In this episode Jack talks with Brad Bonilla, a 3rd generation Personal Injury Attorney with his Family owned Bonilla Law Firm in Austin, TX. Brad specializes in cases involving commercial and 18-wheeler accidents. During the interview he shares information we should be aware of if you or a family member is ever in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, especially an 18-wheeler.
News Flash: insurance companies are in business to minimize their risks and payouts. As a result, Brad Bonilla explains that in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it’s often the commercial insurer rushing to the accident scene as quickly as possible to gather as much evidence as they can to minimize any fault against their insured. In fact, in accidents with injuries, they’ve been known to go to the hospital to gather information on and from the injured victim to try and close the case before an attorney is even called.
One especially surprising piece of information which Brad shared is that when someone receives a monetary settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay for their medical care, the injured party’s medical insurance company can demand reimbursement for any monies they’ve spent on behalf of their insured. This is known as subrogation and most people are not aware of this.
Brad highlights the many important reasons why someone would want to use the services of a personal injury attorney that specializes in these types of cases when involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle.