5 Things You Should Know About Your Truck Accident Case

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Important Things to Know about your Truck Accident Case

If you were involved in a Commercial Truck Accident, it's important to keep in mind that a truck and car accident are two very different things. You should always hire an experienced Truck Accident Lawyer to handle your lawsuit. 

Even if you believe the accident is straightforward, there will be a team of attorneys ready to represent the trucker and his company.

It will be their goal to offer the lowest amount possible when it comes to the settlement process, and if you are alone, it can be nearly impossible to get the compensation that you deserve. 

So what do you do?

1. You Need to See a Medical Professional 

Before you do anything else, the first thing you need to do when you're hit by a commercial truck is to seek medical attention. Do not wait until days or a few weeks later until you're crumpled over in pain before deciding to go to a doctor. 

This is one of the most important steps when you're filing a claim for compensation. If you wait too long to be diagnosed and treated by a doctor, the at-fault truckers insurance company will try their best to deny you compensation altogether. 

If you want to obtain the best outcome for success in your truck accident case, one of the determining factors will be whether or not you were seen by a Doctor as soon as possible, and if you followed the orders that the Doctor prescribed. 

It is only in your best interest to begin treatment immediately. 

2. You Need to Hire an Attorney 

When you contact an attorney they will meet you at your Doctors appointment to discuss your case.

This means you can see a doctor and a lawyer on the same day. 

Not only will your attorney make sure that you're not paying out-of-pocket for your medical bills, they will also begin the investigation process of your case. 

Your attorney will know the rules and regulations that a truck driver is supposed to follow, they will know if any of those rules were broken, and they will compile evidence to support your accident case. 

You will not have to speak with the insurance company or try to negotiate for a settlement on your own, it will be up to your lawyer to make sure you are not being cheated on the compensation that you deserve. 

Your attorney will never accept a settlement without speaking to you and advise you about the case. The decision will ultimately be up to you whether you want to settle or not. 

3. Truck Accidents Require More Paperwork 

When you are involved in a Truck crash, ultimately the accident will require more paperwork and documentation than a typical car accident. This can be beneficial to your case, but only if the records are handled properly and requested in a timely manner.

Truck drivers have specific guidelines they need to follow, for example, there are rules that prohibit truck drivers from driving too many hours at a time.

This means they are required to take breaks to ensure safety. They are also required to keep detailed records and logs related to their driving history. So when an accident occurs, your attorney can request this documentation to use as part of your lawsuit. 

4. Trucking Cases are More Difficult to Litigate 

While most car accident cases are straight-forward when it comes to filing a lawsuit, truck accidents can get complicated quickly. 

There are often multiple parties involved, like the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the company involved with loading the truck. When it comes to truck accidents there could be more than one party liable for the crash, and in some cases, it may not even be the truck drivers fault.

If the company who loaded the truck did not do it correctly, and equipment falls and causes a crash, then that company will be held responsible for the accident. 

Knowing who is at fault and proving their negligence is impossible to do on your own. Truck accidents are complex to litigate because of all the different moving parts, and it's up to your attorney to handle this for you. 

5. You Need to Act Quickly 

When you are involved in a Truck Accident, it's crucial to act quickly. You need to call the police first and foremost to have the accident documented, then you need to seek medical attention the same day of the accident, and contact an attorney for legal advice. 

It's important to do these things the same day of the accident so you do not accidentally let too much time elapse before getting the help that you need. It's easy to put things off when the task seems too much to handle, but it is in your best interest to get the help that you need sooner rather than later. 

Your attorney will be able to advise you right away, and they can begin their investigation into the accident. 

Accident cases can already take several months and sometimes years to settle especially if severe injuries were sustained, and if multiple parties were at-fault. The faster you have an attorney helping you, the faster you can receive the settlement that you deserve.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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