Victims of truck accidents need to retain a truck accident attorney immediately after an accident. Truck accident cases involve complicated litigation. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers that do nothing but defend trucking accident cases. They try to pick cases apart piece by piece. You’ll need your team of trucking accident lawyers on your side supporting every element of liability and damages while advocating for you and your family.
Never give the truck’s insurer a statement
It’s likely that insurers will ask you to give a written or recorded statement without an attorney being present on your behalf. You’re under no legal obligation to give it to them. They’ll only use it against you in the future after you’ve already damaged your case. There’s a time and place to give a statement. Your truck accident attorney will prepare you for that and be present with you when you give it.
Both state and federal laws apply
You’re going to be required to prove that the truck driver and/or those who owned, loaded or maintained the truck were negligent. Negligence can involve complicated issues of the common law, Pennsylvania statutes and federal regulations governing the trucking industry.
A common mistake is to retain a lawyer without any experience in accidents involving tractor trailers. Experience in truck accident litigation is essential. Numerous parties might have contributed to liability, and they’ll be pointing their fingers at each other and you too. According to the Philadelphia truck accident attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., an attorney with extensive experience will maintain as much control as possible over the liability aspect of the case.
Documentation of evidence
Our truck accident investigation team will begin documenting the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and they’ll prepare to obtain statements of any witnesses right after we’re retained. The truck insurer will have its investigative team. You should have your team too. Our team’s experience taught us how to dig for and uncover critical and pivotal evidence.
More than just a grasp of the medical issues in a case is required in truck accident cases. The truck accident attorney must be articulate in the nature, extent, diagnosis and prognosis of the client’s injuries because the insurance defense attorneys can be expected to dispute each and every element of damages.
Never try to even get to step one of a truck accident claim alone. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation immediately after a truck accident, and get your case moving right away.
This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.