Due to their weight and size, commercial trucks are extremely dangerous. They have to be operated with full attention and only by trained individuals.
Almost every accident that involves a commercial truck ends up with one or more fatalities. According to statistics, commercial trucks are involved in about 6-7 percent of all car accidents. It is a horrifying event that no person should ever have to witness.
However, these things happen on a daily basis and it is important for the victims to be prepared to act. Here is everything you need to know about dealing with a semi-truck accident that was not your fault.
Gathering The Evidence
The police came and you helped them file a report. The next thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. If you are lucky to have survived with minor injuries, you should also contact an attorney right away. You are going to need someone with experience to investigate the scene and gather the evidence you need to file a claim against the trucker or the commercial company. This evidence usually involves:
- Driving logs
- Witness statements
- Photos of the damage and the scene of the accident
- Papers showing recent equipment inspections
Virginia truck accident attorneys can help you gather all the evidence needed to establish a base for a successful claim. Feel free to contact them right after the accident.
Know What To Expect
As a victim, you have the right to seek compensation for any expenses and losses after an accident. Here are some of the things you can expect to recover following the accident:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Property (vehicle) damage
- Miscellaneous expenses (i.e. traveling costs to and from doctor appointments)
Do not expect it to be easy. The commercial company has dealt with situations like this one in the past, and they have a team of highly experienced lawyers ready to defend their truckers and even reduce the sum of the compensation that the victims seek. With that in mind, you should always have the best attorney by your side.
One final thing that has to be done before your claim can be filed is determining negligence. If there is no evidence that the trucker was the one responsible for the accident, your attorney will have to conduct a thorough investigation to determine negligence. Once and when determined that the trucker or other factors were responsible for causing the accident, you will be able to file a claim.
Do you have an attorney in mind? If not, why not give one of our available Virginia truck accident attorneys a call and schedule a consultation today? You will learn everything about filing a claim following a truck accident and will receive much-needed guidance and counseling. On top of that, you have nothing to lose as the consultation is free of charge and you are not obliged to pay anything or hire any of our attorneys. Free knowledge is the best one. Do the right thing and call us today.