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After a Truck Accident
One of the first things that needs to be done after a truck accident is to make sure the local government agency is notified. For example, the local police, DPS, or sheriff’s office, depending on where the accident happened. It’s also important that you seek immediate medical help. This includes not only going to the hospital but your own medical provider. Typically, when you’re going to a hospital, they’re going to look at only life and death situations. At the end when they release you, they’re going to tell you to follow up with your doctor. Please don’t ignore that. It’s important that you follow up with your own doctor because there may be injuries that you have that were untreated at the hospital that may need further examination.
It’s also important that you hire an experienced lawyer in handling trucking accidents. There are specific federal and state regulations that may apply to a trucking company. A lawyer who doesn’t handle truck accidents isn’t going to be aware of the various laws. When hiring an experienced trucking lawyer, you can make sure that you are properly protected. This means that any investigation that needs to be done is not only done, but it’s done timely. There may need to be a download done of the 18-wheeler that hit you, which means getting the information off their computer system to see what speed they were traveling at.
There may need to be an expert that gets hired to look at the area where the accident happened. There may be surveillance video around the area from different stores that need to be obtained. All of this is crucial to a case. If you have any questions, we are here to help.
Choosing a Truck Accident Attorney
When deciding on a truck accident attorney, there are four things you should ask yourself and the lawyer you’re considering. The first is that whether or not the lawyer is a personal injury trial lawyer. By personal injury, I mean, first of all, that’s all he does: personal injury cases. He doesn’t handle wills, divorces, or bankruptcies. Second, is he a trial lawyer? Is he a lawyer that will take this case from beginning to end? Will he go to court with you? Will he fight for a verdict for you in front of a judge and jury? The other thing you should ask is if they are a trial lawyer that has achieved successful results in the courtroom. He should be able to show you his past results.
Lastly, that he has board-certification, the highest honor the state bestows on a lawyer. Only 3% of the lawyers in the state are recognized as board-certified in a particular area of law. By asking those four questions, you should be able to build trust between you and your lawyer. If you have any questions for us, feel free to call our office.
Truck Accident Injury Claims
I had a young man come in the other day who was involved in a serious commercial truck accident. One of the questions he asked during the initial interview was how was this different than an automobile accident. My answer to him was very simple: they’re as different as night and day. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer who’s experienced in handling commercial truck accidents.
One of the ways that they’re different is that there are specific regulations that are going to apply to the trucking company, to the equipment that the truck driver is using, and to the truck driver. The potential for serious injury is also much greater in a trucking accident. The investigation is also going to be completely different because, in a commercial trucking case, you’re going to need to examine the vehicle to figure out what speed they were traveling at, whether the brakes were applied, and if the truck was properly maintained. An experienced lawyer can make sure that an investigation is done right away.
There are also letters that need to be sent to the owner of the commercial truck to make sure that evidence doesn’t get destroyed. Lastly, there needs to be notice sent and investigation done with respect to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help you.
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