Truck Accident Settlement Timeline
Wondering how long your injury case will take to settle? Watch this video about the truck accident settlement timeline in Texas to find out.
How long will my truck accident case take?
We got a call from someone who was in the hospital after they’d been in a trucking wreck, and they asked how long it was going to take for their case to be resolved. Unfortunately, there isn’t a crystal clear answer. You will have to complete your medical treatment or get to a point in your medical treatment where we know the extent of your injuries. Once that is known, then can we submit a demand to the insurance company asking for fair and just compensation for your injuries. If we ask before, then we don’t know what the extent of your injuries are and they could be worse than we thought.
After the demand is submitted, the insurance company has a deadline in which they have to respond. If they respond with something that we can work with, then we negotiate and we try to resolve your case then. Unfortunately, most of the time that doesn’t happen and we have to file a lawsuit. If we can’t negotiate, we file the lawsuit and serve the defendants. Normally, serving the defendants isn’t a problem, but occasionally people run away from being served lawsuits.
Once the defendant is served, they have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. When they respond to the lawsuit, they’re almost always represented by an attorney. At that point, we work with that attorney to get a trial date, and then there’s an end in sight. If, for whatever reason, we’re unable to negotiate a fair settlement, we know when we’re going to trial.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a truck accident and have questions about how long your case will take?
Contact our experienced Austin truck accident attorney at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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