If you’ve been hit by a commercial truck then it’s likely you’re not just making a claim against the driver but also the company who owns the truck too. Employers are responsible for the actions of their drivers and in most commercial truck claims the employers are also liable for the accident.
However, in some cases, it’s not always clear who you will be suing. There can be many different parties involved.
That’s why your lawyer has to assess your case and determine who is liable.
This is what makes commercial truck accident claims more complex compared to car accidents. There are more factors to consider and in this case, the commercial truck company will have a team of experienced lawyers who are going to do whatever it takes to ensure you get as little or even no compensation at all.
That’s why these steps are crucial when you’ve been hit by a commercial truck to ensure your chances of a successful compensation claim are not taken away from you.
Inform your insurance company
It’s important to inform your insurance company when you’ve been involved in any accident. However, you should refrain from signing any documents or giving too much information about the incident until you have spoken to a lawyer. As you already know, insurance companies will avoid paying out where they can and will want to settle your case quickly. That’s why having a lawyer will help make sure you’re not blamed for anything that wasn’t your fault.
Do not speak to the insurance company of the commercial truck
After your accident, it’s likely the insurance company of the other driver and commercial truck will try to speak to you. Until you’ve got a lawyer, it’s highly recommended you do not speak to them. This insurance company will want to settle the case as quickly as possible and have little regard for your situation. You don’t want to be taking blame for an accident that wasn’t caused by you or receive less compensation than you deserve.
Seek medical attention
If you suffered serious injuries at the scene of the accident, you’ve probably visited the hospital and been medically assessed. In some cases, injuries from truck accidents may not surface until weeks or even months after the accident. If you’re worried about any symptoms or changes in your health after the collision then you should visit your doctor again.
This is why it’s important not to rush any type of personal injury claim because you may need to claim for further medical bills if future health problems arise.
Get contact details of driver and the company they work for
After the accident it’s important to swap contact details with the driver. But along with his name and number, you need to know where he works. This information will be used by your lawyer to help determine who should be held responsible for your accident.
Record what happened at the accident
Having a detailed account of what happened at the scene of the accident is valuable for your claim. It will detail exactly what happened from your point of view. Your lawyer can determine what mistakes the other driver made and will use this in your case. Over time you may forget important facts about the accident so having a detailed account is useful to have.
It’s important to also note any contact details you have of any witnesses. These can be other drivers or pedestrians. Passengers in your car can be witnesses too but they can be seen as biased because they know you.
Find a lawyer who is experienced with commercial truck accidents
When you’ve been hit by a commercial truck, you need an experienced lawyer who knows how to handle these cases. A lawyer will determine who you should be suing. In some cases you can be suing several different parties or just the driver and the company they work for. Look for a lawyer who has experience working on commercial truck accident cases and has a history of success.
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Our personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, have years of experience working on commercial truck accidents. We understand the complexities that are often involved in these types of cases and with our experience we can fight your corner and get you the compensation you deserve.
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.