When you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you’ll find your life gets turned inside-out. Many pathways exist to help you move forward, but which one should you take? Should you settle your case quickly or take it to trial?
Your neighbors at Laird Hammons Laird are experienced with trucking accidents. We’re here with answers to frequently asked questions and are willing to help carry the burdens of your accident. We’re here to find a path not only to settlement, but also to a better future for you and your family.
Evaluating the Situation
Every trucking case we handle is different because each and every person who comes to us for advice and guidance is different. The most important action you can take is to get in touch and hire a lawyer to help you as soon as possible.
Look for someone who:
Why Should I Settle?
At the end of the day, our job is to maximize the monetary return you receive when your case is concluded. We know getting to know your personal story and tailoring our strategy based on your needs is the most important part of any case.
“The only thing our justice system is able to do is to provide you with a way to recover money,” Hicks said. “We evaluate each case and see if clients can handle the rigors of trial or if settlement would make more sense. We also get to know the people involved. It is the utmost importance for us to understand the human story behind the evidence. We get to know the people and the lives that are forever changed from the accident.”
If the need for any of the things above is too high, it may be an ideal case to settle.
Why Should I go to Trial?After looking at the details of each situation, we look at the risks versus the rewards of going to trial. If you]can make it through a trial, we focus on two things at once–building the case and building our relationship with you.
“If we can’t understand the drastic way a trucking accident forever altered the lives of our clients and their families–we can’t make the jury understand either,” Hicks said. “If the jury doesn’t understand how drastic the outcomes are and how our client’s lives have been affected, they won’t vote for justice. We wouldn’t be able to get our clients the help they need. We’re here to help our clients first.”
If going to trial, we:
“Our justice may be focused on money but we realize that is not what people’s lives are about,” Hicks said. “If our people are willing to go forward, we will too. Some clients are okay to take risks, some are able to stand up, not only for themselves but for the community in that public forum. There are times when the insurance companies don’t see the value in your life and aren’t willing to do the right thing. We are here to help you stand up for yourself and get what you deserve.”
Hire a Good Lawyer
Our job is to help you navigate the confusing decisions in front of you when you’ve been involved in a semi-truck accident.
“I hate wearing a suit,” Hicks said. “But in the end, I put on the suit and head to the courtroom with the depositions and the experts and my client’s real-life story. I go to talk to the jury. We use all of those pieces–depositions, evidence, investigations, focus group results–we gathered and then we execute our plan. We present the information on behalf of our clients, we stand up for our client and get them the help and justice they need.”
If you need more information about who may be at fault in your accident or what you need to bring with you to meet your lawyer, we have that information. When it is time to take the next step and hire your lawyer, contact us. We are ready to help you.