If you were involved in a truck accident, you already know how devastating a crash can be. After all, a fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh well over 80,000 pounds—twenty times heavier than a standard passenger car. If you were in a crash with a semi-truck, you might feel lucky to be alive, even with broken bones. However, the costs of a fracture can add up over time, depleting an individual's or family’s finances, forcing time away from work, and driving up debt.
When you break a bone in a semi-truck accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced Missouri truck crash attorney can help you get the money you need to recover from your injuries.
The Impact of Broken Bones
Since semi-truck crashes often lead to serious injury, people sometimes think a broken bone is not a serious outcome. However, fractures resulting from truck crashes can be more serious than others. The sheer force and power of impact can cause a severe break. In some cases, it can split a bone into multiple pieces or even crush the bone altogether.
Depending on the area and type of injury, a broken bone may demand a months-long recovery—if recovery is even possible. A hip or leg fracture, for instance, may demand intensive physical rehabilitation, months away from work, and the purchase of medical aids, such as a wheelchair, crutches, or access ramp.
Why You Can’t Count on Insurance Companies to Help
If the truck driver was clearly at fault, the insurance company might leap at the chance to offer a settlement. However, in most cases, this settlement will not be enough to meet your long-term needs, even if it covers your short-term expenses.
Insurance companies, after all, are for-profit businesses: their interest is their bottom line. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters will try and advise accident victims not to get an attorney. They may even say that a lawyer will just make the claims process more complicated than it needs to be. The truth is that insurance companies hate it when claimants have competent legal representation.
An experienced Missouri semi-truck attorney knows their industry inside and out and will not let their client get tricked into accepting a low-ball settlement. If the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, we can and will take them to court. All the while, we will work to collect evidence of your injuries, the driver’s fault, and your damages so that we can get you the best settlement possible.