Why A Truck Accident Case Can Take A Long Time To Settle

Posted on: 4 January 2022

When you are involved in an accident involving a truck, you will want your life to return to normal as quickly as possible. You might wonder how long it might take to resolve your truck accident case. With a legal team, you might be able to resolve your truck accident case more quickly. However, there are some truck accident cases that will simply take time if you want to receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Your Recovery

One reason why a truck accident case can take a long time is due to how long it might take to recover from your injuries. You may not know how well you will recover, how many surgeries you might need, how your rehabilitation might go, and whether you may need to use assistive devices in the short term or the long term. 

If you accept a settlement, you will no longer be able to pursue damages for that particular truck accident. Then, you may need to find a different way to pay for medical bills such as filing a claim with your health insurance provider or raising the funds yourself.

The Process of Determining Liability

In some cases, liability is obvious. In other cases, establishing negligence can require an extensive investigation conducted by your legal team. In some cases, law enforcement officers arrive at the scene of the accident and successfully interview several witnesses. Law enforcement and your truck accident legal team are able to determine who is at fault.

However, in other cases, the evidence disappears and the truck driver's company might act to cover up evidence. If this is the case, it might take much longer to investigate the case and find out exactly what went wrong.

The Role of Witnesses

If your truck accident attorney is able to identify and interview witnesses, they may testify to the fact that the truck driver was driving recklessly and may also explain the road conditions at the time of the accident.

Your attorney will also investigate the truck driver to find out:

  • How well the driver was trained
  • Whether the driver has any prior violations
  • Whether the truck was properly maintained
  • Whether the driver is complying with trucking regulations

While all of this can take time, the investigation will eventually increase the odds that you will be able to receive a large settlement so you will be able to pay for your medical bills and replace your lost wages.

For more information, contact a truck accident law attorney near you.