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A lawyer for the trucking company called soon after the accident and offered a settlement if I will agree to sign a release. Should I sign it?

Before signing anything, you should have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer review the offer and discuss whether it represents a reasonable settlement based on the severity of your injuries. You should not have to pay any legal fee for an attorney to review the offer and explain your legal options. Typically, quick, initial settlement offers by trucking companies reflect only a fraction of the fair value of the claim and are simply an attempt to relieve the trucking company of further liability. You may be signing away your legal rights if you sign anything presented by the trucking company or their insurer. A truck accident lawyer who has handled numerous accident claims can provide helpful guidance on the offer and whether it represents a just settlement.