Trucking Accidents: Common Questions

With the abundance of long-haul trucking on Iowa's highways, Peterson & Lipps represents many clients who have been involved in trucking accidents. Here are some of the most common questions that people ask us. If you have additional questions, please get in touch.

I'm considering a lawyer who specializes in car accidents. Aren't they basically the same as truck accidents?

No. The injuries in trucking accidents are far more serious. They can include spinal injuries, paralysis, organ failure and even death.

Also, while most car accident cases only involve the other driver's insurance company, truck accidents involve the trucking company and possibly other entities, as well. A host of federal regulations govern how many hours a day truck drivers are allowed to drive and under what conditions, so a careful analysis of these factors is required in your case.

Professional truck drivers are held to higher safety standards than other motorists on the road, and we will use our extensive knowledge of these rules to your advantage. Truck drivers are under tremendous pressure to deliver faster and faster, so they can sometimes speed, overload their trucks, or drive while distracted or overtired.

The insurance company has already offered me a settlement. Do I still need an attorney?

Insurance companies remain profitable by paying as little as they can as often as they can. What this means is that they will offer you much less than your case is worth, hoping you will take it. You only have one chance to settle with the insurance company. Once that happens, they will not pay additional costs, even if your treatment ends up being more expensive than you originally thought.

By hiring an attorney, you will maximize your chances for a fair and just settlement. We have a good sense of the total costs involved in injury case. We also have a great deal of experience investigating details associated with each individual case. With this information, our knowledge and our proven advocacy skills, we can use that to balance the scales in negotiations.

If I hire you, will I have to appear in court?

A large percentage of our cases settle outside of court, so it is likely that you will not have to appear before a judge. Insurance companies want to avoid litigation costs on top of the settlement amount, especially if they believe that they are likely to lose.

However, a trial is necessary in some cases to secure the compensation that you deserve. We have an exemplary record in both trials and appeals. Our attorneys will draw on this experience to fight for you.

How much will it cost for you to represent me? Do I need to pay in advance?

We do not require payment in advance. The costs involved will vary depending on your exact circumstances, but we will only accept payment if your claim is successful.

How can I contact you?

Please reach out to us through our online contact form or reach us at our office by phone: 515-200-2518. We offer free consultations. Our office is located in Algona, but we serve people throughout the region.