What is the Truck Accident Claim Process?

What is the Truck Accident Claim Process?

What is the Truck Accident Claim Process?

Trucking is one of the most important industries in the United States, as it is responsible for delivering goods and products from one place to another. The more items that are in demand, the more truck drivers are needed to operate these large commercial vehicles. Further, when there are more commercial vehicles on the road, the number of truck accidents is logically expected to increase, too. In 2021, large trucks accounted for nearly 200,000 motor vehicle accidents. In those accidents, just under 80,000 people were injured, and there were over 5,000 fatalities. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, it’s important to file a truck accident claim in a timely manner to get the justice you deserve. 

Meet With a Truck Accident Lawyer

The first step in the truck accident claim process is seeking out an experienced truck accident lawyer. Navigating the claims process alone, especially without any legal background, can be emotionally and financially tolling. Having a lawyer to support you can ensure that all forms and paperwork are filled out correctly, and you follow all requirements for your claim. In your initial consultation with your truck accident lawyer, they will answer any questions that you have about the claims process, discuss your chances of success, and instruct you about the next steps for your claim. 

Insurance Negotiations

After hiring a lawyer, they will help put together your claim by gathering details of your case and framing it to best support you. When these details are obtained, and the claims process is begun, your lawyer may attempt to negotiate a settlement with the responsible party. Because insurance companies are for-profit companies, they will try to protect their financial output. Your lawyer will protect you from their potential tactics to reduce their payout. 


One crucial step of the truck accident claim process is the investigatory phase. In this, each party is entitled to send each other party questions meant to uncover details. You are required to answer these questions, no matter how invasive they may be. However, some limitations do exist, and having a lawyer will ensure that you do not divulge any unnecessary information. 

Trial Preparation and Trial

If negotiations cannot be made and there is no fair settlement agreed upon, trial preparations may ensue. This means that your case will need to be heard in front of a judge in a court of law to proceed. Having an experienced lawyer who has gone to trial for truck accidents before can help you feel more comfortable.

Collect Judgment

If the trial works out in your favor, the next step is receiving your payout. Some defendants may refuse to administer your payments. This could require further legal action. If this occurs, you want a knowledgeable attorney on your side who can fight for your rights. 

Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident, working with a caring and compassionate lawyer who has experience in both negotiations and court trials could benefit your case. The attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. can walk you through each step of the truck accident claim process and get you on the path toward the justice you deserve. To schedule a consultation and discuss how we can best help you, contact us today. 

If you have been injured in a personal injury or work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 332-5400

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