Settling a Claim After a Semi Truck Accident

Being in any kind of car accident is a scary situation and the aftermath can be extremely stressful.  We think it’s safe to say that most people would like accident claims to be settled as smoothly and quickly.  If you are ever involved in an accident involving a semi truck, the process could be longer.  This blog post from our sister website, Ernst Law Group, explains how quickly you could potentially settle your accident claim.

How Quickly Can I Settle My Semi Truck Accident Claim?

July 17, 2017 | Taylor Ernst

When someone is injured in a semi truck accident in San Luis Obispo, we often hear from them regarding filing a personal injury lawsuit. We settle cases like this frequently, and we are typically asked the same question: How quickly can I settle my case?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. While some cases are settled fairly rapidly, other cases can take months or years to settle. How quickly a victim’s case will settle depends on a number of factors.

1. The Investigation

As with any personal injury claim, a semi truck accident case requires a detailed investigation. It is not unusual for an insurance company representing a semi truck owner or operator to try to put at least some of the blame for the accident on the victim. In some cases, it is necessary for the victim’s attorney to conduct an extensive investigation of their own to ensure that their client is being treated fairly.

When a professional investigation is conducted, it can add time to the case. That said, it is crucial that the victim does not get frustrated with the process, as it can reveal critical information. If your attorney needs to conduct an investigation, know that they are only doing so to protect your rights.

2. Insurance Coverage is Large

The insurance coverage for a semi truck is much higher than that for a passenger vehicle. Because the amount of coverage is so high, insurance companies will do everything in their power to defend their driver and the company that employs them.

Additionally, there may be several people that are covered and multiple people who may be considered at fault. An insurance company may cover the employer, the driver and the truck and trailer. Your attorney will work to discover every source of recovery in order to get you the best settlement.


3. Injuries

In some cases, you will not want to file a lawsuit until you understand the full extent of your injuries and how they will impact your life. When a person is involved in an accident with a semi truck, their injuries are more likely to be severe. This can greatly impact the amount of time required to treat the injuries. A case should only move forward when a doctor releases the victim from care. When this occurs, an attorney will have a full picture of just what type of compensation should be sought.

As you can see, there are different elements that will come into play with your semi truck accident case. A personal injury case should not be hurried. Patience can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a semi truck accident in San Luis Obispo, reach out to our team. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of the compensation you may be entitled to. Your first consultation will be held at no cost to you or your family. Call today to schedule your case evaluation.


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