case, the money we collect is a predetermined percentage of your settlement or award. By tying our compensation to yours, you can be sure that we are always motivated to maximize the amount of compensation in your case. Moreover, it means that hiring an attorney for your truck accident case is very low-risk for you.
Can any personal injury lawyer represent me in a truck accident lawsuit?
Legally speaking, any lawyer could represent you. However, truck accidents are particularly complex and carry high stakes, which means you’ll want to hire an attorney with considerable truck accident litigation experience and a track record of successful outcomes on behalf of clients.
We understand how aggressive commercial insurers and trucking companies are in defending these suits, and we are not afraid to stand up to their bully tactics. We fight hard to help you claim the compensation you need and deserve.
How long can I wait before filing a truck wreck lawsuit?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for most personal injury matters is two years from the date of the injury. If you don’t at least file your lawsuit within that two-year window, you essentially forfeit the right to sue, so it is important to keep that deadline in mind.
That being said, you should seek legal help as soon as reasonably possible after the crash. Insurance companies investigate these crashes immediately and work hard to control evidence and craft a narrative that denies or minimizes their client’s liability. You need an attorney working just as hard for you as soon as possible.
Why should I hire an attorney instead of just taking a settlement offer?
After the crash, there’s a good chance the defendant’s insurance company will reach out to you with a quick settlement offer. That may seem like a kind gesture, and you may be tempted to accept the offer just to end the case quickly. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t do this, however – at least not until speaking with your own attorney.
First, the insurance company’s settlement offer is for their benefit, not yours. Their goal is to settle the case as quickly and cheaply as possible. Therefore, turning down the offer isn’t rude, it is usually a smart way to protect yourself. Second, any settlement offer you receive without an attorney is likely to be far less than your case is worth and far less than you need to cover your costs. Finally, you likely won’t know what your total costs are until you consult with an attorney. Therefore, most truck wreck victims cannot make an informed decision about a settlement on their own.
Have More Questions? Reach Out Today For Answers.
The Bettersworth Law Firm proudly fights for truck wreck victims throughout South Central Texas. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, give us a call at 830-443-9193 or fill out our online contact form.