Insurance Companies and Truck Accidents
Portland attorneys who can help
Trucks are an important part of Portland’s industrial and commercial economy. Passenger vehicles often share Interstate 205 and surrounding roadways in Oregon with large trucks. Due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, the damage they can cause in an accident can be devastating. A rear-end accident, jack-knife crash or accident involving multiple vehicles can result in serious, and life threatening, injuries to passenger drivers.
Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, truck accidents can be very complex. Never try to handle a truck accident claim by yourself. If you have been injured in a crash involving a large truck, you should always consult an experience Portland attorney who has a vast amount of legal knowledge. For decades, Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law have served Portland and the surrounding area. Contact us today so we can discuss your options.
Why truck accidents are so complex
Truck accidents can often involve multiple insurance companies, including your own. Trucking companies usually purchase separate insurance for the cab and trailer, and if a truck causes an accident with multiple vehicles, their insurance companies will also be involved. You should never speak to anyone other than your own insurance provider, and even then, never say any more than you have to. Any statement you make to an insurance company can later be used to downplay or deny your claim.
While trucking companies are required to purchase premium insurance that covers injuries to other drivers, their insurance companies will stop at nothing to reduce their costs. Additionally, trucking companies are often equipped with their own team of investigators, attorneys and adjusters, who will aggressively work in their favor. They can launch an investigation within hours of an accident and try to downplay any wrongdoing of their driver. They may even attempt to pin the blame on you.
If a trucking company’s insurance provider is generous enough, they may offer a small settlement that barely covers the cost of medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. But you should never accept anything other than the full cost of recovery. As medical bills accumulate and you are unable to work, the financial burden can be overwhelming. That is why you should speak with an experienced Portland truck accident attorney who can answer your legal questions and help you on the road to recovery.
Why you need us
Truck accidents are often much more severe than accidents involving passenger vehicles. Due to the amount of damage that can be done, large trucks are a liability for insurance companies. A single accident can cost their insurance provider hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. That’s why insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying the full extent of your recovery.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you need Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law on your side. With decades of experience, we know how to handle truck accidents in and around Portland. We will launch an investigation and gather the crucial details needed to build a strong case. We will negotiate with the trucking companies, as well as their insurance, to maximize your compensation. If they are reluctant to pay, we will take your case to trial.
Discover what a dedicated attorney can do for you. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.