Injured in a Truck Crash and Need Help Handling the Insurance Company?
Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn knows what to do
If you’ve been injured in a crash with semi-truck or 18-wheeler, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you navigate the confusing claims process so that insurance companies don’t take advantage of you. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has acquired millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and understands how to handle complex truck accident cases where liability may fall on multiple parties. Learn what a knowledgeable and experienced Kent truck accident lawyer can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
When you have a collision with a large commercial vehicle, it’s quite different from a car accident with another passenger vehicle. If you were in an accident with a tractor-trailer, there’s a good chance there are separate insurance companies that cover the trucker, the cab, and the trailer. The cargo being transported inside the trailer may be under a different policy as well. If there were other passenger vehicles involved in the crash – which is common in jackknife and rollover accidents – then that can make it even more daunting to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Let an experienced lawyer take the wheel. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has the knowledge and experience to coordinate communications with multiple insurance companies and will aggressively advocate for your best interests. A master negotiator and skilled trial attorney, he will fight to protect your rights and deliver real results.
What are the federal commercial vehicle insurance requirements?
Just like passenger vehicles, large commercial vehicles are legally required to carry minimum amounts of liability coverage to compensate accident victims in the event of a crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires minimum coverage amounts of:
- $750,000 for commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds that don’t haul hazardous materials
- $1,000,000 for commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds that haul hazardous materials, such as fuel, oil, cement, etc.
- $5,000,000 for tanker trucks that can haul more than 3,500 gallons
This is one reason why it’s so critical to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer if you’ve been injured in a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler. The stakes are high for the trucking companies and their insurance providers, and they will often exhaust every resource to challenge your claim. They also have teams of attorneys ready and willing to fight for them, which is why leveling the playing field will put you in a better position to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
What can I expect from the insurance company?
Insurance companies may pressure you to take a quick cash settlement and suggest that you only have a short amount of time to accept it before the offer goes away. That’s not true. The initial settlement offer is almost always much less than what you’re entitled to, and that’s why the insurance company keeps pressing you to accept it. Remember, you are allowed to negotiate for more money, but once you take a cash settlement, you often have to sign an agreement that prevents you from pursuing any further compensation. The last thing you want to do is find out down the road you took a cash settlement that didn’t even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses. That’s why it’s a good idea to let a lawyer handle your claim.
How can a truck accident lawyer help me?
If you’ve been injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer, there may be multiple parties that can be held liable for your damages. Navigating the claims process and dealing with multiple insurance companies isn’t easy – especially if you’re injured and trying to recover. An experienced truck accident lawyer can study the details of your crash, build a strong case on your behalf, and come up with the best plan of attack to maximize the value of your claim.
Don’t leave your future to chance. Let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC fight for you.
While insurance adjusters may seem nice over the phone, it’s important to remember that they aren’t on your side. Insurance companies aren’t in business to dole out massive payouts in cash settlements because they’re always looking out for their own bottom line. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident with a large commercial vehicle, it can be overwhelming trying to deal with multiple insurance companies who are all looking to pinch pennies at your expense.
Let our law firm take control. Zach Herschensohn is a no-nonsense negotiator who won’t get pushed around by insurance adjusters. He’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve, whether it’s at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. Don’t forget, we’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. See how Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.