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Mistakes to Avoid After a Truck Accident
One of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid after you’re in an injury wreck with a tractor trailer is trying to go it alone. Hire a lawyer immediately. The tractor trailer cases are complicated. There’s a lot of federal regulations and federal laws that must be followed that take a professional and experienced tractor trailer injury attorney to figure those out. Evidence can be lost. You need to get to the scene to make sure that you take pictures, over and above what any law enforcement pictures will be taken. You have to preserve the evidence. The biggest problem I see is wait to see what the insurance company offers before hiring a lawyer. That is exactly what they want you to do, and that’s why you shouldn’t do it. Hire a lawyer immediately who’s experienced in tractor trailer accident cases.
Steps After a Truck Accident
When you’re injured in a tractor trailer wreck, there are several things you need to think about doing. The first thing we worry about is our client’s health. We make sure our client gets to the doctors they need. We make sure our doctors are competent in these areas. We make sure our client gets a specialist if they need it. We make sure that the doctors get the therapy and they find doctors that will work with them with their business schedule. We make sure that our clients have everything they need to get their health back because, at the end of the day, this is all about our clients’ health and getting them back to where they were before the wreck. No amount of money we can bring them will change their health. In today’s world, being able to enjoy your life is the most important thing. Once we have our client situated, then we turn ourselves to investigating the case. The reason it’s so important to get right on these cases is because there’s so much evidence out there. The tractor trailer trucks have a lot of electronic equipment. They have devices there that tell you how fast they were going, when they were signaling, when they were braking, and how hard they were braking. They’ll have electronic logs that tell you how long the driver has been driving, and how many times he’s taken a rest when he needs to. It’ll help us understand how many of the safety rules the tractor trailer driver either broke or obeyed. It’ll help us determine how many of the safety rules the trucking company obeyed or disobeyed. It’s really important we investigate it. We hire investigators to go out, and take pictures of the scene. We hire accident reconstructionists to look at all the topics involved with that to make a mathematical inquiry of the speed and the various things that they do to come up with their opinion in what caused the wreck.
We hire tractor trailer safety experts who determine how this wreck might have occurred. Did it occur due to a violation of safety rules that have been laid out in the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Regulations? These regulations have been set out to keep the public safe. These are important things that have to happen. Tractor trailer companies are all over the country. They send tractor trailers all over the country, so you have to make sure you get ahold of all the witnesses. You keep their names, addresses, or emails. You have to safeguard this evidence. You have to make sure that in a year, when you want to find somebody, you have the proper contact information to call them. I’ve had several instances where I got a case late and I couldn’t find the witnesses; that hurts your claim. The only person who benefits from delaying starting the investigation and getting after a tractor trailer injury case is the tractor trailer company and the insurance company. It doesn’t benefit the injured person at all. Make sure you hire a lawyer, so we can start on the steps to a successful recovery for you in a tractor trailer injury case.
Truck Accidents and Insurance Companies
In tractor trailer injury cases, I do not recommend that you talk to the trucking company, the trucking company’s attorney, or the trucking company’s insurance adjuster. They are not your friends; they’re not trying to really help you. They’re trying to pay the least amount possible. There are so many things that go into these cases that you need to hire a lawyer or an attorney immediately, so you don’t have to worry about those issues.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a commercial vehicle crash and have questions about life after a truck accident? Contact a Stillwater truck accident attorney at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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