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Commercial Vehicle Accidents
If you’re seriously injured in a commercial truck accident, of course the first thing you have to worry about is your medical treatment at the scene. If you can, be aware of what’s going on around you. If there are witnesses that come up to you and say, “Hey, I saw everything that happened,” try to get their number or their name, because many times, when the police get to an accident scene, things are kind of chaotic and they may not get the names and numbers of all the witnesses. If you can do that, it’s really important. Going forward, you may have some obligations as far as filing a claim with your car insurance company, even though this truck may have been at fault for your accident. Your medical expenses and lost wages are going to be covered through the no-fault provisions of your car insurance policy, so you have an obligation to file an application for those benefits within 30 days. You want to make sure you do that as quickly as you can.
Choosing a Truck Accident Attorney
After a commercial truck accident, you want to make sure that you get a lawyer involved immediately because the investigation stage of that accident is very important. There could be several different insurance carriers on the line as it relates to a specific truck. The truck itself may be owned by one company. The trailer may be owned by another company. The box that’s being towed by the company may be owned by somebody else. There may be another company that secured the load to the truck. Say the accident happened because a load shifted in a truck; there may be another company involved that was responsible for securing the load to the truck before it got on the road. There are a lot of different moving parts to these types of accidents, so it’s really important to make sure that you get a lawyer involved right away to start pursuing that investigation. That investigation may include making sure that video is secured. If the accident happened on an interstate or something, they may have some video. That could be very important in determining who caused the accident.
Steps After A Truck Accident
The recommended steps after a commercial truck injury are really kind of two-fold. One is to make sure that your medical treatment is being paid for. We would like to make sure that you file your no-fault application promptly to make sure that you are getting your medical paid for, your lost wages, and things like that. The second part of that is doing the investigation. We make sure that we have the names of all witnesses that may have seen the accident. We get written and recorded statements from them. Memories fade over time. It’s not enough that you just got a name and number from somebody; that’s easy. You want to get that person’s recollection of the accident while it’s fresh in their mind. There’s nothing worse than talking to a witness two years after an accident versus a month after an accident, because the recollections are going to be totally different; people’s memories fade, so it’s important to get involved right away and get those people locked in.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a wreck and have questions about how to win your truck accident case? Contact a Hamburg truck accident lawyer at Chiacchia and Fleming today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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