If you have been involved in a trucking accident you may be confused about what to do. Whether you were at fault or not there are certain things that you must know about the accident to successfully get compensation.
Knowing the law will go a long way in helping you. This is because trucking accidents are different from regular accidents. They usually require a lot more information and often involve more than than just the truck driver who caused the accident.
Here is a look at what you need to know to get compensation for a truck accident.
- Get Medical Help
If you are involved in a truck accident the first thing you should do is call the police and most importantly you need to get medical help. Collect information from the truck driver and if you are not that hurt collect the names and information of any witnesses.
Even if you don’t feel any pain or you don’t see any visible injuries you need to get a medical report from your doctor. If later on, you develop symptoms of an injury you will have that initial medical report.
Often when no initial medical report is present the insurance company will try to argue that you are trying to make up an injury to get compensation.
- Who Do You Sue?
The problem with many trucking accidents is that you will not just have to deal with the truck driver alone unless it is a privately owned truck. Often, truck drivers are working with a company.
If the truck driver works for a company you will not sue the truck driver. You will instead sue the company that the truck driver works with.
There are cases where it is the truck’s manufacturer that will be held liable. If the trucking company can prove that the truck was defective then they will not be held liable.
At other times it is a government agency that will be held responsible. This will happen if the accident was caused by hazards on the road that need to be fixed.
- Get Representation
With all the ins and outs that are involved in a trucking accident. It can be difficult to keep track of what is happening. This is why it is always best to get a truck accident lawyer to represent you.
Truck accidents can get complicated because many times different parties will start throwing blame on the other. If you need a good lawyer take a look at the website of a good attorney.
Often they will evaluate your case for free. Getting a good lawyer will ensure that you do not lose the case.
A truck accident can get complicated fast. When this happens you should call the police and get medical help.
Trucking accidents will often end up involving several different people. To get proper compensation it is always best to contact a lawyer.
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