Never Get Hit By A Truck

You know what I didn’t realize? When an 18-wheeler runs you off the road, you aren’t just going to get paid out by the insurance and go about your life. No, it turns out, the part where you end in a ditch isn’t the worst part of the process when an accident involves a semi-truck. I should have just taken my time in that ditch and relaxed because somehow I’ve been more stressed since getting out than I was when I nearly died.

All that’s because it turns out semi-trucks aren’t just owned by the guy driving people off the road. They’re actually owned by massive corporations. And if massive corporations all have one thing going for them, it’s high-priced lawyers. I, stupidly, didn’t get a lawyer right away, and I was caught flatfooted. The first I heard of the situation was when a lawyer contacted me for a statement. They were sneaky about it and tried to trip me up, tried to get me to say something that would prove my guilt. Luckily, I was suspicious enough to be cagey.

I called my insurance company, and it turned out they’d been all over them as well. They’d investigated the car. It was a whole mess.

So, I had to get a lawyer at that point because I didn’t know what was going on. Apparently, there are truck lawyers who specialize in dealing with this stuff. Foolish little me, I expected everything to be resolved quickly and to get a check to fix my car. Instead, I had to take money out of savings because my lawyer said this could drag on for months.

And months have been dragging on. It’s taken nine months for the trucking company to finally give in and settle with my lawyer. And, guess what, the check finally arrived. After my lawyer took his fee, I now have just enough left over to pay myself back and to cover a few other bills that had come in over the whole thing (I’d foolishly let my health insurance lapse and so I had to pay for the emergency room visit).

Basically, I went through nine months of incredible stress that I didn’t need after an awful traumatic event, and all I got was what I should have had coming to me in the first place.

Isn’t the trucking business grand?

I’ll tell you one thing. I am not going anywhere near a semi- for a long time. I’m taking back roads and alternative routes. Anything to make sure I don’t have to go through this again. If I lived in an area where I could walk everywhere, I would, but since I don’t, I’ll have to settle for taking an extra twenty minutes to get everywhere, driving through neighborhoods and going slowly everywhere just so I never have to see a semi-truck again.

Read that Charlie wants to thank the Charleston personal injury lawyers of the Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group.