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How do trucking companies respond to truck accidents, and why do victims need someone fighting for them?
Montana Thompson is a personal injury attorney with Phillips Law Group in Phoenix, Arizona. He focuses his practice on helping those affected by personal injury and wrongful death, including victims of car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and many more. He is also fluent in Spanish.
In this Quick Question, he explains how trucking companies have teams around the country ready to converge on an accident scene, control the situation, and build a case to defend themselves.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 800-260-0800 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
This can be good and bad news for the injured party. On one hand, the insurance and legal teams of a trucking company can begin collecting evidence at the scene of the accident such as photographs and measurements. On the other hand, they may also be coaching their driver as to what to say about the accident in order to avoid liability. In many cases, these teams want to arrive as early as possible in order to frame the situation in whatever way casts the trucking company in the best possible light, even if it de-legitimizes your claim.
It’s a good idea to take pictures of your own at the scene of the accident and collect the contact information and testimonies of any witnesses to the scene. If you are too injured to do so, a friend, family member, or even an attorney can do so on your behalf at no cost to you.
Even when a trucking company is not trying to actively deter the injured party’s case, it is important to remember that their loyalty is to their own company and by extension their drivers. Admitting liability for an accident as severe as the kind that generally involve a semi-truck can mean costly settlements and insurance premiums; the job of these insurance and legal teams is to protect the trucking company as much as possible, sometimes at the expense of the injured party.
This is why it is imperative to contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible after being involved in an accident with a large truck or 18-wheeler. These attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means clients don’t pay a penny unless the case ends in their favor. Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side can level the playing field between a trucking company with their own highly trained team of representatives and that of a standard passenger car driver.
To learn more, contact Montana Thompson directly by calling 800-260-0800 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Do you know how quickly the trucking companies react when one of their trucks has been in a crash? We Ask Arizona attorney Montana Thompson for an AskTheLawyers Quick Question.
So trucking companies, especially the national companies, have teams around the country that are ready on a moment's notice. When they get notified that a truck crash has happened, they are sending people out on the scene immediately. Insurance companies of these trucking companies do the same thing, and they are wanting to go out there and collect evidence, which can be good, but they also may be making sure that their driver isn't saying anything that's gonna harm the trucking company, like accepting responsibility for a crash. They go out there and may do measurements, take photographs, and they're trying to protect their best interest of making sure that the driver and the truck company is protected.
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