The dangers inherent in using and sharing the road can lead to life changing consequences. In the simplest of circumstances, you may not need an attorney, and if this is the case, we will happily tell you so. But more often, the circumstances are not simple. Because the injuries and out-of-pocket costs can be so extraordinarily devastating, we encourage you to call us for a free consultation before trying to handle the matter yourself.
In a Private Passenger Automobile Wreck, the person responsible for getting you back on your feet is rarely the other driver, and more often an insurance company whose has spent millions studying tactics to avoid paying fair value for your claim. (See, e.g., From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves: The Dark Side of Insurance) For this reason, that seemingly nice claims adjuster whose first concern is “ensuring no one was badly hurt,” and who merely wants to “take a recorded statement,” rarely has your interest at heart. These tactics are clear signs that the insurance company is preparing for a fight. Before you show the insurance company your hand, we encourage you to call or meet with The Stoddard Firm for a free consultation.
Tractor-Trailer Wrecks are different. Because Matt Stoddard spent years defending these companies, talking to their drivers, and attending their seminars, he understands both the industry and its obligation to the motoring public. For example, tractor-trailer companies are subject to extensive regulation that can make them liable for improper loading, hiring of unqualified drivers, driving over-hours, failure to administer drug testing, or failure to perform pre-trip inspections. Many lawyers are not acutely familiar with the tractor-trailer industry’s regulatory requirements. More importantly though, with a tractor-trailer wreck, quick investigation is critical. Tractor-trailer companies have teams on 24-hour standby that arrive at the scene and attempt to influence the authorities’ opinions as well as take recorded statements and photographs. These “emergency response teams” are not looking out for your best interest. Again, we encourage you to call or meet with The Stoddard Firm for a free consultation so that the tractor-trailer company is not the only party with a response team.
The Stoddard Firm also handles wrecks involving Motorcycles or Pedestrians. Both motorcycles and pedestrians have a right to be on public roads, and because these parties lack the protection of a substantial vehicle, even minor errors by a striking driver will often lead to disastrous consequences. The Stoddard Firm respects the rights of both motorcyclists and pedestrians to use this country’s roadways. If you have been injured while driving a motorcycle or while walking along the roadway, please call us for a free consultation.