Victims of trucking accidents think seeking compensation for their injuries and damages is relatively easy,…
Commercial trucks are a staple in the domestic logistics of the U.S. economy, and commercial truck drivers spend long hours on the road maneuvering their large vehicles. Naturally, traffic accidents occur. It’s normal for the parties involved in a traffic accident with a commercial truck to experience shock, and vehicular damage and injury are often unfortunate consequences of such accidents. For these reasons, it’s better for commuters to familiarize themselves with what to do in the event they are involved in an accident with a commercial truck.
The first and most important step is to call 911 and ensure that the local law enforcement and medical professionals arrive on scene to provide the necessary support and attention. If possible, you should document the scene of the accident with pictures and a timeline of events. Do so without speaking to or communicating with the driver of the truck. Ensure that you are able to take down the truck driver’s commercial license and insurance information.
This principle should continue beyond the day and time of the accident, as commercial trucking companies and their insurance and legal representatives like to move quickly in structuring a resolution that mitigates their liability following accidents.
While still at the scene of the accident, make sure an accurate and detailed police report is filed, and obtain a copy of all reports and paperwork that is generated by law enforcement regarding the accident. In the event of injury to you or your passengers, be sure to obtain copies of any and all medical paperwork from the medical first-responders and, if applicable, the local hospital that was visited.
Once all immediate accident-related issues are resolved on site, contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to review your claim and give you an idea of the strength of your case, how much you may be entitled to, and how long it may take to litigate the accident. After signing a contract, your attorney-client relationship will begin and it’s critical to follow the advice of your attorney from start to finish because the litigation of commercial truck accidents can get very contentious.
It’s important to understand that these types of cases aren’t so straightforward. Once a commercial truck accident victim files a lawsuit, multiple defendants are often “third-partied” into the case in order to help defer or split up liabilities in the accident. This is why it is critical to find a reliable attorney.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, Kristensen LLP can ensure that you get everything that you’re entitled to. Our knowledge of commercial vehicle accident claims as plaintiffs’ attorneys and experience in such litigation will help insulate you from the stress and hassle of your situation.