After being involved in an accident with an interstate truck, it is wise to hire an attorney as soon as possible.
One of the first things that should be done after an injury accident with an interstate truck is to perform an investigation. This involves getting photos of the accident scene, you may need an accident reconstructionist, and you may also need to locate any witnesses.
It is also important to retrieve the driver’s log of the trucker after the accident occurs. Oftentimes the trucking companies only keep the driver’s logs for a short period of time (i.e. six months). If you fail to get the log before that time, you may not have the opportunity.
The things that the log will tell you include:
These can all play an important role in determining all individuals at fault for the accident, helping you to obtain a favorable settlement.
Trucking accident victims may also find that after being involved in the accident, the trucking company will have their insurance adjusters and their attorneys at the scene immediately after the accident. This gives them a head start in order to prove their side of the case.
Our piece of advice to anyone who has been involved in a serious injury accident with a truck is to hire an attorney soon after the accident. It is imperative to document the liability and the damages as soon as possible. You will want an attorney to start working on your behalf soon after the accident, not three months later.
If you have questions about trucking accidents or you are not sure whether or not you have a legitimate case, call our office at 800.637.8170. We would be happy to discuss your accident with you over the phone and explain the options you have and the recommended course of action.
For more information on hiring a truck accident attorney, watch the video below. Attorney Charles Boyk explains how important it is to seek an attorney’s guidance following a serious truck accident.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC