Common Questions


What To Expect


Trucking accident cases often involve major injuries or death. At the law firm of Chappell, Smith & Arden, our attorneys understand that the people injured in trucking accidents as well as the relatives of those killed in such accidents look to us to handle not only the legal aspects of their cases, but also to give them the guidance, comfort, support and information they need to deal with the difficult consequences they face. What can you expect when you entrust your case to the trucking accident attorneys at Chappell, Smith & Arden?


1. What can I expect if I call for a free consultation?

Call us for a free consultation and tell us about your case so we can make an appointment to see you. At your first appointment, you will meet with one or more members of the Chappell, Smith & Arden Law Firm at no cost to you. We will listen to your account of the accident, how it happened and how you were injured.

2. Who will represent me?

We use a team approach to manage our cases. Attorneys, claims consultants, administrative and litigation legal assistants, investigators and other staff members work together to prepare your case for settlement or trial.

3. How will my case be pursued?

Trucking accident cases require special handling with respect to investigation and preservation of evidence. We use trained truck accident investigators to undertake a preliminary accident investigation which will help us understand how your accident happened.

4. Will I be reimbursed for personal injury medical expenses?

With your help, our legal team will collect information about your medical history and your current medical care and treatment. If there is medical payment coverage available to you through your own or someone else’s motor vehicle insurance company, we will handle your medical expense claim without charging you a legal fee.

5. When is a lawsuit filed?

We will ordinarily engage in settlement negotiations with the insurance carrier(s) before we file suit. If settlement negotiations break down, we move to the next step, filing a lawsuit.

6. What’s the course of action?

If the insurance company makes no offer or an unreasonable offer, we will sit down with you and explain your alternatives which may include arbitration, mediation, or trial.




For a free consultation with Mark D. Chappell or W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. of Chappell, Smith & Arden, call toll free 800.531.9780.

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