Louisiana 18-wheeler accidents tend to be more complicated than standard Louisiana auto accident cases. Thus, settling the insurance claim may take anywhere from nine months to a couple of years.
Why? It is because Louisiana big rig truck accidents tend to involve more severe, life-threatening, and dangerous injuries. So, medical care and recovery can take many months. A settlement cannot be reached until ALL the medical bills are collected and tabulated. Further, as healing progresses, it may become clear that there will be FUTURE medical expenses because of long-term medical conditions caused by the accident. It takes time to estimate precisely how long future medical care will be needed and the associated costs.
Also, there may be many parties who can be held legally liable under Louisiana law, including the driver, the driver's employer, the owner of the truck, the repair company that serviced and maintained the tractor-trailer truck, and even the manufacturer of the truck (if a design or manufacture defect had some causal connection to the accident. It takes time to investigate the cause of the Louisiana 18-wheeler accident, to determine what happened, and to understand who or what caused the crash.
Victims who are injured do not want to obtain less money than they can. Thus, it is not advisable to "rush" a settlement since, under Louisiana negligence law, victims are entitled to FULL compensation for their injuries and any damage to property (like their vehicle and the vehicle's contents).
Moreover, understand that once a settlement has been reached, there is no "going back for more." If victims "rush" to settle, there will be no additional settlement money if there are more medical procedures and expenses.
This is one reason that victims should consult with experienced and top-rated Louisiana personal injury lawyers who can help determine the cause and help locate ALL of the at-fault parties. In undertaking these tasks, your Louisiana 18-wheeler truck accident lawyers can increase your chances of obtaining a full recovery of compensation. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
As noted, the severity of the injuries and determining the full list of at-fault parties are two factors that determine how long it takes to settle a Louisiana 18-wheeler accident claim. Another reason why Louisiana big truck accident cases take more time is that truck companies tend to be aggressive when defending accident claims. With typical auto accident claims, the owner of the vehicle that caused the accident generally lets the insurance company handle the settlement negotiations. However, trucking companies take a much more active role and have the authority to insist on a "hard bargain." Plus, trucking companies are not afraid to defend a personal injury lawsuit.
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