Wrecks and Crashes Involving Trucks
While truck accidents are generally not as common as car accidents, they still occur too often and can result in fatalities and serious injury. Many people assume that the laws and rules for trucks are the same as for cars. That is not always the case. Understanding how the laws are different is critical in properly evaluating a truck accident claim and protecting your family.
Compensation for bus and truck accidents usually include the ability to recover for medical bills and expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Additionally, in most states you can file a claim for personal injury and recover damages from the person or company at fault for the accident. However, this does vary from state to state so you will need to talk to a qualified truck accident attorney in your state. Some states restrict your ability to file a personal injury claim to those that find you are 49% or less responsible for the accident.
Anyone involved in a bus or truck accident should speak to a qualified attorney experienced with those types of accidents. A qualified attorney will know and understand the laws in your state to help you properly evaluate your claim and help ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries and damages sustained as a result of a bus or truck accident.
Personal Injury Claims and the Statute of Limitations
Every state sets a statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including bus and truck accidents. Many times, important evidence is destroyed or lost the second the vehicles are moved from the scene. Many states have a one-year limit of filing a claim for personal injury, other states allow a longer time period. However, most state statutes begin to run from the date of the accident regardless of when you first realize you are injured. Some injuries lay dormant, so it is vital that you are checked out by a doctor for specializes in identifying injuries from car accidents as soon as possible after the accident.
You do not want to make until the last minute to contact a lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury. If you are involved in an accident you should contact a lawyer immediately.
What does a claim for personal injury cost to file?
The first thing you will need to do if your involved in a truck or bus accident that causes personal injury is find a lawyer who specializes in that type of case. They will be able to evaluate your case and let you know what type of costs the case will require. The trucking or bus company has their own team of lawyers whose job is to pay the least amount on the claim as possible you need someone of your team to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Some trucking and bus companies even hire specialty groups like the Trucking Industry Defense Association. These organizations do nothing but investigate and defend trucking and bus companies. If you run up against one of these organizations, you will want to know that your attorney is experienced and competent to fight them in court if necessary.
That means that these cases often cost more than your standard car accident case and can take a lot more time and attention from your lawyer. Luckily for you though, like most car accident attorneys, attorneys who specialize in bus and trucking cases also usually are willing to take these types of cases on contingency. So, you typically pay nothing out of pocket unless you win. This not only helps protect you from out of control legal bills but it also gives your attorney a great incentive to work hard to make sure you recover the highest amount possible since it also effects how much they make, The limits on these types of contingency arrangements can vary widely from state to state so make sure you read your agreement carefully and ask any question you may have before signing a fee agreement.
What to do if you’ve been involved in a Trucking Accident!
What you do immediately following being involved in a trucking accident can seriously impact your potential claim and damage recovery. Because the injuries from a trucking accident have the potential to be life threatening and potentially fatal, it is vital that you immediately seek medical help. Here are some other things you should do immediately after being involved in a truck accident.
- Check with any other drivers and passengers involved to see if they are safe. Never attempt to move someone injured unless they are in immediate and imminent danger.
- While at the scene try and get everyone’s contact information including name, address, license plate number, and insurance information including the name of the company, the name on the insurance card, and the policy number. If a truck is involved, make sure and get its DOT number.
- If there are any witnesses, try and get their contact information as well.
- Take pictures or video of the people, vehicle, and scene of the accident. This type of evidence can be very helpful if the facts of how the accident occurred are disputed.
- Immediately seek medical attention! You should go to a hospital or urgent care facility regardless of whether you believe you are injured. Many times it takes injuries sustained in these types of accidents can take days to manifest but a medical professional should be able to identify and treat issues that you may not even be immediately aware of.
- If the police are called answer any questions they may have to the best of your ability. Do not admit fault or guilt but you should provide honest and accurate answers to their questions if asked.
- After the accident make sure you obtain a copy of the police report and immediately make notes of any discrepancies or inaccuracies that you see. Keep your notes in a safe and secure location.
- Write down the police officers name, department, and badge number.
- Immediately notify your insurance company about the accident.
- Consult and retain a lawyer before you agree to talk with anyone from one of the other insurance companies involved in the case. Even if someone offers you a settlement that sounds good you need to consider your long-term expenses and damages and should seek advice from a qualified lawyer before signing a settlement or accepting any settlement funds.