calling an attorneyIf you have been injured in a crash with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you should contact an experienced Missouri attorney as soon as possible. Even if you have done nothing wrong, a truck accident lawyer can help get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and property damages.

However, time is of the essence: since the trucking company has its own lawyers, it will begin preparing its defense almost immediately. So, if you sustained injuries in an accident or believe you were the victim of gross negligence, don’t delay—get help today.

When to Call an Attorney After an Accident

You should call an attorney immediately after an accident, as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you have been injured, seek prompt medical attention and then contact us. While many truck drivers and transportation companies are honest, some are not. The sooner you get ahold of your attorney, the sooner we can reach the scene of the crash to begin doing our job. That means taking photographs, collecting eyewitness statements, and reviewing any surveillance footage from nearby cameras or businesses.

We will also begin building your best case for compensation. Even if you are still injured or in the hospital, we can calculate your medical bills, estimate the cost of future care, and prepare an aggressive offense.

Signs You Need to Call an Attorney Now

 Ask yourself if any of the following questions or circumstances apply:

  • Did you suffer any injuries in the accident? If you were hurt by a negligent driver, you should never have to pay out of pocket for treatment. However, the cost of care goes beyond medical bills and doctor visits—it can include the paycheck you missed in recovery, your physical therapy, and the emotional trauma of surviving a violent wreck.
  • The truck driver or trucking company won’t admit fault. You’re hurt, and you know you did nothing wrong—but the other party says they didn’t cause the accident. While you might think you can offer compelling testimony in court, you will need to be prepared with evidence, testimonies, and records. An attorney can help you get all that and more.
  • The trucking company’s insurance gave you a settlement offer. If you were not at fault—and the trucking company clearly was—their insurance may approach you with a quick offer. Oftentimes, these initial offers are low—and that’s the point. The insurance company wants to catch you off-guard when you’re hurt and haven’t yet talked to an attorney. The reality, though, is that you could likely receive a larger settlement through negotiation or a lawsuit.
  • You have any questions. We’re serious: if you are thinking about filing a suit but don’t know how, or are not sure whether a personal injury case is your best course of action, get in touch. We will go over your case, explain the process, and estimate your damages.

Contact Us Today 

If you want a Missouri legal team that knows how to get around trucking companies’ attorneys and tricks, send Layton & Southard Law, LLC a message online or call us today.