If you have been in an accident involving a commercial truck, there are steps you can take to protect your interests and ensure that your rights are represented. Truck accidents are serious events, often causing loss of life in the passenger car or significant injury. We hope neither were circumstances you experienced. If you did, however, lose a loved one or incur injury in the accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
Trucking companies are in business to earn money and to retain that money, and they employ insurance companies that will do whatever it takes to ensure that you are not paid out what you deserve. There have been instances when trucking companies and/or their insurance companies removed evidence, such as the driverās Hours of Service records or other evidence identifying irresponsibility on the part of the truck driver or company. The following steps are designed to help you avoid being taken advantage of and to ensure you receive the best possible outcome of this awful situation.
Steps to Take After a Trucking Accident
Call an experienced trucking attorney immediately. This is the most important thing you can do to help yourself and other passengers. A truck accident lawyer can begin research into the case before crucial evidence is lost, as well as protect your rights from the trucking company and their aggressive insurance agents. Evidence at the scene is removed quickly by accident clean-up crews and, sometimes, by the trucking or insurance companies. An experienced lawyer will inspect the site and contact investigators and experts who can preserve and analyze the evidence to build a strong case in your favor.
Get an expert examination of your vehicle. Even after the police report has been filed, you may want to have your vehicle examined by an accident expert. That person may be able to determine important information such as the speed of vehicles, cause of accident and who was at fault.
Do not sign anything. In the chaotic time following the accident, you may accidently sign away your right to compensation.
Write down all details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind. Take photos, if possible.
Take notes during any conversations with the insurance or trucking companies. However, once you have retained legal counsel, we suggest that you let your attorney handle contact with the insurance or trucking companies.
Keep record of all medical expenses incurred after the accident, including extended treatment.
Hold onto any evidence from the crash. What may seem like a small detail may be what allows your trucking attorney to win your case and earn you deserved compensation.
If you have been in an accident involving a commercial truck, you need an expert trucking attorney with knowledge and experience. The law firm of Fried, Rogers & Goldberg has the resources to conduct the in-depth investigation necessary to build a strong case for you. Our attorneys specialize in trucking accidents and have worked with hundreds of victims, both in federal and state courts, and obtained multiple eight-figure and seven-figure settlements for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation.