What Should I Do if I’m Injured By a Commercial Truck While Riding My Scooter?
It’s one of the worst accidents that can happen on California’s streets: a scooter rider is hit by a big truck. An accident like this can cause severe injuries, permanent disabilities, or even death.
Motorcyclists and scooter users are always at risk of being seriously hurt in crashes with large commercial vehicles. All it takes is one wrong move and someone’s life is changed forever.
Truck drivers usually survive these crashes mostly unscathed. It’s the scooter riders and motorcyclists who end up with life-changing injuries and a pile of expensive bills.
Severe Scooter Accidents are Becoming More Common
If you survive being hit by a truck in a motorcycle or scooter accident, thank your lucky stars. Fatal scooter accidents are on the rise. A three-year scooter study found that ER visits almost doubled and 133,000 people were injured and 41 died due to injuries sustained in scooter crashes.
When the immediate aftermath of the accident is over and you’re back at home trying to rest and recover from your injuries, get a lawyer on your case right away. Now you’ll be facing the next stage in the process: dealing with the trucking company, their driver, their insurance carrier, your medical providers, and more.
With so many parties involved, it’s easy to get overwhelmed – especially when you’re trying to focus on your health. But a good attorney has seen it all before and knows exactly how to handle it.
Here’s the Good News About Truck and Scooter Accidents
This might sound strange, but there’s actually a silver lining to your accident. You were hit by a commercial truck, which is very likely to be covered by an excellent insurance policy.
Trucking companies carry large insurance policies to cover accidents exactly like yours. For them, insurance is a cost of doing business. Of course, the insurance company will be hoping to minimize their costs.
That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if the insurance carrier balks at paying your claim, at least initially. They might ask you for lots of additional details, bog you down with a rigorous claims process, or even throw out a lowball offer that doesn’t even come close to paying your bills.
Don’t accept an offer too quickly! Talk to your lawyer about negotiating a better deal that provides fair and full compensation for your losses.
Settling for Pennies vs. Securing a Seven-Figure Settlement
Hiring a lawyer can make a huge difference in the level of compensation you receive. At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we had a client who was a motorcyclist and was driving down Market Street in San Francisco.
A delivery truck driver whipped their door open in the path of the motorcyclist, who hit the door and went flying. The impact was so severe, it cut part of his finger off.
We had to track down the truck and its driver. The truck didn’t have any name or labels on it, so it was very difficult to tell who owned it. But we put our investigative skills to work and tracked it to a delivery company that had rented out the truck temporarily.
Imagine the complexity of this situation. You have the rental company, the delivery company, the various insurance companies, and the driver – who, in this case, was actually employed by yet another company. Our struggling client just wanted to get the compensation he needed to recover from the traumatic accident.
In the end, Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers arranged a seven-figure settlement for him. If we hadn’t been there fighting for our client, the liable people might have gotten away with paying him nothing at all.
When you hire us as your scooter accident lawyers, we’ll fight just as hard for you. We’re avid scooter riders ourselves so we know what it’s like to be “the little guy” in traffic. Let’s seek the compensation you deserve!
We Handle Your Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life
After an accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many types of personal injury claims, including scooter accident claims. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details.
We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.