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Should you settle a Texas truck accident claim or pursue a trial?

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Without question, San Antonio truck accidents are dangerous to other motorists and passengers. Many of those who survive these crashes often suffer from catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken or crushed limbs
  • Internal injuries

Most trucking companies and private truck drivers strive to operate their vehicles safely, but sometimes, negligence is a factor in these accidents. Regardless of what caused the crash, many victims receive offers to settle a truck accident claim out of court. Below is information about the pros and cons of settling your claim.

The advantages of settling

One of the most valuable benefits of settling your case is that you will trade the uncertainty of a trial for a guaranteed outcome. Other benefits include:

  • You save time and money: Settling proceeds faster and typically costs less than litigation.
  • You experience less stress: You can avoid the anxiety and stress of litigation by choosing to settle.
  • You preserve your privacy: Accepting a settlement protects the sensitive details of your accident claim.

Depending on your needs, settling your case may provide you with enough compensation to continue moving forward in the wake of your injuries. However, consider the cons of a settlement before you decide.

The disadvantages of settling

Most victims agree that settling a truck accident case may not be enough to hold the responsible parties accountable when negligence is a factor. Two more downsides of accepting a settlement include the following.

  • You give up the right to seek additional legal action, including a juried trial.
  • You may end up with less compensation than you might have won through (successful) litigation.

It is wise to seek a qualified legal opinion about your case before you decide to settle or pursue a lawsuit. It may also help to learn more about Texas motor vehicle accident and injury compensation laws.