Proceeding After Commercial Truck Accidents
Proceeding after commercial truck accidents is more complicated than traditional car accidents. Not only do you have to deal with the other driver and their insurance provider, but there are also trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and, sometimes, even lawyers involved. It can be overwhelming to say the least.
Were you involved in a commercial truck accident? Let us help. Just follow this guide below, and you’ll be on your way to getting the money you deserve for your wreck:
- 1. Call the police. With any accident, especially those involving commercial trucks, you always want to have a police report filed. This ensures there’s a third-party account of the wreck, which can help provide support for your side of the story later on down the line.
- 2. Gather evidence. Once the cars are cleared away, much of the evidence of your wreck will be destroyed. If you’re able, always take a minute to make notes of your surroundings, snap a few photos, or get eyewitness contact info at the scene of the accident. If you’re too injured to do so, ask a passenger or family member to take the reins.
- 3. Don’t speak to their insurance representatives. Never speak to the other driver’s (or the trucking company’s) insurance provider or give a recorded statement without first speaking to a lawyer. You may accidentally say something that could implicate fault. If this happens, it may make seeking compensation for your injuries difficult or even impossible.
- 4. Call an attorney. You should never try to handle the situations concerning commercial truck accidents on your own. A lawyer is a necessity if you want to get the money you deserve. They can help pinpoint the appropriate at-fault party (the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, or a number of others), and they can help gather evidence on your behalf. They can also help prepare you for recorded statements. Additionally, most trucking companies have their own lawyers on hand, so if you want an even playing ground, having a lawyer on your side is crucial.
If you or your loved ones were involved in commercial truck accidents, contact the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today. We’ll help ensure the at-fault party pays for the damage they’ve done.